Indian band chosen for Olympics struggles for sponsors

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London Olympics 2012
New Delhi, Jul 11: While Chennai-based Staccato is elated over being selected to perform at the Olympics in London, the music band is struggling to arrange sponsors to fund their trip to the sporting extravaganza.

The fusion band comprising a bunch of teenagers is one of the two bands of Asia selected by "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle from among 10,000 entries world over.

The band's Olympic composition being guided by music maestro AR Rehman whose nephew Kashif is part of the band. "Our instrumental compositions 'Sound of Air' and 'Salsa' got us entry into the jig, so we are working on more such composition for the big day," says a member of the band.

Both their entries for the selection - 'Sounds Of Air' and 'Salsa' were instrumental pieces hence the band is preparing two, 40 minutes each exclusive composition for Olympics.

The band has been allotted two slots of 80 minutes each to be performed at the Olympic Park the venue of performances all through the Olympic fortnight.

While practice sessions are on in full swing, the 10 member ensemble is struggling to get sponsors for funding their trip to Olympics.

"The news of being selected along with a band from China from more than 10,000 entries came as a great surprise for us. But arranging sponsors is proving to be a bit tougher than expected," Vikram Saarathy, the keyboardist of the band told.


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