In a one-of-its kind global event, Sunday, October 18, 2020 saw, five Bollywood musicians performed live from R D Burman studios in Mumbai.
This was a unique endeavour to garner funds and help musicians from the Hindi film industry who have not had any shows or performances in the last six-seven months due to the ongoing pandemic.
Interestingly, the maestros who put up the two-hour (9:30 to 11:30 am) performance of RD Burman’s classics included those who have actually played with the legend.
Senior artiste Ashok Shukla who was a recording engineer and worked a lot with RD Burman in his prime days said, “This concert ‘The Burman Era’ was to raising funds for the Hindi film industry musicians and help them in these bad times.”
Sudesh Bhosale who was supporting this unique event adds, “Due the lockdown everyone is affected in multiple ways and musicians and instrumentalists who work in the Hindi film music industry are affected the worst.” Since they get paid as per their work, they are in a bad state now because since the last many months there have been no gigs.
Rakhi Mullick who was the anchor of the event told, “The concert was being conducted by violinist Abhijit Mazumdar which also featured very senior musicians like Kishore Sodha on trumpet, Shyamraj on saxophone, Mohit Shastry on Flute and Sachin Jambhekar on Harmonium. They were accompanied by many other talented musicians. This event conceptualised by Subir Sarkar, also had included a special performance dedicated for this cause by choreographer Dinesh Ghag.”
Joydeep Roy, one of the organisers and also the President of the California based organisation said that they have already managed to garner enough money already by which they can help the musicians.