November 29, 2003 | Afternoon

Jagjit to sing for a noble cause

All thos who have heard ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh sing live on stage have just one thing to say, that it is a surreal experience not to be missed. And can there be anything better than Jagjit Singh lending that beautiful voice of his to a noble cause? Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, in association with the Women's Institute for Social Education (WISE) is orgaising a series of concerts titled Musical Relief to be held across the country by Padmabhushan Jagjit Singh.

WISE, a non-formal organisation, working to combat sexual exploitation and trafficking of women and children through prevention programs, is operational in 35 centres in rural Maharashtra and 15 centres in urban Mumbai. Through the series of concerts, the organisation hopes to raise enough funds for the various activities that WISE undertakes.

"The concerts will be held in six cities of New Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Mumbai from the 2nd of December," informed Vipula Kadri, general secretary, WISE. "A number of dignitaries from the state governments of these cities will also be attending the concerts, The idea is to bring awareness about the activities of WISE and the issues regarding women in India," she added. Jagjit Singh, the king of ghazals is looking forward to performing in all these cities. "I want these musical evenings to be full of entertainment for people.

I will be mainly singing ghazals but I am also open to requests for classical and film songs," he said in his characteristic deep voice. Speaking about the events, Jagjit Singh added that it is time that other social organisations too step forward to contribute towards the upliftment of women and children. "After all, all that we are doing is just a drop in the ocean and there are so many problems to be addressed," he said.

The Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces will be the main sponsors of 'Musical Relief' and Triumph Distillers and Vintners Pvt. Ltd., a part of UB Group, is also a partner in the event. The musical journey will begin on December 2, in New Delhi and end on the 19th of the same month in Mumbai.