Mesmerizing sounds of guitar, tabla and piano filled The New York Society For Ethical Culture as Salaam Bombay Children’s Fund hosted a benefit concert titled “Sounds of Hope” in New York City. The event held on November 14th, India’s Children’s Day, featured a night of India inspired jazz, with some of the world’s most renowned musicians to enable underprivileged children from India’s slums to stay in school.
Victor Martinez-Angles commenced the evening by welcoming guests and then introducing Padmini Somani, Founder and Director, of Salaam Bombay Foundation. Guests enjoyed a short video on the work done by the foundation and learned how the funds gathered at the event will be used for future good. Head of Communication, Aditi Parikh introduced the featured artists that included Larry Coryell, a pioneer of jazz-rock whose eclectic sounds and brilliant technique has shaped the genre; Osam Ezzeldin, one of the brightest stars on piano and keyboard on the world music scene today; Kai Eckhardt, a former bassist with the John Mclaughlin Trio who has shared the limelight with jazz greats across the world; and Aditya Kalyanpur, a tabla maestro who has worked with a galaxy of stars including Keith Richards, A. R. Rahman and Katy Perry. Board member, Aditi Shrikam gave a note of thanks to the audience for their support for the evening.
“We thank the artists for carrying the message of hope for the children of India through their inspiring music. The concert will remain in our hearts for many years. Thank you to all our donors and sponsors who came out in large numbers. This evening has created an impact in our children’s lives that will last forever!” says Padmini Somani, Founder & Director, of Salaam Bombay Foundation.
Salaam Bombay works with children in Mumbai’s slums, helping children that live in conditions of extreme poverty and deprivation. 9 out of 10 children drop out of school, and face the risk of child labor and substance abuse, with tobacco use in particular. 1 in every 3 children is addicted to tobacco and is at the risk of getting cancer. Salaam Bombay Children’s Fund supports these ‘at risk’ children in programs that engage them through in-school leadership and after-school sports and arts programs. These programs build confidence, self-esteem and commitment to stay in school.
Co-Sponsoring Sounds of Hope was The New York Society of Ethical Culture, a welcoming home for humanists. They provide non-theistic services in a congregational setting and embrace the diversity of the city and invite all to join in celebrating life’s joys, supporting one another through life’s crises, and working together to make the world a better place.
To learn more about Salaam Bombay Children’s Fund, please visit: http://www.sbchildrensfund.org/