Dharavi rocks!

Print edition : April 19, 2013

Dharavi Rocks at an event in Delhi, its first performance outside Mumbai. (From left) Geshan Sayed, Imtiyaz Shaikh, Hussain Shaikh, Bilal Shaikh, Rehman Abdul, Salman Ali, Abhijit Jejurikar (a Mumbai-based musician who teaches and practises with the band) and Nabi Ahmed (or Guddu, the band's lead singer). Photo: By Special Arrangement

Labourers sorting out recovered material in Dharavi slum, Mumbai's unofficial centre for recycling. Photo: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

A bird's-eye view of the Dharavi slum in Mumbai, routinely called the 'largest slum in Asia'. Photo: Rafiq Maqbool/AP

Abhijit Jejurikar, Salman Ali, Imtiaz Sheikh and Nabi Ahmed on their way to Delhi for a performance. Photo: By Special Arrangement

A music band based in Mumbai’s Dharavi is helping its members, mostly ragpickers from the slum, nurture their talent and aspire to a better future.
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