Concert in London in memory of Pune’s Anuj Bidve
London: Stars from the entertainment industry in Maharashtra on Sunday came together for an eight-hour extravaganza here to raise funds for the family of Indian student Anuj Bidve, who was shot dead in Manchester last year.
The murdered student's parents attended the concert at the O2, earlier known as the Millennium Dome.
Tickets for the concert were sold out, organisers said, and added that the Bidve family will be presented with a cheque of Rs 10 lakh by senior Labour MP Keith Vaz to repay the loan they had taken to send Anuj to Lancaster University to pursue a postgraduate qualification in Microelectronics.
Prominent artistes who performed at the event include Sonali Kulkarni, Suresh Wadkar, Bela Shende, Hariharan, Avdhut Gupte, Ajay-Atul and Swapnil Bandodkar.
Key organisers who put together the concert include the London-based consultant gynaecologist Mahesh Patwardhan and noted director-producer Mahesh Manjrekar. The London- based Maharashtra Mandal played a key role in the event.
Recorded video clips of Prime Minister David Cameron and others were shown at the event.
Led by Patwardhan, a foundation in memory of Anuj Bidve has been set up to help students from Maharashtra coming to the UK to study, organisers said.
In July, Kiaran 'Psycho' Stapleton, who killed Bidve on December 26 last year, was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Manchester Crown Court after a trial that was attended by the victim's parents.