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While there are many musicians who claim to render ‘different’ music, city-based We the Artists India’s music aims to actually make a difference. Under its initiative ‘Under the Tree’, the group not only holds its performances literally under trees, but members also plant one tree per audience attending their concerts.
The concept ‘Under the Tree’ was launched two months ago. After its first concert in February, the group planted 500 trees in Aundh. For this, the group has tied up with an NGO working in the field of environment called Tree Public Foundation with the aim of spreading awareness among people about environmental concerns.
The group’s second concert was held in the evening of April 24. “We are expecting a crowd of around 1,000 music enthusiasts for the concert, which means that we would be planting some 1,000 trees. Last time, it was only our group members who joined the NGO volunteers in planting trees, but this time I plan to inform all the audience in advance and urge them to come and join us in this activity,” said Abhishek Kawitkar, who came up with the initiative. The NGO, he says, not only facilitates planting of trees but also ensures their survival.
Talking about the musical aspect of Under the Tree, Kawitkar said that it is dedicated towards celebrating different music and extraordinary musicians and thus invites all genres of music and musicians to represent live music acts. Every concert of Under the Tree features 10 musicians with different flair and format of music. Under the Tree is the result of a partnership between many young, upcoming and established artists who have worked together for years and work towards connecting them with a larger audience, he added.
Speaking about combining the idea of tree plantation with the group’s musical journey, Kawitkar said, “We believe a tree has a special characteristic of bringing everyone together unconditionally. All of us have a responsibility towards the earth.”
“I am also a mountaineer and during my mountaineering trips, I have observed that due to rampant deforestation, the average temperature is gradually rising. Trees are very important for the overall well-being of Mother Nature. By planting a tree per audience, we are contributing to nature in our own small way. Hence, we do not charge the audience for the trees,” Kawitkar added.