Art and philanthropy have been synonymous since civilization began because art is dependent upon patronage, and yet debate continues as to whether philanthropists should support art or the needs of society, as if they were unrelated.
Omkar Music Trust, in association with Shilpi’s Voice & Visuals, celebrates its second annual festival, with a two-day musical extravaganza in MLR convention Centre, Whitefield, Bengaluru on May 10 and 11, 2019, in aid of Elderly Care.
Omkar Music Trust is a brainchild of Pt. Iman Das who has been honing the skills of more than 150 music lovers in the age group of three to 78, in Bangalore, Delhi, Seattle and California. Shilpi’s Voice and Visuals endeavours to promote arts, artists and support social causes through various mediums. They also aspire to bridge the gap between artists and philanthropists
Pt. Iman Das is a disciple of Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty and Shantanu Bhattacharya of Patiala Gharana, Pandit Kalyan Basu, a direct disciple of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Saheb. He has made a mark with his performances all over India.
Pt. Iman Das opens with a song dedicated to the elderly and presented by him along with seventy of his disciples, followed by a panel discussion with some distinguished guests on music for health and wellness, and the cause of elderly care.
There’s a line up of performances by musical stars like Ankita Kundu, Zee Kannada SaReGaMa Little Champion, duet recital by Monali DashRenowned cello player Shankar Sett and his ensemble of 30 disciples who would fuse Indian with Western by playing Indian ragas on their cellos, the western instrument. The first day would be completed only after another auditory treat, a foot tapping tabla feat by celebrated table maestro Ustad Sabir Khan and his three sons together, Forty Fingers of Farukabad.
The ghastly stories of #abuse and #abandonment come back to haunt every now and then. A helpless father being beaten up by his own son in a plush apartment complex, a mother abandoned by her son on a highway in the name of a long drive, a #dementia struck man of above sixty left in an air-conditioned first class compartment of a train neatly tucked in an expensive wheelchair, the eighty-five year old lady found unconscious by a Good Samaritan on a railway platform, an old man lying dead in another railway platform, ignored by passers-by and the authorities. Such incidents are rampant, irrespective of educational or financial backgrounds. We can opt to be like an Ostrich, but that’s not the attitude that could help reduce such incidents. These are stark truths, hard facts!
We need a community of philanthropists and the YOUTH like the Good Samaritan, who are willing to go beyond business and bring about a social change holistically as far as elderly care is concerned. The group is committed to art and philanthropy.