The talented footballers of Durbar Sports Academy are waiting for their ‘Udaan’ to take off. The date on which history would be created one again is Thursday, July 21, when a bunch of 16 promising footballers will see their dream turn into reality as they board their flight to Denmark to take part in the Dana Cup.
The budding footballers, all sons of sex workers of Sonagachi in Kolkata and have been invited to take part in the invitational Dana Cup which will be played from July 25 to 30. It will be the first time that a team comprising of the wards of downtrodden sex workers will be seen in action competing with the teams from all across the globe.
But lack of sponsors almost saw their dreams get dashed. This is when XtraTime decided to come forward to support them so that they can see their dreams turn into reality. As a pioneer sports website xtratime.in and leading cable networks SITI Broadband had joined hands in organizing a fundraising concert last Saturday at Nazrul Mancha to send them to Denmark to take part in the tournament.
The concert named ‘Udaan’ – Flight of Hope had seen the top singers of the country voicing their popular numbers to support them. The artists had all come forward to support the noble initiative taken by xtratime.in and SITI Broadband. According to Director of XtraTime, Anilava Chatterjee, “We feel as a citizen of this country it is our duty to stand beside these deprived children who are stranded and cannot go to Denmark to play the tournament due to financial constraints.”
Renowned singers like Sidhu, Rupam, Rupankar, Anupam Roy, Usha Uthup, Lopamudra Mitra, Imon Chakraborty, Manomoy, Anindya Chatterjee and others rocked the stage with their popular numbers. Music director Arindom who had become a sensation in Tollywood industry in a short period with some big hits in few films had light up the stage with Atletico De Kolkata theme song “Fatafati Football” joining him was the “Te Amo” guy Ash King. The duo of Ash King and Arindom’s numbers were acknowledged by the crowd as Ash King left the stage and went towards the audience and sang with them.
The programme finished with the 16 players who were brought on to the stage wearing their new jersey’s for the Dana Cup and they were accompanied by DJ Akash who composed the theme song for the Durbar Sports Academy children. Former cricketer and MoS of Sports (WB) Laxmi Ratan Shukla was present to encourage the guys as well as East Bengal coach Trevor James Morgan and Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen. The duo of Sanjoy Sen and Trevor Morgan inspired the children with their pep talk as well as they clicked photographs with them. The presence of the two coaches with Laxmi Ratan Shukla gave the children a lot of confidence ahead of their tour to Denmark.