Show cause: Popular musicians who do charity work on a regular basis
Here, we look at some other musicians, who also contribute to various charitable activities.music Updated: Mar 19, 2016 09:35 IST
Besides entertaining their admirers by recording hit songs and performing at live shows, a lot of musicians also like to give back to society in whatever way they can. Recently, Sonu Nigam extended his support to the transgender community by lending his voice to a song composed by a transgender band, called 6-Pack Band.
Similarly, Shaan also instituted a study room-cum-library for underprivileged girls in the city. Here, we look at some other musicians, who also contribute to various charitable activities.
Shaan and his wife, Radhika Mukherji, have recently set up a library-cum-study room for underprivileged girls residing in Bandra. “Girls are made to do household chores once they are back from school and their small homes don’t give them the space they need to study, so we decided to set up this study room. We have a computer, books and a study desk for the girls,” says Shaan.
Besides performing at charity concerts, Sonu Nigam recently launched India’s first transgender band, called 6-Pack Band. He has also lent his voice to one of the songs by the group. “I always wanted to do something for them, because I felt that we don’t do anything for their welfare or respectability. I also knew that I will only be able to do this musically, and I am glad that I have been able to succeed in that regard. I feel honoured that I am able to promote them and bring happiness to them,” says the singer.
Pakistani singer-actor Ali Zafar recently sponsored a young squash player, Noorena Shams, for an international tournament, when the government authorities apparently turned down her request. She is now believed to be the youngest Olympian in Pakistan. “I never imagined that a film hero would become my real-life hero. Ali fulfilled my dreams,” said Shams, in a statement. Ali also works for the betterment of cancer patients. He performs at various shows to raise funds for them. “While I try to do my bit, I also urge others to do so,” says Ali. The singer shot a video recently to raise funds to build schools in Peshawar (Pakistan), where several children were killed in the 2014 terror attacks.
Kumar Sanu has actively participated in various live concerts supporting several causes over the years. He runs a charity school, called Kumar Sanu Vidyaniketan, for unprivileged kids in Delhi. “Every child has the right to education. I raise funds for my school not only to aid their education, but also to provide them with the basic essentials,” says the singer. Recently, Sanu organised a charity concert to celebrate his 25 years in Bollywood, and the proceeds from the event went to the school. Singers Alka Yagnik and Shaan, and comedian Raju Shrivastav were also part of the event.
Besides performing for charity, Kanika Kapoor also supports Pratham, an NGO that works to provide quality education to underprivileged children in India. She also wants to expand the fashion label that was started by her mother, Poonam Kapoor, in Lucknow (UP). Poonam started the label to create jobs for less fortunate women, who were adept at chikankari, the traditional hand embroidery from Lucknow. Kanika helps her mother support them through her charity. They have around 100 female employees on a monthly payroll. “This is my way of giving back to society. Besides giving jobs to poor women around UP, we are also reviving this dying art,” says the singer.
Besides sponsoring the education of four underprivileged kids, Kavita Seth also sends 5 litres of milk to destitute children every day. She also regularly performs at charity shows across the country.
Though this young singer is only a few years old in Bollywood, her charitable endeavours go back a long way. Palak has been performing at live shows for many years, to raise funds for underprivileged children. Through her organisation, Palak Muchhal Heart Foundation, she also helps kids suffering from heart diseases by sponsoring their treatment.
Pankaj Udhas has been involved in the treatment of thalassemia patients since 1987. He also works extensively to raise funds for people suffering from cancer. “My dream is the eradication of thalassemia. I’m also involved in the treatment of cancer patients. I have been working with the Cancer Patients Aid Association for a long time now. I launched a ghazal festival called Khazana in 2002, which is solely dedicated to raising funds for thalassemia and cancer patients. I feel that if you are gifted and blessed, it’s not charity, but your duty to share what you have with those who are less privileged,” he says.
Legendary sitar player, Pt Kartick Kumar’s son, Niladri Kumar, participates in several charities. He recently trained a bunch of talented girls, between the ages of six and 16, from an orphanage in Vasai. They performed with him at a charity concert, where Niladri also auctioned his 100-year-old sitar. “We didn’t want to limit the initiative to just one concert. So, to raise funds, I auctioned my sitar,” says Niladri, who wants to continue to train underprivileged girls in music.