The Atlanta Chapter of Ekal Vidyalaya hosted a music program
at Global Mall’s Impact Center, Norcross, Georgia on June
20th, 2008 called “Ekal Shaam Bharat Ke Bachchon Ke Naam”.
As it was an Ekal awareness program there was no admission
fee and included complimentary vegetarian dinner lovingly
prepared and served by volunteers, Isha Goyal and Anushi
Exactly as scheduled Mr. K. L. Sachdeva of Atlanta Hindu
Society (largest donor) lit the traditional Diya at 8 pm.
Dedicated volunteers who coordinated this excellent program
manned the Sponsorship, Raffle, Information, Dinner tables
while Malla Reddy and Sachin Subhedar gave a succinct
PowerPoint presentation and Chander Aggarwal, VP reported on
the fund raising for Southeast Region.
Rachna Gupta and Sneha Mehta were the Presenters and did an
excellent job of connecting the nearly 250 audience members
with the Ekal cause through the old and new Bollywood film
songs with fifteen talented local singers. The event would
not have been possible without the heartwarming support of
Navin Tyagi and his Shaam-E-Sargam group who lent not only
their musical talent but also their technical expertise. The
event proudly showcased the talent of Nikhil Kodilkar,
Chandrika Narayan, Indravadan Bhavsar, Pankaj Bhargav,
Archith Sheshadri, Deepa Sreetal, Vijay Gaur, Mita Mehta,
Shyam Gupta, Aishwarya Narendran, Supriya Shridharan, Shobha
Patel, Pankaj Trivedi and Jagruti Trivedi.
What is worth noting is that not a penny was spent on the
program of Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation as the venue was
sponsored by Shiv Aggarwal, local artists donated their time
and art, a family charity, Rajkamal Foundation donated $180
and two $50.00 Visa cards for the Raffle. The $180 with the
Raffle sale of $550 helped sponsor two schools. The donors
who had come to enjoy a musical evening were so impressed
with Ekal’s sponsorship of $365.00 per school per year
concept that they sponsored 25 schools in tribal areas in
India. The entire collection has been sent to Ekal Vidyalaya
Foundation of USA, Houston office.
Ekal Vidyalaya- Southeast Region’s will hold its annual
fundraiser on Saturday, August 9th from 7:15 PM to 11:00 PM
at Gwinnett County’s Berkmar High School where the talented
Pandya Group from Kentucky will be singing ghazals, bhajans,
old & new Bollywood songs and your favorites.