A February morning air on the banks of River Yamuna near the ITO Bridge in Delhi was filled with mellifluous music. Over 250 people enjoyed a jugalbandi presented by Siddharth Banerjee on the Siddha Veena and Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, grandson of Ustad Bismillah Khan, on the Shehnai.
The event — Ragas for Yamuna — was organised by RC Delhi Manthan, RID 3011, along with an NGO Bhatium, “to create awareness and impress upon the who’s who of Delhi the urgency to clean and rejuvenate the Yamuna flowing through the city”, says club president Narinder Kumar Lamba.
The jugalbandi was the first of a series of events planned by the club for the campaign. “We have got together a legal team to file a case with the National Green Tribunal to pass an order to discharge only treated effluents into the Yamuna, and another team to reclaim the land on the river bank and clean it,” says Lamba.