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India beats the drums for MDGs

Last Updated: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 13:42

New Delhi: Indian percussionists and
musicians will stand up and make a noise, literally, to create
awareness about the Millennium Development Goals ahead of a
review meeting at the United Nations General Assembly Summit.

In a special concert at Purana Quila here on September
18, an ensemble of around 100 drummers and string musicians
from across the country would let the crescendo of their music
do the talking to highlight the urgent action needed to meet
the MDGs.

"The event is part of a global campaign to create
awareness about the MDGs that various governments had made a
commitment at the UN in the year 2000 and has to be achieved
by the 2015," Mandira Moddie, an UN official associated with
the millennium campaign in India, said.

Partnered by various civil society organisations such
as Oxfam and Save the Children, the concert in Delhi as well
as an ensuing photo exhibition, will be one of thousands of
strategic "Stand Up, Take Action, Make Noise" events around
the world from September 17-19 that seek to advocate for more
urgent action by governments to meet the developmental goals
by next five years.

"This year the UN is hosting a General Assembly to
review what progress the various countries have made so far as
well as to strategise to accelerate action to meet the goals.
Internally various civil society organisations in different
countries are doing various activities to raise awareness.

"The Indian leg of the global campaign will be the
concert through which we hope to create visibility for the
MDGs," says Moddie.

Deliberately shorn of celebrated names, the concert,
however, brings together composers Sharat Chandra Srivastava
from Delhi, Mayanglambam Mangangsana from Imphal and Shri
Ganesh from Tamil Nadu to conduct the orchestra for solo
pieces that merge together in a grand finale.


First Published: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 13:42

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