Actor Danish Husain and Underground Authority singer EPR Iyer to perform on June 6
The two cyclones -- Amphan and Yaas --- have taken a huge toll on the Sunderbans for two years on the trot. To lend a helping hand to the affected, a group of six students and alumni from different colleges in Kolkata, called Team Rebuild Sundarbans, has stepped in to raise funds through an online concert.
The concert, Oikyolipi, will be held on June 5 and 6 over Zoom. The ticket fee is Rs 50 and the money raised from the event will be used to procure and distribute essential food items and medical supplies to those in the Sunderbans.
What to expect at the concert:
The line-up for Oikyolipi features budding artistes and established names alike. Think stand-up comedy, one-act plays, monologues, singing and dancing, from 6 pm to 9.30 pm on both the days.
Among the star attractions is theatre and film actor Danish Husain, known for his stints in Dhobi Ghat and the recent web series Bombay Begums. Husain, who has played a key role in reviving the Urdu storytelling art of Dastangoi, will perform a short skit on Sunday at 7pm.
Santhanam Srinivasan (EPR) Iyer, the lead singer of the Kolkata-based band Underground Authority, will be the concluding act on Sunday at 8.15 pm.
Meet Team Rebuild Sundarbans:
The 6-member group is a potpourri of people pursuing different interests, brought together by their passion for social causes. Adrita Saha is a final-year student of Biotechnology at The Heritage Institute of Technology, while Mayukh Majumder is a second-year Media Science student from Techno India University.
Somudranil Sarkar works at a publishing company after graduating in English from the University of Calcutta. Rohit Gharami, a Media Science alumnus from NSHM Knowledge Campus, is a freelance filmmaker.
Pushpendu Sardar, a BA LLB graduate from Jogesh Chandra College, works at an NGO. Subhadeep Dey, who studied Computer Application at Meghnad Saha Institute of Technology, is a freelance photographer.
How it all began:
A phone conversation over raising funds while discussing the severity of the damage inflicted by Yaas led this motley group to contact like-minded enthusiasts. As they went about their plan, they got a lot of positive response from youngsters all over the city. That is how they came up with the concept of diverse performances for the Oikyolipi concert.
“The fundraising concert has taught me how one should come together in times of need. Every helping hand can give a ray of hope to people who have lost their loved ones, homes and jobs. The fact that we can actually provide relief to people through this concert makes me feel good and validates the cause,” said team member Mayukh.
The group has been helping the people of Sundarbans ever since cyclone Amphan, alongside providing medical supplies and food essentials to Covid-positive people.
“The biggest learning from such initiatives is perhaps that despite the uncertainty in our lives, we are regaining hope, instilling it among others and not giving up,” added team member Rohit.
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