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Rs 4.5 crore showered on Gujarati singer at cow protection event

India TV News Desk 02 Jun 2015, 12:30:17 IST
India TV News Desk

Jamnagar: Over Rs 4 crore was poured in on a folk singer at an event organised for the cause of protection of cows in Gujarat.

The event was organised by Nilesh Sakhiya, a former NRI who is a native of Haripar village in Kalavad taluka of Jamnagar, along with some of his friends under the banner of 'Kalavad Seva Samiti'.

Ramesh Patel, one of the organisers of the event, said while currency notes worth Rs 1.25 crore were showered by attendees of the event on famous 'Dayro' (Gujarati folk songs and hymns) singers Kirtidan Gadhvi and Maya Gadhvi who sang for the entire night on Friday, rest of the amount was deposited with the organisers.

At one point early Saturday morning, the stage was covered under the currency notes of Rs 1000, Rs 500 and Rs 100 that kept coming almost endlessly from the crowds.

"We have collected an amount of around Rs 4.50 crore in a 'Dayro', the folk songs programme, organised for the cause of cow protection and to provide social services like building hospitals in various parts of the state," Patel said.

More than five thousand people had attended the event, Patel said, adding that 'it took two days for the organisers to count the huge amount'.

Sakhiya returned from London a few years back and since then he has been organising such events to collect donations to address various social issues.

Last month, Gadhvi was awarded the Best Singer of the State by Gujarat government.