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‘Sanskriti-A Bollywood Journey’ Dance Show Organized by Ekal Vidyalaya

Lamp lightning by Harsh Ag adi, Johny Christ, L.T.Naithe & Shiv Agarwal

ATLANTA, GA- Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation organized a scintillating dance and music show – ‘Sanskriti – A Bollywood Journey” by Nritya Natya Kala Bharti (NNKB) at the Berkmar High School, recently. Ekal, a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt non-profit entity has been working since 1986 in neglected rural and tribal areas to eradicate illiteracy. It operates and supports innovative, single teacher non-formal schools for underserved communities, empowering them by providing free basic education, healthcare, and vocational training. With support from 42 United States’ chapters and others in Australia, Canada, Dubai, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Nepal, Ekal is impacting the lives of over 1.8 million children, almost equal number of boys and girls, through 77,458 schools ( as of July 2018) operating successfully from Kashmir to Kerala in India.

Show started at 4:30 pm, with a warm welcome to all by the Ekal GA Cultural Coordinator, Preeti Tanwar and by Ajay Upadhyay (Ekal Regional VP). The well attended event was graced by esteemed dignitaries, Consul, L.T. Ngaithe and Duluth Mayor Johnny Christ & Crawford & Company CEO Harshvardhan Agadi and Ekal President Shiv Aggarwal, who lighted the lamp.

Nritya Natya Kala Bharti (NNKB)’s entire musical segment that enthralled the audience from “Ganesh Vandana” to the showstopper “Ghoomar” dance, was directed by Kumud and Sandeep Savla.

Bollywod Singers Salil Bhadekar and Ms. Laboni performed melodious songs.

The show’s special and new standout duet “Breathless” performance was a Kathak blended with Jazz dance on the Hari Haran’s “breathless” song.

The audience’s comments about Sanskriti were effusive, like: “a complete entertainment”, “impeccable energy”, “graceful” and “inspiring”, “well-coordinated” etc.

The well-coordinated show was followed by a full course delicious dinner. This was the very first time the event had the highest number of schools sponsored so far in the Ekal history, despite the smallest number (250) of audience. The event was able to raise a whopping donation of $89,000. It included the generous donation of $25000 from 27th investments and matching 30 schools donation by Crawford Company CEO Harshvardhan Agadi and 169 schools funded by the audience, NNKB & the Ekal Volunteers.

Ekal Atlanta thanks all Ekal’s Office bearers and volunteers team, who worked tirelessly to coordinate the event. Heartfelt Thanks to Kusum Khurana team for efficiently serving dinner, to VHPA organization as always for sponsoring the chai break, Preeti Tanwar for emceeing the program along with Neetu Chauhan, Rachna Gupta to share Ekal overview and facts,to volunteer Pavan Chinthakindi. Special thanks to esteemed dignitaries who graced the occasion by attending and also lighting the lamp. Deep thanks to the Crawford CEO Harsha Agadi who matched 30 schools, which really fired up remaining donors at the event and helped in going over the 100 schools goal mark! Such successful events wouldn’t be possible without the Advisory support from Shiv Aggarwal ji, Sant Khanna ji & Satish Damle ji among others.

And special thanks to all the audience who braved the heavy rains and contributed to the noble cause.

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