BOSTON–The American India Foundation’s New England chapter will host its annual Gala on March 23, 2019, and will highlight AIF’s Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative (MANSI), a public-private partnership that reduces maternal and child mortality predominantly in remote rural and tribal areas of India.
The gala will feature a magnificent line up of entertainment, including the musical group Natraj and the Berklee Indian Ensemble, the dance ensemble Shahi Taj Bhangra and DJ Neel.
Natraj blends classical music of India with traditional music from West Africa and contemporary jazz into a unique, infectious jazz conception. Selected as Boston’s Best Jazz Band by the Improper Bostonian and nominated Best World Music Act in the Boston Music Awards, Natraj presents exotic textures, accessible melodies, and rhythmic energy.
Berklee Indian Ensemble has hosted members from 42 countries to date. It provides an inclusive space for musicians from all over the world to study and create music influenced by the rich mosaic that is Indian music today. It has an expansive repertoire including original student compositions.
KML, A.K.A. Neel, has performed from Rome to Montreal to Boston for college parties, fundraisers, wedding events and more. He has performed with nonprofit organizations such as Youth Lead and the YMCA.
Shahi Taj Bhangra works to preserve the culture of Bhangra in the west. They are made up of several veteran dancers with experience on multiple teams, and have performed Bhangra throughout the country.
MANSI provides preventative and curative care for mothers and newborns from individual households to government health facilities. It ensures new mothers and infants have the care they need to prepare for, survive, and thrive during and after pregnancy. Its goal for the next five years is to work with state governments to scale up its reach and impact to 10 million people in the remotest regions of India.
The American India Foundation is committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India, and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. AIF’s programming seeks to achieve gender equity through developing inclusive models that focus on and empower girls and women. Founded in 2001 at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a suggestion from Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of 4.6 million of India’s poor. AIF is transforming lives across 24 states of India while addressing these issues on a regional, country, and international scale. Learn more at www.AIF.org