Fusion feast for a cause

Silence enveloped the auditorium at Alliance de Francaise as the jugalbandi performance organised by NationWide reached its peak, only to be shattered by a deafening applause.

In order to celebrate the launch of their home-health services, NationWide organised an Indian classical and fusion concert with Rahul Pophali on tabla, Anupama Bhagwat with the sitar and Yedi Govindan on keyboard.

Rahul, a renowned tabla player with over a thousand performances to his name, and Anupama, a versatile young sitarist, were the first to go on.

They immersed themselves and the audience in soulful rhythms.

Rahul said, “There is a misconception about classical music these days among
the youth. It is like a huge painting, you have to take a step back and get a better look at it.”

In the first part of the show, the audience were made to listen to classical tunes.

The second part was where they participated with the rhythms and the third portion was to make the audience remember by playing familiar songs.

The audience thoroughly enjoyed themselves but were a bit agitated that the event didn’t start on time.

Sadashiva, who regularly attends events around the City, said that because of the delay, he could have missed another show. “Anupama was the star of the show. I quite liked it. She’s still young and can pick up,” he added.

NationWide, the health service group specialises in primary healthcare, which is lacking in the country.

According to the founder Dr Santanu Chattopadhyay, the country concentrates on secondary and tertiary health care systems, while the number of general
practitioners has gone down over the years.

While most doctors head to specialise in various fields after the completion of their course, this group encourages them to become general practitioners.

“Opening a clinic is expensive so we provide them with all of the facilities,” he said.

Dr Santanu reminisced about times when a family doctor used to come home to treat ailments.

The music concert represented the partnership between the health service and the families.

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