The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to not just be a health crisis, but also a humanitarian crisis. Back-to-back lockdowns to control the spread of the virus has led to many people losing their livelihoods. We see many COVID warriors stepping up to help those worst hit by the crisis. One such warrior is the Kichlu Foundation.
Kichlu Foundation was founded by Mrs Veena Kichlu, wife of Pandit Ravi Kichlu in 1994. Pandit Ravi Kichlu, was a prominent Classical Hindustani vocalist of Agra Gharana, who formed a well-known duo with his brother Vijay Kichlu. He studied Dhrupad with the Dagar Brothers. The Kichlu Foundation is one of the very few organizations in India that promote musical talent and uphold its rich musical heritage for the future generation.
The primary task of the Foundation is to search and promote young talents in Music and Dance through the Golden Talent Contest, which grants scholarships to potentially meritorious aspirants and acknowledges the best talent of the year through an annual award. The Foundation also carries out social service work in the general fields of education, medical relief and other public utility services.
During the lockdown the foundation initiated a free meal programme for the destitutes who are unable to earn their living due to the lockdown in Kolkata. Daily meals and ration for ten days were provided for the less privileged. Over 500 meals have be provided so far. Camp beds and tarpaulins have also been provided. With the lockdown coming to an end, the foundation has diverted its resources to Cyclone Yaas victims.
Speaking to News Sense, Yogita Kichlu, Managing Trustee of Pt Ravi Kichlu Foundation and Daughter-in-law of Veena Kichlu, said “I urge everyone to come forward and help people in whichever possible way they can. We aim to keep our foundation as reachable as possible to people.” We hope that all of us can work together for the betterment of the society.