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One of a kind benefit concert raises funds for Jammu and Kashmir relief
November 30, 2014, 6:16 pm

The Times Kuwait “Hum Hain…Umeed-e-Kashmir” a Resounding Success

The Times Kuwait organised “Hum Hain…umeed-e-Kashmir”, a benefit concert to help raise funds for the flood affected people of Jammu and Kashmir. The event was supported by the Indian Embassy and saw Indian businesses, associations and individuals in Kuwait come forward with an outpouring of generosity to support Jammu and Kashmir flood relief, by contributing to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

The concert was performed by Raaga Factory of Dubai. The evening began with the auspicious lighting of the lamp by Dr. Gargi Jain, wife of the Ambassador of India, Jyoti Karmali, co-founder, Raaga Factory, Mrs. Muriel Alphonso, President, Indian Women’s Association (IWA), and Mrs. Najida Reaven.

At the outset Reaven D’Souza, managing editor of The Times Kuwait thanked the packed auditorium for their show of immense support and compassion towards the cause. In his address, H.E. Sunil Jain, Ambassador of India, appreciated the initiative taken by The Times Kuwait and welcomed the idea of the community coming together for a concert to raise awareness and garner relief.

With unflinching support from local businessmen like Dr. Rabiullah, Chairman of Shifa Al Jazeera Medical Group, Ashok Kalra, Managing Partner, Mughal Mahal, Ajay Sinha, Country Manager, Air India, Amit Malhotra from M3 Events, Andrew Thomas, IWA and several other individuals the show was a resounding success.

Together they presented a check of 10 lakh rupees to the Indian Ambassador H.E. Sunil Jain towards the Relief Fund. Additionally, all through the evening, various organizations, businesses and fellow supporters continued to pledge contributions to the cause, adding substantially to the total contribution. A touching moment for all present was when a little boy came up with a mighty donation of ten thousand rupees from his piggy-bank.

Volunteers led by Sangeeta Jamwal and the Indian Women’s Association selflessly gave their time to support the initiative by facilitating organization, reception, and seating arrangements.

The time for magical entertainment began with the MC for the evening Nita Bhatkar introducing Raaga Factory. Founded by Jyoti Karmali and Mitun De Sarkar, Raaga Factory is a musical group comprising of professionals that have full-time careers but come together for Raaga as they share a pure passion for music.

The band is a unique group of talented individuals who tastefully blend sounds of music to create refreshing harmony – a fusion of the old and the new, the west and the east, of melodies and percussions. The audience was mesmerised as the band performed folk music like ‘Bhoomro’  fused with jazz notes,  songs of Mohammed Rafi sung to accompanying guitar notes, and famous ‘Kishore Da’ numbers sung at an exciting pace.  Favorites of RD Burman such as 'Dum Maro Dum' were artfully blended with Pink Floyd's ‘The Wall’, which simply left the excited audience asking for more.

Lead vocalist Rohit Gupta along with Mitun De Sarkar, Ajinkya Pusalkar and Arup Gupta, with Shashwath Sunil Kumar at the keyboard, Neel Patkar at the guitar, Jacob Malayil the bassist, Harinarayanan Namboothiri the magical flautist and Vinoy Menon at the drums took the audiences on a two hour musical journey that had them foot tapping, singing along, clapping and swaying all in an evening of pure, live entertainment.

The major donors were felicitated at the beginning of the event on stage. However the unseen and anonymous donors, supporters, volunteers were numerous and The Times would like to convey a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of them. An unforgettable evening of music for an unforgettable cause!

On conclusion of the concert the total amount donated so far from Kuwait from Kuwait crossed the Rs 1 Crore mark, giving hope to the victims.

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