Auction, music shows to help victims of drunk driving
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 15:21
New Delhi: In a bid to provide help to victims of drunken driving tragedies in India, a Delhi-based NGO has launched an all-India campaign to raise money for them through an auction of paintings and music shows.

"Music for a cause Project" has been launched by Community against Drunken Driving that will hold seven musical shows and painting auctions in seven different cities in India.

"Drinking age has gone up to 12 and 13 years nowadays.

We want to spread awareness in teenagers against underage drinking through music. Music can act as a good therapy," says Prince Singhal, founder of Community against Drunken Driving (CADD).

Shows will be held in schools, colleges, pubs and bars to attract teenagers and make them aware about the dangers of drinking.

Jagjit Singh, Shankar Mahadevan, Shibani Kashyap, percussionist Sivamani and rock bands Euphoria and Parikrama are expected to perform for the cause.

"All these artists are associated with us and they are doing their bit to address the problems of underage and drunken driving," says Singhal.

The campaign kicks off this evening with performance by Sarangi maestro Kamal Sabri at the Embassy of Slovak Republic here.

"I have seen people driving after drinking. I want to make them aware about its harmful effects. I have prepared some special musical numbers for the occassion," says Sabri.

While singer Shibani Kashyap is composing a song on drunken driving the band Euphoria would compose a song especially for underage drinkers.

"The problem of underage drinking is increasing each day. The purchasing power of people is going up and the society is more open than before," says Singhal.

A documentary film is also being made which will be played in Delhi pubs and bars to alert the people drinking there, not to drive in high spirits.

"The government should come forwrd and make laws stringent for drunk drivers. The laws here are not as stringent as they are in foreign countries," says Singhal.

Proceeds from auction of paintings by seven different artists will go to around 50 families who have been victims of drunken driving tragedy in India.

"Nobody comes forward to help these people. When the sole earner of a family dies in an accident, its tough to survive for his family. We are doing a small gesture to help them," says Singhal.

With over 130,000 deaths annually in road accidents, India has one of the worst road traffic accident rate worldwide, according to a World Health Organization report last year. It identifies drunk driving as one of the major causes of road accidents.


First Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 15:21

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