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Soporis resonate with Kashmiri & Sufi music to raise funds for flood victims
New Delhi, India,September 24 2014
A special concert led by music legend Pandit Bhajan Sopori and maestro Abhay Rustum Sopori was organized by the German Embassy in collaboration with SaMaPa (Sopori Academy of Music And Performing Arts) to raise funds for the victims of the floods in J&K. The concert was organized by the efforts of German Ambassador Michael Steiner in the lawns of his residence here, the concert late last evening evoked sublime melodies with typical Kashmiri instruments like Santoor, Rabab, Tumbaknari, Matka among others. Sufi singer Ragini Rainu also gave a special performance.
Pt. Sopori said “the recent floods have perhaps been the worst natural catastrophe our State has faced. It’s been painful to see what people of Jammu and Kashmir have gone through in the last two weeks. The ‘Concert for Kashmir’ is an attempt will be made to bring people together through music and create more funds and concern for the victims of the floods to ensure the State esp. the Valley restores its glorious title of Paradise on Earth”.
"The purpose of this ‘concert for Kashmir - Ehsaas-e-Kashmir' concert is to show our solidarity with the people of Kashmir," said Steiner, who along with his wife Eliese felicitated the concert. "The events in Kashmir are heartbreaking. These are worst floods since 1904. The situation there is still difficult and it is not over because the water is receding. In many respects, it will become worse, it will become cold and there is risk of water-borne diseases," he said. Efforts by the German ambassador has so far mobilised a total of Rs 75 lakhs and Steiner said he has set himself "a goal of Rs 1 crore. It is only a gesture we are talking about but a gesture coming from the heart," he said. The supplies would be transported to Kashmir in three trucks, the first of which was flagged off by him yesterday.
Meanwhile, Abhay Rustum Sopori said the idea of a concert originated after a conversation with Steiner and his wife. "I called him up and in between the conversation asked him can we do something. He didn't hesitate," said the junior Sopori who was part of the last year’s historic concert at the Shalimar Bagh in Srinagar in September by legendary maestro Zubin Mehta with the Bavarian State Orchestra and Sopori’s Kashmiri ensemble “Soz-o-Saaz” organized by the German Embassy. Soporis will now organize more concerts in the coming few weeks in Delhi organized by SaMaPa.
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