"Dhwani" to light up lives of those shrouded in darkness

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Kolkata, Feb 9 (UNI) Music has the divine power to bring light into the lives of many, especially those who have never seen the light of the day.

Renowned Indian classical percussionist Abhijit Banerjee's Brainchild Dhwani Academy of Percussion Music(DAPM), which originally started in 2001, had taken up the initiative to give away scholarships to at least two blind children every year and bring them closer to the world of music.

'' We wanted to do something for those who cannot live a normal life like the rest of us, for those who are physically challenged, '' Banerjee said here yesterday and added that physically challenged people cannot generally learn to play a musical instrument due to their innate inability.

'' However, only the blind can feel and express, by means of an instrument or their own voice, what they feel, dream and desire, '' he opined.

The academy will be organising an International Musical Concert here on February 15, featuring world famous Japanese Taiko drummer Keny Endo and eminent American sitarist and guitarist Paul Livingstone.

The concert will feature fusion of not only instruments of the East, West and Far East, but also a new genre of blend of culture and approach in music.

The key attraction of this fusion concert will be what they call the ''Ritu, Rhythm and Rang'', i.e to express the colours of different seasons through rhythm.

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