Lakeland, Jacksonville, Ocala, Tampa and Orlando are gearing up to hold Ekal Vidyalaya fundraisers. Presenting film songs, ghazals and bhajans at all the concerts will be the Manoj Mishra Musical Group. He will be accompanied by Nirupama Dey, 2007 “Sa Re Ga Ma” finalist. Rajendra Nakashe will be on the tabla/dholak, Ashwin Rokade on the keyboard and Pramod Katekar on the guitar.
A charitable trust, Ekal Vidyalaya (www.ekal.org) initiates, supports and runs non-formal one-teacher schools in India. The movement strives to create a network of non-formal schools and health education that will educate and empower children in tribal India.
Here are the venues and dates for all the fundraisers in Florida:
LAKELAND: For more information on the Feb. 25 show at 8 p.m. at Shri Swaminarayan Temple, 2793 New Tampa Highway, call Nilesh Patel at (863) 853-9315, Hasmukh M. Patel at (863) 965-1453 or Jay Patel (863) 802-1868 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
JACKSONVILLE: For more information on the Feb. 26 show from 5 to 8 p.m. at Landmark Middle School, 101 Kernan Blvd. N., call Dilip Kothekar at (904) 737-1269 or email email@example.com
OCALA: For more information on the March 4 show at 7:30 p.m. at India Association Cultural & Education Center, 2030 N.E. 36th Ave., call Nand Kishore Karve at (352) 237-3084 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
TAMPA: For more information on the March 5 show from 6 p.m. at India Cultural Center, 5511 Lynn Road (tickets are $25), call Jawahar Tauk at (727) 480-3829 or e-mail email@example.com
ORLANDO: For more information on the March 6 show, call Suresh Gupta at (407) 619-1500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
NITISH S. RELE