Mad for a cause

“Bawraas are not just people who are mad; for us bawraas are people, who do something totally different,” says composer Shantanu Moitra, who has launched a project titled Bawraa in collaboration with lyricist Swanand Kirkire and stand-up comedian Vikram Sathaye.

The concept of the initiative is simple — three creative minds who happen to be thick friends will take to the stage to raise funds each time they find someone who has exceptional talent, but has not been able to achieve his/her dream because of financial or other hurdles. Their first find or ‘bawraa’ as they prefer to call her is Krushnaa Patil, a mountaineer who wishes to become the youngest Indian woman to climb K2 — the toughest mountain peak in the Himalayas.

(From left) Vikram Sathaye, Krushnaa Patil, Shantanu Moitra and Swanand Kirkire

“When we met (Vijay) Sathaye for the first time, he told us that Shantanu and I must perform on stage more often. But we are very lazy and don’t like going on stage without any bigger reason. Then one day, we met Krushnaa, who had climbed the Mount Everest when she was 19 and now wanted to do another summit — K2 — but there had been no sponsor. This got us thinking and eventually we wanted to go on stage for her. This led us to this project…for people, who really need help,” says Kirkire.

On stage for a reason
The group’s first performance will be in the city on March 15 and will extend along the theme of Laughter, Lyrics and Music. “We’ve always believed that an entertaining evening is the final result of any good show. So, it’s not about combining comedy and music, it can operate individually, but it basically gives three flavours to the audience in a single evening — that’s the aim,” shares Sathaye.

Money matters
Sathaye, Kirkire and Moitra will give Krushnaa a cheque of `10 lakh for her expedition, even before the concert takes place. “Our promise is to give her a cheque of Rs 10 lakh. So, currently, we are giving her the cheque. The concert will generate ticket sales and we are also scouting for a couple of sponsors so that the amount gets covered to a large extent. But irrespective of what happens on March 15, the money will reach her, probably a week in advance, because you need to book for the trip to the mountains, so the money needs to reach her early,” informs Sathaye.

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