Some of India’s music industry’s biggest names came forward to raise awareness as well as funds for the Assam floods, at a concert in the Capital, this Sunday evening. The event, spearheaded by composer -singer Vishal Dadlani and Singer Papon, was hosted at the Blue Frog. Apart from Papon and m Vishal Shekhar, singers Arijit Singh, Benny Dayal, Shilpa Rao, Harshdeep Kaur, Neeti Mohan and the Band Indian Ocean came together for the concert called, #ForAssam.
It was a jampacked concert as more than six hundred people turned up for it. The concert was was touted as one of the best singers’ line up for any indoor event in Delhi. The tickets were sold out in just eight hours. ‘The line-up is fantastic and what can be better than listening to your favorite singers on stage while donating for a cause like this? Personally I came here to see Arijit Singh live’, says Amadeep Singh Kalra, a software Engineer.
Vishal and Papon came up with the idea while talking on twitter a few days back. According to Vishal, ‘All it took was a bunch of phone calls to the best of the best artistes in the country and here they are, for Assam. We think that the catastrophe in Assam wasn’t given as much importance in the media and we are here to raise funds and more importantly, raise voices for Assam.’
Papon who hails from Assam said, ‘I couldn’t help much financially, so my medium to help them is Music. Money doesn’t matter, what matters is that people should know of the situation there. North East is a corner and people feel neglected there. People there should know that when they need help, help will come.’
Performing numbers like Allah ke Bande and Roday, Rahul Ram, from the Indian Ocean band said, ‘Since Delhi has more people from the North East, I wish we could have done it on a bigger scale. This is our way of giving back to the people for all the love we have received’.
The evening was packed with singers performing back to back to some of the biggest numbers of Bollywood. While some songs made the crowd go crazy, swaying and dancing; some soulful numbers reminded them of the greater cause of why the concert was held. All funds of the concert went to the Chief Minister’s fund and none of the organisers or their partners, claim to have taken any money for the event.