This Independence Day eve, folk artiste Raghu Dixit plans to take his performance to an unlikely location. The musician is currently on the road and by this evening, will have covered 900 km from Bangalore, to play for local farmers at Pusad, a small town in the Vidharbha region of Maharashtra. Accompanying him on his bus are 40 of his fans. This Freedom Bus Tour and tonight’s concert have been organised as part of a campaign for an online social initiative, Rang De, which urges people to invest money in ventures started by rural entrepreneurs.
“It’ll be interesting and very intriguing to play for the farmers. I am looking forward to how they will respond to my music,” he says. Raghu is also the ambassador of Rang De. “This tour is aimed to put in perspective our urban life in comparison with rural life. As Indians living in big cities, we crib a lot about small things. Hopefully, my fans will discover newer things and experiences, as we travel through the countryside. This would also encourage them to do their bit for the farmers,” he adds.
While this gig will be one -of- a- kind for the musician, who is a regular at music festivals and also plays extensively at popular live music venues in the country, this isn’t his first rural concert. “We performed at the Rural Games in Mangalore this year for a crowd of 30,000. It was amazing,” says Raghu.
Having invested Rs.50,000 in one of the rural ventures in Pusad, Raghu also informs us that the tour is aimed at gauging the impact of people’s donations on the farmer’s lives. “It’s been four months since I invested the money. Now I want to vist the place to see how it has helped the locals there,” he concludes.