April 3, 2015

SONGS TO INSPIRE

Rhythms for Peace – Songs to Inspire – Fundraiser

Saturday 21st March sees the collaboration of Celebrate Life Events and Culturepot Global who both actively support emerging artists from diverse cultures through music and film, at the Freedom Week celebrations commemorating Bangladesh Independence Day.

The evening will showcase contemporary Nepalese, Bangladeshi and London musicians, coming together to share their vibrant sounds as well as raise funds for two innovative causes that help children in poverty turn their lives around: Music for Development and Food for People.

From Bangladesh, Rezwana Choudhury Bannya, a world-renowned Tagore singer. She was awarded the Ananda Sangeet Puroshkar by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India for being the best female Rabindra Sangeet artist of contemporary times. Besides her exceptional talent she founded Shurer Dhara music school in Dhaka, with over 600 students. She spearheaded an inspirational programme within the school ‘Music for Development’ focused on music education for impoverished and traumatised children from the slums of Dhaka.

From Nepal, Ganga Thapa, a dynamic and versatile musician His music is influenced not only by Nepalese, but Indian, Latin and African styles. This rare combination creates a unique, lyrical sound not to be missed. He will be accompanied by his band Namlo.

Sisters, Sanchita and Tanaya Basu De Sarkar will sing a Tagore song in Bangla and an English version with an operatic flavour. Wendy Lewis from London will be collaborating with Prof. Imtiaz Ahmed, an established Tagore singer based in the UK.

The evening will feature two short films: MUSIC For DEVELOPMENT, highlighting the life-changing music education of Dhaka Slum children and The Prem Rawat Foundation’s FOOD For PEOPLE project in Nepal. This is a highly successful project, initiated by Prem Rawat, which provides clean water and nutritious food for the village children and elders of Tasarapu. Since its inception in 2009, the cycle of poverty has been broken and the community is benefiting on every level.

Plus delicious Nepalese and Bangladeshi cuisine.