Odd couple: A cat and a dog take shelter under an umbrella after a brief shower in Dehradun.
A city-based NGO, WSD (the Welfare of Stray Dogs), has gone the extra mile to help Mumbai’s mutts. The 15-year-old organisation has now roped in an choral ensemble, The Stop-Gaps Cultural Academy, for a concert at the Tata Theatre, NCPA, on Sunday.
“Every year, we spend about Rs. 50 lakh on various activities, like sterilising and vaccinating dogs, first-aid programs, ambulances and adoption services. Usually, arranging funds is difficult. But with this initiative, we are hoping to raise enough money,” says Abodh Aras, CEO, WSD. “Ten years ago, Alfred D’Souza, the director of Stop- Gaps and a passionate animal lover, came to us with the idea of such a concert. For various reasons, it didn’t take off then. Now it’s finally happening,” he adds.
About the show, D’Souza says, “The theme is obviously animals. We will have performances on songs like ‘Talk to the animals’ from Doctor Dolittle (1967), Whitney Houston’s ‘His Eye Is On The Sparrow and a few others.” The show will feature well-known musicians and singers on the Mumbai circuit, like Asif Ali Beg, Suzanne D’Mello, Caralisa Monteiro, Thomson Andrews, Ella Atai, Marie Paul, Shahariyar Atai, Samantha Edwards, Victor Rodrigues and Tara Sutaria. Comedian Cyrus Broacha will host it.
Stop-Gaps goes to the Dogs will take place at the Tata Theatre, NCPA, on August 26. Tickets are priced at Rs. 1000, Rs. 800 and Rs. 500.