This Saturday, the Rotaract Club of Bombay Film City will organise a unique musical evening called, Yeh Shaam Mastani, a musical extravaganza with Udaan, a blind orchestra band. The band will perform a host of Bollywood songs to an audience of 600 people at a hall in Vile Parle. The money earned from ticket sales will be passed on to the band.
“We were looking for a cause to support and raise funds as part of our initiative to help the community. One of our club’s members had heard of this band and we thought we should help out,” says Suraj Shah, president of the Rotaract Club of Film City.
While the Rotaract Club members are in charge of organising the event, the entertainment aspect has been left to the band.
Udaan is a band made up of 38 blind members comprising musicians, vocalists, gymnasts and dancers. Formed in 2005, it was founded by Keval Haria and directed by Deepak Soni.
Their main aim is to develop employment opportunities for members, so that they can independently earn their livelihood. Apart from the performing orchestras, the group also boasts of accomplishments in blind malakhamb, rope gymnastics and bamboo dancing.
Songs from every era
The theme for the evening will be Kal, Aaj Aur Kal. Band members will regale the audience with soulful Bollywood melodies from every era, from yesteryear tunes to the latest numbers.
“One of the band’s members who is known to sing in both male and female voice, will perform at the event. That apart, they will also play several innovative instruments that you may have never heard of or seen before,” says Shah.
Eminent personalities and celebrities will be a part of this event to support Udaan. Tickets for the event are up for sale and the response has been positive with nearly 300 tickets already sold. Entry is open to all.