Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Youngsters Will Rock The Community at Distortion 08

People who have talent have the ability to raise funds because their talent will draw the crowd towards them and their message can be spread informally.

Six of Mumbai's top upcoming band will create an original song based on a theme, and perform at this final event tonight, the 30th December, from 830 pm onwards, at the Hard Rock Cafe at Lower Parel

Distortion 08 is a competition which is not only about the music but also about rocking for a cause. Six bands (each backed by six NGO’s) chosen from the 35 bands participating from all across the country will create on original composition for the cause they support. And the winner will win a record deal with Make Music Records, apart from a cash prize.

Distortion is an event property that invites upcoming and new bands from across the country to compete on a common platform. The property's name comes from the insight that ‘many people have a distorted vision of things happening around them’. This year, the property has associated with six NGOs, to bring to light some issues and get the youth involved through the platform.

The property took inception in 2007. The property is run by Foxymoron, a company formed by college students. Organizers have attempted to grow the property, in the form of increased participation and the added objective of promoting relevant social and environmental causes.

In 2007, they had an event, but it was much smaller and only a college-scale event. This year, they attempted to scale it up by inviting more participation. They had participation from across the country and had bands participating from Delhi and Assam. Participants had sent in a demo of their band and they had shortlist from these. This year they had 36 bands participating. They then short listed the 16 who then performed at the elimination round at Not Just Jazz by the Bay, Mumbai, and a final six will be a part of the finals tonight."

On the promotion of the event and extended reach of the property this year, Pratik Gupta, Executive Director, Foxymoron said, "We as a company specialize in social media marketing. So that has been our primary medium of communication and creating awareness. Besides, being a youth-centric event, social media is the best way to get in touch with this audience."

The six NGOs that have signed up are PETA (animal welfare), Breakthrough (domestic violence and women rights), Yuva Pratishthan (social responsibility), Akanksha (street children), Gyaan (global warming) and Cancer Patients Aid Association (cancer awareness).

Hope to see you at the Hard Rock Cafe tonight.

The entry is Rs. 100

Sunday, 28 December 2008

We will have clean beaches in Mumbai

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Shradhanjali...Ek Shyam Veeron Ke Naam.

Mumbai is limping back to normalcy but the pain of 26/11 terror still lurks around.

The Kala Ghoda Association is organizing a music concert on Rampart Row, Kala Ghoda on Friday 26th December, from 6pm to 10pm, a month after the attack on Mumbai.

11 well known artistes will perform a couple of songs each, as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the worst terror attack our nation has seen.

They are:

Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma
Talat Aziz
Pankaj Udhas
Anup Jalota
Ustad Rashid Khan
Anuradha Paudwal
Sonu Nigaam
Shankar Mahadevan
Jaspinder Narula
Kavita Seth
Shilpa Rao
Music arrangements by Jeetu Shankar

Families of those who passed away in the terror attack will be invited.

Eminent personalities such as Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi and Farukh Sheikh will say a few words.

An exhibition of 50 Photographs that press photographers took at the time of the terror attack shall be displayed. Out of these 13 are award winning photographs.

All performances shall be free of cost to the public.

Security arrangements will be made.

We request your support
Please do come and tell your friends to come too.

Saturday, 6 December 2008

Mumbai for Peace - Human Chain - 12th December

Dear Citizens for Peace supporters,

Mumbai for Peace, a collective of organisations in the city is organising a Human Chain on the 12th December at noon.

Here is the announcement:

We, the people of Mumbai, from all walks of life, of all faiths, all linguistic groups, all ages, will express our commitment to peace by coming out on the streets and holding hands in unity from 12 noon to 12.15 pm. on Friday the 12th of December, 2008. (Map below.)

We, the people of Mumbai, who have seen hatred and bloodshed in our city, pledge that we will not give in to terror and to those who preach war, violence, hatred and intolerance. We undertake to keep Mumbai a city that is peaceful and united. We commit to building a world based on the principles of tolerance and peace, equality and justice.

We expect:

1. Government to take responsibility and map out long-term and short-term strategies, and take action on them.

2. Accountability, better coordination amongst various security and intelligence agencies to deal with terror and sharing of intelligence and information.

3. Joint action between India and Pakistan governments to curb religious extremism of all shades in both countries.

4. Punishment of those responsible for attacks on minorities, which is also an attack on the multi-cultural body politic of India.

5. Swift, transparent and credible trial and punishment for all those involved in terror, whatever the religion they may profess.

6. Protection of civil and human rights of people and no arrests and torture of innocents in the name of anti-terror measures.

7. A comprehensive Communal Violence Bill in place of the one pending in the Parliament.

8. Immediate implementation of police reforms, providing equipment and training, basic service conditions to police personnel and state security forces. Active facilitation of community participation in security and intelligence gathering.

9. Moderation and sensitivity in media reporting of violence whether terrorist or any other form, through self-regulation.

10. A policy to evolve, for legal action against hate speech and demonisation of any religion or community.

Mumbai For Peace - a campaign of Mumbai based organisations.

Aapli Mumbai
Action Aid (Maharashtra)
Action for Good Governance and Networking in India (AGNI)
Alternative Reality
Awami Bharat
Bombay Catholic Sabha
Bombay Urban Industrial League for Development (BUILD)
Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT)
Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS)
Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA)
Citizen’s Council for a Better Tomorrow (CCBT)
Citizens for Peace
City Taxi Union
Federation of Association of Maharashtra (FAM)
Focus on the Global South
Forum Against Oppression of Women (FAOW)
Girni Kamgar Sangharsh Samiti (GKSS)
Holy Name Parish
India Centre for Human Rights and Law
Indian’s Social Movement
Institute of Community Organization Research (ICOR)
Jamat-e-Islami Hind
Justice & Peace Commission (JPC)
Lesbians And Bisexual In Action (LABIA)
Lok Rajniti Manch
Lourdes Church–Orlem
Mahatma Gandhi Foundation
Mahila Mukti Manch
MGM Medical College
Movement for Peace and Justice (MPJ)
National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM)
Nav Maharashtra Yuva Abhiyan
Navnirman Samaj Vikas Kendra (NSVK)
Nazareth Church
Nivara Hakk Suraksha Samiti (NHSS)
Our Lady of Dolores Church
Pakistan-India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD)
People’s Media Initiative (PMI)
Public Concern for Governance Trust (PCGT)
Roshni Graha Community Centre
Sadbhavna Sangh
Sameep Pratishthan
Sarva Sewa Sangh
St Xavier’s College
Vidrohi Sanskrutik Chalwal
Women’s Health and Rights Advocacy Partnership – South Asia (WHRAP-SA)
Women’s Centre (Vakola)
Xavier’s Institute of Communication (XIC)
Young Men Christian Association (YMCA)
Youth for Unity & Voluntary Action (YUVA)

And there is a route map here: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=114139590096115033245.00045d60148d3dd953431&ll=18.981948,72.831802&spn=0.166872,0.2211&z=12

The name "Bombay" was derived from 'Bom Bahia' (The Good Bay),

.... a name given by Portuguese sailor Francis Almeida, in 1508 ....“Bounce back Mumbai” .....as it is called by the locals, it is a city that has been through a lot in the recent past – floods, bomb blasts, riots – and come out stronger each time.

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