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Legendary Rabindra Sangeet Offers Hope

February 2005
Legendary Rabindra Sangeet Offers Hope

Asha for Education raises funds for underprivileged children.

The first fundraising event of 2005 to benefit Asha for Education- an action group for basic education in India was held on January 15th at the Georgia Tech Student Center Theatre. Mrs. Sanghamitra Chakrabarti, foremost student of acclaimed singer Rajeshwar Bhattacharya, enthralled Atlantans with the songs of India's legendary poet and Nobel Laureate - Rabindranath Tagore.

The host for the evening, Sunit Mukerjee of Asha-Atlanta, welcomed the audience and introduced the artists. Sanghamitra began the evening with "Modhuro Modhuro Dhwani Baje" which was followed by very melodious and rhythmic songs like "Amar HiyarMajhe Lukiye Chile" and "Tomar Khola Haoa Lagiye Palee". Just before the break, the audience was moved by the impressive rendition of "Bondhu Roho Roho Sathe", sung without any musical instruments. The second half included "Porobashi Chole Esho Ghore"- a call to all Indians staying abroad to return to their motherland, and more Tagore songs such as "Chokher Aloi Dekhechilem" and "Jadi Tare Nai Chini Go Seki". Sanghamitra ended the evening with the classy "Amar Praner Pore". It was good to see that the meaning and depth of certain songs was explained in Bengali as well as English for the benefit of the many non-Bengali's, both Indian as well as non-Indian, present at the concert.

Chakrabarti was accompanied by Amitava Sen on Violin, Tirthankar Dasgupta on Tabla and Shah Alam Khokan on Keyboard.

Asha is a non-profit organization, with more than 51 chapters in the US, and works closely with NGOs and other support groups in India to catalyze socioeconomic change primarily through the medium of education. The organization is committed to empowering underprivileged women and children in India by enabling them to access education, health care, social justice, and equal opportunity in their daily lives.


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