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Kolkata band sings for Malala Yousufzai, pledges funds to child education projects


Sougata Mukhopadhyay,CNN-IBN
Mar 07, 2013 at 10:16am IST

Kolkata: A band in Kolkata has found inspiration in young Pakistani girl and hero Malala Yousufzai. Not only are they singing for the young Pakistani who survived the Taliban attempt on her life, they're also funding children's education projects.

Bangla band Robi O Nobin, a breakaway group from the cult band Bhoomi, has launched project Malala to fund children's education from the proceeds of its concerts and sale of albums. It's a commitment that band members feel makes it stand outside the clutter of the other contemporary bands.

Soumitra Roy, lead member of Robi O Nobin, says, "Malala is relevant to education. Basically that's a universal relevance. A child has the right to be educated and that's what she was fighting for. And that's why we have joined her in this fight."

Robi O Nobin has joined hands with a city-based NGO New Light for an art exhibition to mark the launch of the project. Proceeds from the sale of paintings will also fund project Malala.

Urmi Basu, the founder of New Light, says, "She's a hero. And she's not just a hero from Swat valley. She did not really set out to be a hero. All she wanted was to go to school. What could be simpler than that? That's why I see a great synergy in what Robi O Nobin is doing by launching project Malala and what we at New Light have been doing for the past 13 years now."

Till the time the 15-year-old youngest nominee of the Nobel Peace Prize continues her crusade against fundamentalists despite the attempt on her life, voices of solidarity from the city of joy would continue to empower the girl child.

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