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Ashton temple to hold musical evening fundraiser
Monday 3rd July 2017 @ 09:43 by Adam Higgins
Ashton News

An Ashton temple has arranged a musical evening with an Indian singer later this month to continue its effort to raise money for a new community centre in the town.

Organised by BAPS Swaminaryan Sanstha, there will be an audience with Alap Desai, a professional musician and classically trained singer who will perform as part of a visit from India, on Saturday, July 15.

It’s taking place at the Jain Community Centre on Stockport Road in Manchester, with the evening raising awareness of their community project and all proceeds helping the fundraising drive to build the centre on Lees Road.

When asked how fundraising is going so far, Mansukh Dhokia, a volunteer at the Russell Street temple, told the Reporter: “It’s progressing well. The most striking thing is that we have a range of people involved.

“Youngsters have been baking cakes and having sales, people have been getting up early on Sunday mornings to do car boot sales, volunteers have been turning up and running stalls at other events. It’s a real community project and many people have embraced the fundraising – we thank the efforts of all volunteers.”

The music on the night will be a mix of classical and folk songs, accompanied by traditional drums and instruments, centring around devotion, the gospel and hymns with an Indian theme.

The Kirtan Sandhya – musical evening – will take place between 8pm and 10pm and follows a traditional celebratory meal from 6:30pm to 7:45pm.

Tickets are £12 for adults and £6 for children aged between four and 16 years old, with infants under the age of four free of charge. Anyone of all faiths or no faith is welcome.

For tickets, contact Mansukh Dhokia on 07974 382 559 or Megha Patel on 07800 576470.