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How Can You Get Involved… You can help us by working with us to organize events, network and represent us, visit the projects and write about your experiences, and volunteer for our projects in India. Write to us at LAHI@lend-a-hand-india.org. Lend-A-Hand India. South Asian Gala 2006
You can help us by working with us to organize events, network and represent us, visit the projects and write about your experiences, and volunteer for our projects in India. Write to us at LAHI@lend-a-hand-india.org.
South Asian Gala 2006
Sept 30th, 2006
Lighthouse International, 111 E59th Street, New York NY 10022
784 Columbus Avenue #10G
New York NY 10025 USA
Ph : +1-917-493-9000
Bhandarkar Rd Pune 411004 India
Ph : +91-20-25676679
About Lend-A-Hand India
Board of Advisors
Ashish Chauhan, Head of IT, Reliance Industries, India
Ashok Vaswani, CEO, Consumer Banking, Citigroup Asia Pacific
Nazish Agha Esq, Cadwalder, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Sucheta Dalal, Padmashri, Business Journalist & Writer
Vik Atal, Chairman & CEO, Citi Cards North America
Vinod Haritwal, CEO, Grauer & Weil Group of Companies
Lend-A-Hand India’s mission is to make a difference in the lives of the poor through self-help. We provide the youth better access to vocational training, career development, and employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. Our goal is to help the poor realize their full potential to meet their aspirations for a better life by raising awareness of their environment, rights and responsibilities, and empower them to seize opportunities beyond what is usually assumed to be out of reach.
Lend-A-Hand India collaborates and partners with local grass root organizations to implement projects in following areas
- Vocational Training
- Career Counseling and Vocational Guidance
- Community Leadership Development
Raj Gilda (co-founder)
Sunanda Mane (co-founder)
learning electrical fittings
Journey So far…
We have assisted 2200 young men and women from 12 villages and two slum communities in Mumbai to harness economic opportunities for themselves and their families.
Students repairing the window sill
Earlier this year, we embarked upon a project called “PLAN 100” to establish rural technology training centers in 100 schools. This will extend our immediate reach to over 20,000 youngsters giving them the tools they need to succeed. In a short span of past six months, we have been able to launch six school programs covering over 1,200 students
Divya Nayar, Bharatnatyam
Divya started learning Bharatnatyam from age six and holds prestigious diploma from Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts. She has performed extensively in India and the US and presently teaches this great art. Today being one of the auspicious Navaratri nights, she is performing in praise of Goddess Durga.
Neena Bhanti’s Group, Indian Fusion Dance
Nina Bhanti(Choreographer), Purvi Amin, Pooja Bharadwaj, Kiran Cheema, Rahisa Jamal, Pooja Jhaveri
Neena Bhanti has choreographed various styles of dance including Indian film and music video dance, Bhangra, classical fusion and Hip-Hop. She has performed in several special events and has worked on many film and TV projects.
Today the performers will be dancing to the beats of “Aisa Jadoo” & “Kangana”.
Devanshi, Stand-up Comedy
Born and raised in Pittsburg, after graduation in New York, Devanshi Patel pursued her childhood love for comedy. Devanshi’s stand up comedy is a medley of craziness in her life, the insanity that is her family, inevitable political incorrectness and the absurdity we all go through.
Pooja Kumar, Kathak
Pooja Kumar gave her first performance at the age of one to the famous song “Madhuban Mein Radhika..” Pooja has learned numerous dance forms: Kathak from Om Prakash Mishra in Allahabad, Bharatnatyam from Adyar Laxman in Chennai, & Kuchipudi from The Kachipudi Art Academy in St. Louis. In addition, she has learnt Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Belly Dancing. Today she will be performing to the song “Dil Cheez Kya Hai” from the movie “Umrao Jaan”
Heartbeats, South Asian Music
Get ready for some pulsating music from Heartbeats!
Shiv: The KK in the setup; Sankaran: A messiah-in-the-making – listen to soulful ghazals; Nanda: Listen to his guitar;Divya: The nightingale of Heartbeats;Arvind: See his magic with a pair of sticks; Niranjan: One, who can play to all the tunes.
Lend-A-Hand India presents
South Asian Gala 2006
Sept 30th, 2006
Master of Ceremonies
Pooja Kumar, Actress & Producer, Miss India USA
630 : 730 pm Reception & Silent Auction
Henna Demonstration by Shayna Nirmal
730 : 735 pm Opening Remarks by Vik Atal, Chairman & CEO, Citi Cards NA
735 : 745 pm “Lend-A-Hand India : Journey So far” by Dina Deligiorgis
745 : 930 pm Performances
Bharat Natyam by Divya Nayar
Indian Fusion Dance by Nina Bhanti’s Group
Stand-up Comedy by Devanshi Patel
Kathak performance by Pooja Kumar
Indian Fusion Dance by Nina Bhati’s Group
Indian Music Performance by Heartbeats
930 pm onwards Dinner & Dance
Lend-A-Hand India expresses its deep gratitude towards all the artists for supporting the cause and contributing by way of their talent and time
Thank You !
Art and Culture
Two beautiful mounted photographs – “Vittala Temple Courtyard” and “Ghat Reflection in Ganges” (8” x 10”) from an enchanting collection "Passing Through India" by Lee Gimpel, globe torturing writer and photographer
Two oil paintings, ”Rising with Joy” & “Light of Life” (20" x 20“), by internationally acclaimed artist Rebecca Schweiger
A unique piece of art work "For That moment" (18" x 14“) in Mixed Media on Nepali Rice paper by Keepa Maskey
"Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians" a book by Jane Hyun. Autographed by author. Hard cover edition
Health, Fashion & Beauty
Private yoga lesson (1.5 Hrs) by Jen Kagan
An elegant hand embroidered (Kundan work) party ware Salwar Khamis with beautiful dupatta
A beautiful Indian silk scarf with a matching purse
A delicate silk yellow and black greyhound scarf by LIHLI New York
Travel and Entertainment
Two nights stay with breakfast at picturesque Log House at Wallace Falls Park, North Seattle
Two tickets to a performance at the New York Metropolitan Opera
Enjoy Dinner for two at Leela Lounge
Original Sound Track of movie “Indian Cowboy” - A Love Story featuring Karsh Kale's Classical Science Fiction soundtrack from India
The “South Asian Gala 2006” would not have been possible without generosity and support of the following. We express our heartfelt gratitude to all !
Boyd Berbick, Checkout Resources
Silent Auction Contributors
Ashwani & Sun, Leela Lounge
Nikhil Kamkolkar, “Indian Cowboy”
Mary Swanson, Wallace Falls Park Log House
Ruth Hsu, LIHLI New York
Official Drinks Sponsor : Krait Beer & General Bilimoria Wine
Delicious Food from : Kabab King, Jackson Heights, New York
Lend-A-Hand India expresses its deep gratitude towards all the performers for supporting the cause and contributing by way of their talent and time
Special thanks to Bill Cooke & Heather Foley from Lighthouse International