India to organise ‘Concert for Bangladesh’ after 50 yrs
This year marks 50 years since the concert, which is still remembered as a landmark when it comes to global “cultural diplomacy”. Ravi Shankar is known for taking Indian classical music to the west, while George Harrison, the lead guitarist of ‘The Beatles’ has been a famous Cultural icon.
There can be an official announcement on the concert during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Dhaka from 26th to 27th March. This will be the first foreign visit of Indian PM in more than a year. His last foreign visit was to Dhaka in November of 2018 and since then no visit has taken place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The “Concert for Bangladesh”, the first of its kind, became a model for future charity events in the west. According to estimates, it raised $12 million for Bangladesh. 40,000 people came for the concert back then. Such was the magnitude of the concert and the awareness it generated, geopolitically it was hard for the US to support Pakistan fearing a backlash domestically.
Remember, earlier the US had sent its Naval Ship into the Bay Of Bengal to help the then ally West Pakistan but it remained only a show of force achieving nothing on the ground.