Join The Funky Biscuit and a diverse cast of talented musical artisits as we celebrate and pay tribute to one of the most ambitious humanitarian efforts in rock music history, The Concert For Bangladesh.The Concert for Bangladesh was the name given to two benefit concerts organised by former Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison and Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar. The concerts were held at 2:30 and 8:00 pm on Sunday, 1 August 1971, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The shows were organised to raise international awareness and fund relief efforts for refugees from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), following the Bangladesh Liberation War-related genocide. The event was the first-ever benefit concert of such a magnitude and featured a supergroup of performers that included Harrison, fellow ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, the band Badfinger and included an opening set of Indian classical music performed by Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan.The concerts were attended by a total of 40,000 people, and raised close to $250,000 for Bangladesh relief, which was administered by UNICEF. The Concert for Bangladesh is recognised as a highly successful and influential humanitarian aid project, generating both awareness and considerable funds as well as providing valuable lessons and inspiration for projects that followed.