Udit Narayan whose unique vocal chords have given life to a lengthy list of all time Bollywood favorites, will be performing live on March 11 at the Galle Face Green.
One of the most sought after playback singers, Narayan first started his career with Nepal radio. His breakthrough to the Hindi film industry was with music director Rajesh Roshan with the movie Unees Bees. Since then, he has sung many songs that has topped the charts, including the song Papa Kehte Hain for the movie Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, for which he won his first ever Film Fare award. Since then, he has collaborated with many music directors and movie directors including AR Rahman and Yash Chopra.
The concert is organized by the Colamba Api organisation and the Ceylon Exhibition and Convention. The State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene has advised and initiated the project to be beneficial to the public representing all segments.
Media Secretary to the Minister of Defence, Harold Senadheera commented that the minister has requested donations for the improvement of the War Heroes Fund as well as the National Kidney Fund. The Minister has also requested an opportunity for differently-able soldiers to watch the concert live. Accordingly about 200 tickets valued at 15,000 would be provided for disabled soldiers.
Colamba Api Organization president Chaminda Perera acknowledged that to make the concert accessible for people of all walks of life, tickets are available for as low as Rs.300 alongside Rs.15,000 and Rs. 5000.
Ten percent of the profits would be donated to the War Heroes Fund according to the organisers while another ten percent of the profits would be donated to National Kidney Fund.
In addition to the tickets to differently-able soldiers, organisers have arranged for another 10000 tickets to be handed over to another group of soldiers which is being sponsored by business organizations.
Public Relations Officer to the Minister of Defence RGC Ratnayake commented that the value of the total number of tickets gifted to the soldiers by the organizers equal six million rupees.
Perera disclosed that they expect an audience of about 50,000 and already 15,000 tickets have been sold. He elaborated that more than a profit, their aim is to cover the costs. The total cost is roughly estimated to be Rs.10 million.