SARGAM Association celebrated its 25 years anniversary last weekend with an evening dinner at Travelodge in Gaborone where it made various donations to different artists and charities. When handing over the cheques to the recipients the Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi applauded SARGAM for their contribution towards the arts in Botswana and for empowering the young people in those areas. He thanked them for having seen it fit to contribute immensely to the good causes.
It was a night of celebration with the audience treated to good food, music and dance. SARGAM started 25 years ago at the Safar restaurant where Indians used to come together to eat while at the same time enjoying music. The passionate music lovers wanted to bring and share their passion for music with Batswana – that is how SARGAM was formed. The chairperson of the organisation Manhar Mooney said the Indian community in Botswana has made the organisation grow from strength to strength over the past 25 years, donating to many charitable organisations in the process. “Over the years we have been assisting organisations like Pudulogong Rehabilitation and Development Centre, Botswana Music Union, Cheshire Foundation and Camphill Community Trust just to name a few,” he said. The artists that received P25 000 cheques included Mafitlhakgosi, Anafiki, Malakista and Black Mato. A Mafitlhakgosi representative expressed happiness at the financial offer, saying it will go a long in assisting them. Anafiki could only declare “God bless SARGAM” in happiness. One of the main recipients was Moshupa YMCA, which received a donation of P50 000, because of its significant contribution in education, public health, economic empowerment and skills development.