Bengal musicians plan `Bachao Uttarakhand` soiree

Kolkata: Bengal`s music fraternity will come together Saturday to present a cultural evening in aid of Uttarakhand.

Cloudburst, landslides and floods last month left a trail of death and destruction in the northern state. Thousands are still missing, and have been presumed dead.

Veteran singers like Usha Uthup, Haimanti Shukla, Banasree Sengupta, Antara Chowdhury, Gautam Ghosh and Shivaji Chattopadhyay as also Rabindra Sangeet exponents like Srabani Sen and Manoj Murali Nair will take the stage at the "Bachao Uttarakhand" soiree to be held at Nazrul Mancha here.

Bengali band artists like Surojit Chatterjee, Manomay Bhattacharya, Soumitram, Rupankar, Sidhu, Raghab Chattopadhyay, Upal, Anindya Bose, Kalika Prasad, Rajib, Pratik Chowdhury will also participate.

The organisers expect to hand out Rs.3-4 lakh to the Uttarakhand government to help the affected and also to rebuild the devastated Kedarnath region.

"Our motivation for organising `Bachao Uttarakhand` is to support the victims of the Uttarakhand disaster," said India Green Reality director Amitava Samanta, the organiser.