SILICON VALLEY, CA Oct 12, 2012 – Induz organized the “Laser Dandiya 2012” fundraiser on the evening of Oct 6th 2012 at Centerville Junior High School in Fremont.
The event was sold out a day before the event with attendance in excess of 1200 people. The event started at 7:30pm and had its peak attendance at 9:00pm. There was a traditional Garba dance performance by students of Areodance Academy, which helped set the tone for the rest of the night. The attendees were pleased with the organization and execution of the event. The event was family oriented which accounted for many of the children attendees. There was a separate area for kids crafts and arts sponsored by Safari Kids, which kept the kids engaged. “Dandiya” is a traditional folk dance of India from Gujarat state. It is played with 2 sticks and is very gracious and energetic dance, which has its own form of style and art to it. This fundraiser event was intended to raise funds for Induz’s arts program expansion to 30 schools in Bay Area in 2012 school year. “Passport to the World” is the program that provides arts & culture education and dance classes to low income Bay Area elementary schools. The funds will also help in the continuation of their Tulika program in India, which provides free art, music, and dance education for underprivileged children at orphanages in India.
One of the attendees, Chandana Mukerjee said, “Congratulations to the Induz volunteer team for a fabulous event, it was very well organized and hugely successful and professionally executed.” Induz Dandiya is the first Bay Area Dandiya event to ever feature a spectacular laser lights show. The kids really enjoyed the laser showcase that provided a more visually appealing affect to the venue. Dimple Patel and Troupe performed the music for the event. They kept the attendees entertained throughout and kept the dancing going well through the night.
Niharika Srivastava, a dedicated volunteer for the event committee, said, "It was so much fun watching the delighted patrons thoroughly enjoying themselves. The team of volunteers did their best to provide a memorable experience to the attendees, photo booth by Ruchir Gandhi and interviews conducted by Vilas Thuse were icing on the cake."
Anu Natarajan, Vice Mayor for the City of Fremont, congratulated the Induz team for the success of the event and the work that they are doing for underprivileged children in India and the Bay Area. She presented a Proclamation on behalf of the City of Fremont, to Induz, which was accepted by Induz Founder and President, Ray Mitra. Jose Esteves, Mayor of City of Milpitas, also presented a Proclamation recognizing the contribution of Induz. Representative from the Office of Senator Ellen Corbett, presented Induz a certificate of appreciation for the positive impact Induz is making in the local community.
Induz founder, Ray Mitra said, “I am very pleased with the quality of the event which was delivered by the Induz volunteer team, it was a great success in my eyes and we hope to do more of these events in the coming years. This was due to the volunteers working together for a common cause. I would like to thank all our sponsors, supporters and media partners, without whom such a large community event cannot be successful.”
Special mention must be made of young volunteers Neha Krishna, Shailja Sarin, Rhea Mitra and Anish who manned the water, soda and dandiya sticks booth under their volunteer team lead of Dhaval Shah and managed to raise over $1200. Dhaval was able to motivate the kids to volunteer and formed a $1000+ club with a goal to raise at least $1000. They were proud that they could beat their own target.
Sanjay Saxena, Induz Board member, responsible for events, said, 'It was a well planned and executed event which was evident from the feedback that we received from our patrons, I am very proud that Induz has committed volunteers who gives their 100% for this noble cause"