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    Manipur: Virtual concert on July 2 to raise COVID-19 relief fund

    16 renowned artists from across Northeastern states and other parts of the country will be there to perform in this virtual concert.

    GUWAHATI: In the middle of the second wave of the covid-19 pandemic, a virtual music concert will be conducted on Friday to help raise funds for relief work in Manipur. 16 renowned artists from across Northeastern states and other parts of the country will be there to perform in this virtual concert.

    The fundraiser titled as ‘Many Voices One Tribe’ will commence from 7 pm onwards on July 2, Friday.

    The fundraiser is a social initiative by Be Good Tribe, a social community of young people. It is an entirely a curated event and third in the BeGood series after BeGood #ForHer and BeGood #ForEarth

    The objective of the latest initiative named BeGood #Manipur focuses on to bring people together, united by purpose and music, to sponsor the cause of covid relief efforts and awareness for Manipur who is struggling to deal with covid-19 pandemic.

    BeGood #ForManipur fundraiser is a part of the bigger initiative ‘Care for Manipur’, to assist COVID-19 relief work in the state.

    The artistes include singer-songwriters Ankur Tewari, Anoushka Maskey, singer Asees Kaur, singer-guitarist duo Bipul Chettri and Pranai Gurung, rock band Delhi Indie Project, Naga folk connoisseur and Padma Shri awardee Guru Rewben Mashangva, singer-songwriter Jasleen Aulakh, Manipur’s own singer-songwriter-performer John Oinam Ft Kennedy, singer-songwriter Kamakshi Khanna of ‘Qareeb’ fame, Manipuri folk and fusion artiste Mangka, pioneer rock band Parikrama, vocalist, bass guitarist and composer Rahul Ram of Indian Ocean, Singer-songwriter Seev Ft. Sara, Kolkata-based multi-instrumentalist Tajdar Junaid, Naga quartet the Tetseo Sisters, and singer-music composer Zubeen Garg from Assam.

    According to a spokesperson of ‘Care for Manipur’ (CFM), the project came on the table because of a group of people from different communities, professions and geographies linking over their love for the state.

    The spokesperson said, “It has evolved into a not-for-profit group and is currently engaged in COVID-19 relief work in the state. CFM has come together to save lives during the pandemic with medical supplies and monetary aid. We hope to raise Rs 1 crore by July 10, and use it to deliver oxygen cylinders, concentrators and other medical equipment, besides setting up ICU beds at facilities in Manipur.”

    Poonam Lal, founder of the social initiative commenting on the reason behind why BeGood preferred Manipur for its new chapter this year, said, “There are strong emotional ties and nostalgia since I was born in Manipur and grew up there. Personally, for me, there couldn’t be a better way to give back to the state. Also, music is a given, because it transcends boundaries and has a universality. In fact, music is in the soul of Northeastern states.”

    Furthermore, she added, “Our many COVID-19 relief efforts elsewhere led us to connect with this initiative in Manipur, run by some good people. The fund-raiser thought just took off and before we knew it, we had an amazing line-up of artistes who were excited to help. They reiterated our belief that at the core of goodness is inclusivity, compassion and kindness. That is what stood out as this project came to life.”

    Keeping aside the non-political aspect, BeGood, and Care for Manipur have appealed to the people of Manipur as well as the ones who are so far yet to discover the state, to contribute bigheartedly for the cause.

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