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Music to the aid of Kolkata street children

kolkata Updated: Jun 04, 2009 13:07 IST

Rotary International has planned a series of concerts across the globe to help out the street children of Kolkata.

The first concert in the series will be held at the historic St. John's Church in Germany's Schweinfurt on June 6, according to santoor maestro Tarun Bhattacharjee. Bhattacharjee said he had always wished to utilise his musical talent to help the homeless children.

"I feel happy to be part of such musical tours, the proceeds of which will act as an elixir for those living in the streets," he said.

The proceeds of the concert, likely to be around 2,500 to 3,000 Euros, will go to FORUM, an NGO working for the cause of street children in Kolkata.

According to West Bengal's Labour department statistics, children comprise 42 per cent of the state's population. Of them, 8.57 per cent are engaged as child labourers.