WASHINGTON: The presence of Lord Krishna, the drive for knowledge and music - came together to bring a great success to the August 24 musical evening organized by the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, Washington DC Chapter as their annual fundraising event.
The program was successful, with the combination of devotion through music, enjoyment through rhythms, joy through laughter, and dreams coming true through the pledges for donations."It was as if Lord Krishna has come to the earth on this occasion to pour his blessings and sanctify the souls gathered to support this great movement of Ekal Vidyalaya", one of the Masters of the Ceremony described during the evening.
The evening started with the offering of flowers to the Lord by Mrs. Ayona Dutta, wife of Dr. Dutta, the honorable guest of the night. Dr. Shashi Shrivastava, regional vice president of Ekal Vidyalaya Washington DC, welcomed the audience and, she specifically thanked the Pandya family; Raj, Smruti, Amit, and Eshna for coming all the way from Lexington, KY to present the musical evening and support Ekal Vidyalaya.Dr. Debpriya Dutta, Counselor of Science and Technology, Embassy of India, briefly spoke about the role of partnership in governors, how we can play important role in health education in India.
He mentioned that the days of reliance on the government is perhaps over, and if only the society has to prosper, it can happen thorough a collaborative attitude towards development programs. He invited all the donors to support the cause and stand at the right time for the societal development that is happening in modern India through all the challenges and issues that exist today.Artists from the Pandya Group regaled the audience with melodious tunes from Bollywood music, both from the yesteryears and the modern times.
The concert was a three-hour long musical fantasy, which unfolded in parts - classical music, bhajans, and modern songs and not to mention the remixes.
Monday, September 08, 2008, Mumbai : The Ekal Sansthan and the Friends of Tribals Society have organised an essay writing competition on ‘Education for Empowerment of Tribal and Rural Bharat’. The participants can write in English, Hindi or Marathi. The first prize is Rs25,000, second Rs15,000 and third Rs10,000. The last date for receiving the entries by email or post is September 25. Entries may be sent to Friends of Tribals Society, 8th floor, B wing, Ship Building, Pandurang Budhkar Marg or email to mumbaiseminar @ekalsansthan.org. For details visit www. ekalsansthan.org.
The Ekal Vidyalaya movement headed by Essel Group chairman Subash Chandra provides free education to over eight lakh tribal children across 26,000 villages in remote parts of the country. The aim is to eradicate illiteracy from tribal India by the year 2011.
|Tuesday, 08.05.2008, SAN JOSE: It is widely believed that home is where the heart is. The
Indian Diaspora, whose heart throbs for India, is no exception to this
belief. But recent unfortunate series of terror attacks in India have
hurt the home and bled the hearts of this Diaspora.|
To express their feeling of closeness with victim's families and mourn
the untimely loss of innocent lives, many Indian organizations and
people of Indian origin came together in a vigil held in San Jose,
California on Sunday, August 3. Recently, India and the world were
stunned by series of devilishly well-planned bomb blasts in the cities
of Ahmedabad and Bengaluru. The terrorist outfits which carried out
this attack, placed the bombs in highly crowded areas, with intentions
to harm as many lives as possible.
Over 200 people including women and children from more than 32
prominent Indian organizations, including Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh,
Federation of Indian Americans, Overseas Friends of BJP, Art of Living
Foundation, National Federation of Indian-American Associations, Ekal
Vidyalaya foundation, Maharashtra Mandal, Bay Area Tamil Sangam,
Kashmiri Task Force, Kannada Koota, Gujarati Cultural Association,
Asian American Hotel Owners Association participated in the vigil.
|Monday 6/30/2008 NEW JERSEY: Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation (EVF) had a successful
fund-raising musical concert at Piscatway High School, in Piscatway,
New Jersey on June 16. The evening's star performers were award winning
Prachi and Sameer Dublay of the famous "Raagee" group from Pune, India,
who not only mesmerized the audience with their classical melodies but
also played a significant role in encouraging the audience to donate
generously for this literacy movement.|
|LOS ANGELES: Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation presented a scintillating
musical evening at the Sunnyvale Hindu Temple "Raging Ryhyms". There
was huge gathering of young and old, in support of Ekal Foundation. The
talented artists were Anand Kanan (sa-re-ga-ma 2008 finalist, rock band
vocalist) Parminder Guri (desi idol 2007) Koli Datta, Ramneek (UK) and
Flaming Fusion. The highly charged evening started with welcome speech
by Reena Rao, followed by emcee of the evening, Pooja Jain who made the
stage alive with her wit and charm.|
|Ekal Vidyalaya Washington DC Chapter successfully hosted Ekal Awareness through Dance & Music event at George Mason University, VA on June 29, 2008. The event drew around 200 people and was a huge success. |
ANAHEIM: "If the poor children cannot come to education, education must come to them" those are the famous words of Swami Vivekananda. And the Ekal Vidyala Foundation does exactly that. The foundation is committed to eradicating illiteracy from the villages of India by bringing schools to the remote areas that lack resources.Literally meaning one-teacher school, Ekal Vidyala movement seeks the involvement of the local people of the village in the creation of the school, the selection of the teacher and the curriculum. But more importantly, the schools are run with the monetary help from the more privileged members of the society.
"We are currently looking for more youth volunteers to partake in the foundation's mission." Currently there are over 30,000 schools in operation throughout India - over 3000 of these sponsored by the Southern California Chapter alone. The goal for the Ekal Vidyala Foundation is to build 100,000 non-formal schools by the year 2011.
Residents in Dubai have funded the educational needs of more than 12,000 rural and tribal children in India. A few weeks since an Indian charitable organisation began collecting contributions in Dubai, residents have helped set up 400 schools for village kids in India.
Current number of schools: 24,006
Number of students: 720,182
Dh1,500: The amount needed to set up and run one school for one year
NORWALK: An enthusiastic crowd of over 300 people got together at the Sanatan Dharam Mandir here in Norwalk for an evening of food, fun and festivities. However it was not all about fun and frolic. The evening's proceedings raised over $25,000 for the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation.Emceed by Anil Parekh, the evening began with a prayer and Vedic shlokas by Mayuri Patel of the Jhankaar Music group.Kaushik Patel in his brief address appealed for generosity towards contributions to education and literacy projects in India.