Curated, produced and presented by the brother classical music duo, ‘We For Love’ aims to raise awareness and proceeds for the ‘Justice For Every Child’ campaign that was launched by Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF). Founded in 2021, this national campaign is working to ensure victims of child sexual abuse and rape get timely justice and mental health support to enable them to heal and continue their lives with dignity and freedom. The campaign will intervene in 5,000 cases of child sexual abuse and rape in 100 Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs) in 100 districts across the country with the highest backlogs of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 cases across India.
Releasing on 21st January 2022 across all streaming platforms via Affetto Records, the 6-track experimental EP embraces an eclectic mix of collaborators including Karan Johar, Karsh Kale, Malini Awasthi, Mahesh Kale, Shubha Mudgal and the iconic Sarod Grand Master Amjad Ali Khan. The prolific Paresh Maity has been instrumental in creating the cover art of the presentation and has taken inspiration from his Odyssey of Celebration XII.
Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi said, “There is no greater violence than to deny the dreams of our children. Let us ensure justice for all our children”
Echoing a similar stance Ustad Amjad Ali Khan who is credited for putting Sarod on the global map says, “I pray that only care and compassion should be circulated amongst children of the world today for a bright future tomorrow. It is our duty to give love, peace and happiness to the younger generation of today and tomorrow so that they can achieve their destination and goal, without fail.”
Speaking about the EP Amaan Ali Bangash elaborates further, “‘We For Love’ has the most diverse line up of artists in-terms of soundscapes and sensibilities. From electronic to classical, from thumri to bhajans everything seamlessly comes together in divine accord. We thank every artist on the project for whole heartedly participating in the process and making this EP one of our most memorable collaborative pieces thus far. Infact this EP is our first presentation with so many artists coming together for a noble cause.”
Reflecting on how music serves as a changemaker Ayaan Ali Bangash expands, “Music is a powerful medium that connects humankind. ‘We For Love’ has indeed been a defining journey for us as artists and as fellow human beings. The idea was to create endless pathways to make a positive impact which is both uplifting and action-inspiring. Today, the appeal of socially conscious music is widespread and we are happy to contribute to this revolution time and again.”
Speaking in support of the campaign, film producer and director Karan Johar adds on, “Child rights and protection is a burning issue which should be of concern to each one of us. We need to place children above everything else as their development is critical to their future. Donate to the campaign to ensure that child victims of rape and sexual abuse receive the much-needed support in their quest for justice. Together we can and we must ensure justice for every child.”
Prolific painter Paresh Maity further states, “Children are our future, our sunshine. They are the foundation of our society. Educate every child today for a better society tomorrow. I support Kailash Satyarthi’s campaign against Child labor and universal right to education of every child.”
Classical vocalist Shubha Mudgal adds, “It is a privilege to be able to contribute to a noble cause like Justice For Every Child with a track ‘Fire Within’ where I have also had the opportunity to collaborate with wonderful artistes and sensitive human beings like Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash.”
Folk singer Malini Awasthi concludes, “ Loved collaborating with the talented Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash as part of the inspiring initiative of KSCF , where we use music as a medium to invoke equal rights for each and every child, and build a secure and safe future for generations to come.”