Rock bands, Bollywood stars to raise money for Bihar

October 18th, 2008 - 5:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Farhan AkhtarMumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) Twelve rock bands from across the country will be joined on stage by Bollywood stars to raise funds for a paediatric medical camp in Bihar.The concert, ‘Rock On For Humanity’ to be held Oct 31 at the MMRDA Ground at Bandra-Kurla is an initiative of Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal and Ritesh Sidhwani.

Farhan who spearheaded this charitable concern says, “Why a rock concert? Why not the usual film-related naach-gana that is far easier to organise as a fund-raiser? We at ‘Rock On For Humanity’ felt the idea of raising money for medical assistance must connect with the young urban youth. Though this concert has nothing to do with my film ‘Rock On’, somehow the idea of a rock concert does have a bearing on the way the young responded to the film.”

At the core of this sprawling charity concert will be 12 rock bands from all over the country.

“And that would include Parkirama with whom Saif Ali Khan plays guitar. And yes Saif will be playing the guitar with Parikrama that evening. I’ll be performing with Shankar-Ehsaan Loy. In addition Hrithik Roshan, Shah Rukh Khan and Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai will be coming on stage to address the crowds. We hope to raise a sizeable amount of money that evening because it’s a one-off endeavour. We hope to raise enough money for a paediatric camp in Bihar.”

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