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Music Program to raise funds for SocareInd

As a Reserve Bank of India employee, V.R. Mani used to cycle to work every day three decades ago. His route would pass by the then Central Jail, and it upset him to see the children of convicts sob and wail as their parents took leave of them.

Moved by their plight, he was determined to do something about it. When he retired, he ploughed all his money to start Socare Ind (Society’s Care for Indigents) in 1999, aided by his supportive wife. Today, the home provides boarding, lodging and education to nearly 75 children of convicts. All the children attend regular private schools with state board syllabus both in English and Kannada, with financial support coming in from individual and corporate contributions.

Benefit concert

To help these growing schoolchildren, Socare has organised Sur Sandhya 2011 on Christmas Eve, a thematic musical evening brought together by Saras Communications. Says Mr. Mani: “Saras Communications does not arrange ticketed concerts. They believe in bringing connoisseurs and music lovers together, who voluntarily and willingly contribute to the noble cause to help our objective get across. It will help our new initiative of buildings for our Socare – Bangalore and Gulbarga homes.”

Artistes

Leading artistes from Mumbai and Bangalore — Abhijit Ghoshal, Madhura Datar, Archana Udupa, Chandrika Gururaj, Arvind, Deepak, Aparupa Gupta — will perform for an orchestra conducted by the renowned Shabbir, which will be a tribute to the greatest Bollywood music composers. Aditya Rao, noted vocalist from the U.S. and lead singer on the web-based music channel, Shruti Box, will be another attraction at Sur Sandhya.

Source : The Hindu

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