What makes 23-year-old Saurabh Nimbkar to play guitar in Mumbai locals
Like any other string fans, Saurabh Nimbkar is often seen fondling his guitar. But this 23-year-old plays guitar for a cause!! Saurabh Nimbkar spends his days playing guitar in Mumbai local trains to provide financial help to the cancer patients and their families.
Saurabh started playing guitar to cancer patients in 2013, when his mother was a patient at King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital. Patients always loved Saurabh’s music, because it cheers up the otherwise depressed environment.
Saurabh travels in Mumbai locals at least four times in a week, usually between Dadar, Ambernath and Dombivali, all the while playing his guitar and singing. Whatever the money Saurabh gets from his performances, he gives all to a local NGO that provides financial support to cancer patients and their families.
The NGO is a very small one and usually the amount I collect is only sufficient to help one family at a time. But people enjoy my music and I collect much more than a person would if he just gave a speech. People put loose change, ten rupee notes too. But sometimes, people even put 500 and 1000 rupee notes in the donation box.
Saurabh was motivated towards the cause during his mother’s treatment, when he realized the problems and the financial crisis faced by the family members of the cancer patients at different times.
During my mother’s treatment, families in the ward would help families, without considering the financial status of each other. Doctors would help us too. When I used to skip college to look after my mother, doctors would ask me to go and others would help to relieve me for a few hours. We would give each other our medicines when supply of medicines ran low. This is a way in which only one cancer-affected family can be with another. Nobody else can understand what we go through.
Saurabh Nimbkar usually plays Bollywood tracks on trains. A fan of musical band Indian Ocean, Saurabh wishes to make music in near future. Saurabh is currently working in a pharmaceutical company. Saurabh was recently a part of the show called Aaj Ki Raat Zindagi, hosted by Amitabh Bachchan.