BARPETA, May 5 – At a time when most of the people in the world, including the artistes are engaged in an unholy war of becoming rich, an artiste from Murshidabad in West Bengal has dedicated her God gifted talent to the service of the humanity. The philanthropic artiste, Sarbani Majumdar visited Barpeta district during the last part of April and performed in several parts of the town and elsewhere in the district.
She attracted huge crowds through her sweet voice and selects numbers. The audiences were virtually hypnotised by hearing the Assamese, Hindi and Bengali songs in such a sweet presentation. At the beginning of her performance, she addressed the audience explaining the objectives of her nomadic sojourn which is aimed at collection of a little amount for the poor patients suffering from thalassemia. She began with a patriotic number and continued with numbers from Bhupen Hazarika Manuhe manuhar babe... and several other Assamese and Hindi classics.
Local youths voluntarily carried the jar for collecting donations amidst the audience who checked their purse for the least donation they could afford on the spot. Housewives and children came out for the show as the melody of Majumdar did not allow them to remained confined within their households.
Talking to this correspondent on the sidelines of her performance at Dahati in Barpeta town, Majumdar informed that she is very much moved by the fate of the patients, especially the poor ones suffering from the dreaded disease. Treatment of the disease is not possible for the poor people of our country. So she came forward openly to help the people to a small extent. Majumdar also informed that this was not her first endeavour to collect money for a noble cause. In the aftermath of the Kargil War also she visited several places of West Bengal performing songs and collected money which was later deposited with the Army Welfare Fund in New Delhi. Asked about her inspiration to do such benevolent activities she replied that her mother had inspired her to do something unique for the human, since her childhood.
She informed that there is a huge number of patients in Assam and West Bengal suffering from thalassemia. She blamed the governments in the States and at the Centre for their failure to create awareness and treatment facilities for the disease.
Thalassemia is a genetic blood disease which is said to be the most common single gene disorder in the world. Scientists and volunteers had already predicted that it will be a worldwide issue in the years to come. But it is a matter of regret that due to reasons best known to the respective governments neither prevention nor treatment of the disease is initiated properly. It is hoped that proper programmes will be initiated to make the people aware of the disease so that they can undertake preventive measures before it is too late.