INDIA ABROAD October 20, 2017 29 INDIAN-AMERICAN AFFAIRS
More Than $275,000 Raised at Pratham D.C. Gala
More than $275,000 was raised to combat childhood illiteracy at the annual gala hosted by Pratham USA’s Washington, D.C.
chapter at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va., Sept. 30. More than 360 guests attended the event
headlined by actor, writer and filmmaker R. Madhavan, photo right, who, in the keynote address, underscored the importance of
tangible results when giving back. Nisha Sisodiya, a young woman from Rajasthan, told her story of how she overcame an
abusive marriage to become a successful entrepreneur after discovering Pratham’s vocational program. Audience were treated to
a performance by the South Asian a cappella group Penn Masala and songwriter Vasuda Sharma.
BAPS Charities Donates $165,000 to Plant 100,000 Trees
BAPS Charities on Oct. 7
presented $165,000 check to the
Nature Conservancy to help plant
100,000 trees to support the Plant
a Billion Trees Initiative. BAPS
Charities volunteers and Board
members presented the check to
Troy Ettel, director of Forest
Conservation; Myriam Dormer,
Urban Conservation director;
Rachel Holmes, Urban forester;
Maria Fisher, donor Stewardship
Officer; and Erin Daly, Donor
Relations manager. A tree planting
ceremony was also held. Over the
last six months, BAPS Charities
have hosted the group’s annual
walkathons across North America.
Interfaith Institute Honors Prof. Diana Eck Kannada Group Hosts Theater, TV Actor
The Interfaith Institute of the Islamic Center of Long Island presented its
second annual award Oct. 1 to Diana Eck, photo left, writer and professor
of comparative religion and Indian studies, and director of the Pluralism
Project at Harvard University. Eck was honored for her seminal work in
the field of religious pluralism. She was also acknowledged her
contributions to the religious dimensions of America’s new immigrants; in
particular, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain and Zoroastrian
communities. The event at the Islamic Center in Westbury, New York, was
attended by an audience representing different faiths. “America is
changing, though more than 80 percent of the population is still Christian.
We have to accept the new realities. We see the turban-wearing Sikh
man and the bindi-wearing Hindu woman on the streets,” Eck said.
Lehigh Kannada Koota hosted “Sahitya Sanje” at Hindu Temple Society in Allentown,
Penn., last month. Kannada theater and television actor Sampath Kumar, left, spoke
on playwright and humorist T.P. Kailasam. Kumar also conducted a quiz show based
on the state of Karnataka. Earlier, Uma Ranganna welcomed the gathering, while
Sumana Giridhar introduced Kumar.