On November 26, 2008, India suffered terrorist attacks that lasted four days. Between November 26 and 29, 10 Pakistani members of Islamic militant organization Lashkar-e-Taiba carried out a series of attacks across Mumbai. The attacks resulted in the deaths of 164 people, which included civilians and security personnel, and over 300 were injured.
A Billion Hands Concert was a benefit concert for the victims of the terrorist attacks. Sitar player, composer, and Norah Jones’s sister Anoushka Shankar and British rock band Jethro Tull were scheduled to perform at a concert that was to be held on November 29 in Mumbai, just three days after the attacks. The concert was postponed after the attacks and re-organized as A Billion Hands Concert.
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A Billion Hands Concert was held on December 5, 2008. Though some people may have felt it was disrespectful to hold a concert so soon after the attacks, Anoushka Shankar put it this way: “As a musician, this is how I speak, how I express the anger within me.” Jethro Tull front man Ian Anderson added “…hopefully a majority will realize what this is about and what it says.”
All proceeds from the concert went to the victims of the attacks. In the aftermath of the attacks, nine of the attackers had been killed and the remaining one, Ajmal Kasab, was arrested. Kasab was found guilty of over 80 offences including murder and waging war against India. He was executed by hanging on November 21, 2012.
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