It was the experience of caring for differently abled family members and later, their loss, that led Tatyana Dias and Christina Joseph to come together to start The Veruschka Foundation in their memory. "The deal-breaker for most family members is the thought of what would happen to their [differently abled] sister or son when they die," says Dias, a neurobiologist by profession.

A performance by Tarang
A performance by Tarang

When Dias and her friend and finance professional Joseph set out to do their research before setting up the foundation, they realised that while NGOs were doing a lot of good work in the field by providing employment opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities, they were unable to get the word out on their initiatives. "We wanted to empower these organisations through capacity building," explains Dias.

Aflatunes will share the stage with the special bands
Aflatunes will share the stage with the special bands

This Sunday, the foundation is bringing together three special bands from across Mumbai for a musical evening, where they can perform as well as share the stage with professionals in the field. "Tarang is an initiative of Yash Charitable Trust, which works towards enhancing the quality of life of individuals with autism, Down Syndrome and other intellectual disabilities. The members perform in Indian classical and semi-classical genres, and have travelled to other cities with their shows. The C Sharp band is an initiative of parents supported by professionally trained teachers, whereas the Priyanj band comprises students of Priyanj Special School in Goregaon," informs Dias.

Christina Joseph and Tatyana  Dias
Christina Joseph and Tatyana Dias

Aflatunes, a popular city-based a cappella group, and award-winning spoken word artiste Sudeep Pagedar will join them. "It's wonderful that these people, who are known names in the field, appreciate the importance of an initiative like this," says Dias. "We want to give [the special adults and children] a chance to feel like they own the stage."

ON: October 8, 4 pm onwards
AT: antiSOCIAL, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, Ram Krishna Nagar, Khar West.
CALL: 65226324
ENTRY: Rs 200