Pratham USA and RangManch (in association with
Kalashri) presented "Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai" where musicians, actors and dancers came together to present an evening of music,dance and drama based on the theme of love. The event was held on June 1, 2013 at the Keefe Technical High School, in Framingham, MA.
The music segment featured some of the finest local talent including Mohan Subramaniam, Meena Sundaram, Shraddha Agrawal, Parag Joshi, Sudha Subbaraman, Vasanth Murthy, Ujjwal Parikh and Suzana Naik and Anuradha Palakurthi. They sang to the accompaniment of a live band that included Nikhil Pendharkar(Keyboard), Manish Kurup(Lead Guitar), Shridhar Ganapuram(Drums), Bharat Lagu (Percussion), Angshuman Parashar (Base Guitar), Alden D’Souza(Keyboard), Nate Jakes(Base Guitar).
The event was structured as a musical with famous Bollywood songs presented in the context of a play. The play was written by Dr.Smita Parulkar and directed by Dr. Durgesh S Vaidya &
Dr. Jyotsna Mhatre. Prasoon Chaturvedi, Gauri Chandna, Alok Asoor, Malini Varadrajan, Priti Rujuta Gadgil, Radha Madhura Kulkarni, Shriniwas Jambhekar, Sridhar Pola, Nikita Rao and Mahesh Gadgil played different roles in the play.
There was yet another fun interlude with a game show centered on the theme of love coordinated by Jharna Madan. The organizers honored Eshani Shah, Chandu Shah and Dr. Manju Sheth for their work in the community.
Vikas Taneja, head of Pratham in Boston shared information about Pratham. Pratham seeks to improve the quality of education in India and to ensure that all children in India are not only attending
but thriving in school. Using very low-cost and scalable methods, Pratham has emerged as one of the world's largest
non-profit organizations in the field of primary education.
Pratham’s role in advocacy contributed to India’s Right to
Education Act (2010) and increased attention nationally to eradicating child labor. Currently, it serves the education needs of underprivileged
children across 19 of India’s 28 states. The reach 2.6 million
To learn more about Pratham please check out their website at http://pratham.org/