On the first of August 1971, the entertainment community and others, gathered together for a benefit concert in New York City for Bangladesh, was organized to raise international awareness and to fund relief efforts for the refugees, related to genocide following a war of liberation. Ravi Shankar, one of the concert organizers would quip, “In one day, the whole world knew the name of Bangladesh. It was a fantastic occasion”. Today, in 2018, Rohingya Muslims are facing a fate worse or just as fatal as the Bangladeshi did in 1971, and so, ladies and gentlemen, the time is ripe for another concert, the time is now, the urgency is now, let the world hear you play your instruments and singing voices out loud…if not for them now, then for whom and when…?
“For whom the bell tolls” … An expression from a sermon by John Donne. Donne says that because we are all part of mankind, any person’s death is a loss to all of us: “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”