Friday, May 7, 2010
Jewish Community Center, Rockville, MD
Total Funds raised: $9,647 for sponsoring 26 schools, and received pledges worth $16,060 for 44 schools.
On Friday, May 7, Ekal Vidyalaya’s DC Chapter held a concert featuring vocalist Sanjeevani Bhelande and three accompanists at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville, Maryland. The event was attended enthusiastically by local music lovers and community leaders – the house was packed. The event was opened by Mr. Charles Regan, Vice President and General Manager of National Geographic Maps. Sanjeevani mesmerized the audience with a mix of Bollywood oldies, semi-classical melodies and regional favorites in several languages, as well as an original fusion piece depicting a haunting Meera bhajan in Hindi and English, which she wrote herself. She received applause during the entire performance and a standing ovation at concert’s end. Sanjeevani was accompanied by flutist and keyboard player Mohit Shastry, Amit Mehta on table and dholak (who also sang a solo and a duet), and octopad expert Rupesh Rane. The four artists together won the hearts of the DC area audience with their expert music, playful camaraderie and the way they engaged audience participation.
Playback singer Sanjeevani Bhelande is the very first winner of Zee TV's popular show Sa re ga ma. She sang the entire soundtrack of the film ‘Kareeb’ for filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra. This rising young star’s voice is sure to delight audiences for years to come, in films, on stage, on CD and other media.
About Ekal: Ekal VIdyalaya (www.ekal.org ) runs over 27,000 non-formal, single-teacher schools spreading the light of education in remote and tribal areas of India. The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA is a secular, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization that works to educate children. The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation also works in village development programs in healthcare, livelihood creation and civic empowerment. The Washington DC chapter www.ekaldc.org organizes fundraisers and events to promote Ekal’s agenda within the Washington DC region.