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Kasauli rhythm and blues festival concludes

Solan, Mar 27(UNI) The three-day-long Kasauli Rhythm and Blues festival concluded with the impressive presentation of Indian classical and Bollywood music at a private hotel near cantonment town Kasauli today.
The festival, 5th edition of Genesis Foundation’s annual fund-raiser, witnessed more than 500 music lovers grooving to the tunes of performances ranging from rock to jazz to blues and even to Hindustani classical and Bollywood hits. To add to the excitement to the musical extravaganza, actor, producer, humanitarian, Dia Mirza, who is the ambassador of Genesis Foundation, also attended the festival.
On the first day, the tempo only went up with Tabla Maestro and Sultan of Strings (FEAT. Ustaad Fazal Qureshi, Ravi Iyer with guest Pt. Ravi Chary on Sitar) unleashing a powerful combination of percussion, guitar and sitar. Mihir Joshi Band came next giving a high voltage performance that had everyone on their feet and dancing.
The second day had an interesting tempo, combining rock with electronica, jazz with fusion. Kanchan Daniel and The Beards set a soulful tone with their jazz renditions, while The Local Train gave a high octane rock performance that had the audience head-banging. Next up was the international band Massive Vibe Live whose electric funk had soul infused by the lyrics of Queen Be! And finally, it ended with the headlining performance of the legendary Lesle Lewis. Performing some of his—and the audience’s—favourites, which included the classics as well as some of the more recent hits.
The highlight of the event was when GF ambassador Dia Mirza took the stage and urged everyone to contribute for the cause. She shared her experiences with the cause and also gave the audience some tips on how they can take small steps to make a big impact for the Foundation’s cause.
Prema Sagar, Founder and Trustee of Genesis Foundation said, “It’s remarkable to see so many enthusiasts come together for GF’s cause to support critically ill underprivileged children. The faith everyone places in us gives us the strength to do even more and work even harder. Look forward to seeing you all next year.”
Dia Mirza said, “There are large number of children waiting to be supported, but don’t get overwhelmed. Just do your bit and give back. Kasauli Rhythm and Blues Festival is a celebration of music and of the fact that we are all connected and our lives are connected as we come together to make a difference in someone else’s life. It gives us all an incredible sense of purpose, incredible sense of well being and incredible sense of love and joy.”
The supporters for Kasauli Rhythm and Blues include Bacardi, Monster India, DMI Finance, Fitbit, Daikin, Mini, Tata Housing, IndiGo, Sennheiser, Kingfisher, RedFM, Pepsico, Genesis Burson-Marsteller, Baikunth Resorts, Encompass, NZ Technologies, Quik Relations and Step Up.
In order to raise awareness and resources to facilitate medical assistance to GF Kids, Genesis Foundation has created unusual and unique participative fundraising events involving music, art and food.
Genesis Foundation (GF) facilitates medical treatment for critically ill under-privileged children in the areas of cancer, heart and thalassemia. Support from GF in the said critical illnesses, varies from specific medical intervention, recovery and recuperation, to extended treatments like chemotherapy and follow-up medicines post surgeries.
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