Muscat: The charity wing of the Indian Social Club (ISC) will host an evening of ghazal music and dance to raise money to help the underprivileged Indian workers in Oman.
The event, called Rafta Rafta, Ahista Ahista, will honour the legendary ghazal singers, Mehdi Hassan and Jagjit Singh, who both died last year. The show will feature ghazal singer Sudeep Banerji, Kathak dancer Jyotika Dayal, and will be narrated by Salima Raza, a well-known name in the world of theatre, radio and television, who helped establish Radio Oman English Service. While the event itself is sure to be highly entertaining, more important is the cause, said Bridget Ganguly, Padmini Atal, Radha Mukherji, Dr Ragini Vaishnav, Dr Shahnaz Wasti and Ashok Suvarna, the members of the organising committee, at a press conference on January 28.
"We wanted a nice evening of entertainment, not just fun and games but something that would benefit somebody. Whenever there is someone in need, we have reached out," said Ganguly, convener of the ISC charity wing.
There are over 700,000 Indian nationals working in Oman, many of whom are low-paid blue-collar workers who cannot afford emergency medical care. The majority of them do not have families in Oman to care for them, either, so the ISC charity wing aims to fill a void in their lives.
"It is a large community so there are often people in distress. We receive more than one call
a day to help them. It is our role to be that family for them," said Radha Mukherji.
The money will be raised entirely through sponsorship. A number of organisations and businesses, including the National Bank of Oman, Renaissance Services, Al Ansari Trading, Galfar, National Gas and Nova, have provided funds to cover the costs of the event and contribute to the ISC charity wing to help those in need.
"We really need to thank our sponsors. Without their support we cannot do it. We are just a small group of volunteers, but we must be doing something right because they are so supportive," added Ganguly.
The event will take place on February 8 in the Majan Ballroom at the Al Bustan Palace — A Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The seats are limited and fast filling up. For inquiries on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nitin, manager, Indian Social Club at 99322713. Entry is by invitation only.