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  • The Ghazal Symphony : online musical concert by the Ghazal maestro Padmashree Pankaj Udhas for raising funds for Thalassemic children  on  Saturday November 21  at 8.30 PM.
  •  Parent’s Association Thalassemic Unit Trust (PATUT) appeals music connoisseurs to donate generously for the noble cause
  • Free Musical concert can be watched by all viewers across the world 

New Delhi : As virtual communication has become the new normal amid the Covid-19 lockdown, the Parent’s Association Thalassemic Unit Trust (PATUT), which is working to raise funds for treatment on children suffering from Thalassemia has decided to organise its annual fundraiser online this year. None other than Ghazal maestro Padmashri Pankaj Udhas will be at his best in the musical night to soothe the ears of his fans and the ghazal connoisseurs. The Ghazal Symphony Scored by Deepak Pandit will take place on Saturday November 21, at 8.30pm and is being organised by Perfect Harmony Productions and Hungama.

The concert which is being presented virtually for the music lovers was originally held in 2018 at Shanmukhananda hall, Mumbai, where Pankaj Udhas for the very first time had performed with the Symphony Orchestra. This recorded concert will showcase all his hit songs in his inimitable style with a grand symphony. The concert will be presented online by our digital platform partner Hungama. All proceeds in terms of donations will go to the charity to help the treatment of thalassemic children.

This is not a ticketed event and can be watched by all viewers across the world. We have tied up with Ketto to facilitate viewers to donate online to the charity directly.

Pankaj Udhas is a socially conscious citizen and not many know, but behind the velvet voice, the Ghazal maestro has been associated with the social field for more than three decades.  He has been actively involved in charity and social work as the President of Parent’s Association Thalassemic Unit Trust ( PATUT) Mumbai since 1987.  PATUT was established on February 22, 1986 at St. George’s Hospital, Mumbai.

Thalassaemia is purely a genetic disorder that affects the vital tissue of the body – Blood. It is passed on through parents who carry abnormal thalassaemia genes in their cells. If a Child is born Thalassaemia Major, then he needs blood transfusions every 20 days to survive. Every year 10,000 children with Thalassaemia Major are born in India, which constitutes 10% of the total number in the world and one out of every 8 carriers of Thalassaemia worldwide lives in India. On an average, 3.5 % of the population is the carrier of either Thalassaemia Minor or Major.

PATUT has established centres for spreading awareness, detection, counselling and prevention of Thalassaemia at Thane, Nashik and Narayangaon.  PATUT has collected nearly 2,50,000 + blood samples at the blood screening camps held in schools, ashramshalas, colleges, police establishments, community centers and processed at its own centers. Our future aspirations are to work towards eradicating this blood disorder altogether in Maharashtra by 2022.

In the backdrop of the nature of the ailment and the funds it need for the treatment, fundraising from among the people becomes very important. Pankaj Udhas has been playing a key role by organizing an annual musical concert towards the cause. This special virtual Ghazal concert by the evergreen and the most popular singer Shri Pankaj Udhas this year, is one of the steps taken by PATUT in the direction of raising funds.

During the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic, organizing a live concert was not possible as it could have led to risking the lives of the common people and music lovers. PATUT, therefore, decided to reproduce the recorded concert for the fans of the Ghazal maestro. PATUT, in its efforts to continue supporting patients to the best possible capacity, is requesting donors for additional support since their regular sources of income have been seriously impacted, says Pankaj Udhas. Your support and generosity for the patients mean a lot to PATUT, which allows us to continue our work and help patients to remain safe and healthy says Ghazal Maestro Pankaj Udhas and  President of Parent’s Association Thalassemic Unit Trust ( PATUT)

For the last five years, PATUT has also concentrated on Bone Marrow Transplants  (BMT) for Children up to age of 10 years, which is the only remedy available for Thalassaemia Major, Sickle Cell Anaemia and A Plastic Anaemia Patients. Child lives a normal life after doing BMT procedure and doesn’t need any more blood transfusions. So far PATUT has financially supported more than 250+ BMTs. PATUT has tied up with prominent Hospitals in Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Nashik  and Ahmedabad for BMT procedure for poor Thalassaemia Major, Sickle Cell and A Plastic Anaemia Children referred to by us. The cost of the BMT at any Hospital is in the range of Rs. 18 lacs to 20 lacs, while PATUT has tied up for a concessional rate of Rs. 9 lacs to Rs 10 lacs only, which is nearly 50% of the cost of getting BMT procedure being done at any other private hospital.

Pankaj Udhas  is credited as one of the pillars of ghazal singing in India for bringing a different style to this genre of music. Ghazals by him and others have given a new lease of life to Ghazal singing in India. He has recorded many albums and songs and is considered one of the greatest ghazal singers of India. As a result, the government awarded him with a Padmashri to acknowledge his talent.

We from PATUT are looking forward to a positive response as this event is for a charitable cause in support of Thalassemia .Help make a thalassemia child’s Hospital stay as short and enjoyable as possible, Send in your valuable donations on KETTO. Make a Donation, Make a Difference, says Ghazal Maestro Pankaj Udhas and  President of Parent’s Association Thalassemic Unit Trust ( PATUT).

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