Salaam Bombay Children’s Fund to Host Benefit Concert in NYC

Salaam Bombay Children’s Fund to Host Benefit Concert in NYC

(New York, NY – October 13th, 2014)- Salaam Bombay Children’s Fund based in Stamford, CT along with The New York Society For Ethical Culture will be hosting a benefit concert in New York City to enable underprivileged children from India's slums to stay in school. The evening, titled “Sounds of Hope” will feature a night of India inspired jazz, with some of the world's most renowned musicians, and will be held on November 14th at the New York Society For Ethical Culture near Central Park West in Manhattan.

This concert is a wonderful opportunity for the people of New York, world music and jazz lovers to participate in supporting underprivileged children to stay in school. Join us and change a child's life” says Victor Martinez-Angles, President, Salaam Bombay Children's Fund.

Salaam Bombay Children’s Fund works with children in Mumbai’s slums. The foundation helps children that live in conditions of extreme poverty and deprivation. 9 out of 10 children drop out of school, and face the risk of child labor and substance abuse, with tobacco use in particular. 1 in every 3 children is addicted to tobacco and is at the risk of getting cancer. Salaam Bombay Children's Fund supports these ‘at risk’ children in programs that engage them through in-school leadership and after-school sports and arts programs. These programs build confidence, self-esteem and commitment to stay in school.

Sounds of Hope will be a unique evening of world music. Featured artists are Larry Coryell, a pioneer of jazz-rock whose eclectic sounds and brilliant technique has shaped the genre; Osam Ezzeldin, one of the brightest stars on piano and keyboard on the world music scene today; Kai Eckhardt, a former bassist with the John Mclaughlin Trio who has shared the limelight with jazz greats across the world; and Aditya Kalyanpur, a tabla maestro who has worked with a galaxy of stars including Keith Richards, A. R. Rahman and Katy Perry.

I have experienced how the power of music can change lives. I am proud to be associated with this cause, which helps support the underprivileged children of my home town”  says musician Aditya Kalyanpur.

Co-Sponsoring Sounds of Hope is The New York Society of Ethical Culture, a welcoming home for humanists. They provide non-theistic services in a congregational setting and embrace the diversity of the city and invite all to join in celebrating life’s joys, supporting one another through life’s crises, and working together to make the world a better place.

Tickets for Sounds of Hope range from $35-$100 and can be purchased at To learn more about Salaam Bombay Children’s Fund, please visit:

About Salaam Bombay Children’s Fund: Salaam Bombay Children's Fund Inc. is a public charity and is classified as a 501(c)(3). The mission of the organization is to support innovative, creative, and collaborative programs in the areas of education and wellness for underprivileged children.

Interview opportunities are available with select board members.  For scheduling interviews, sponsorship opportunities, or additional information, please contact Neerja Patel


Announcing the Jiva Performing Arts Gala with Mira Nair! 

Mira Nair to be keynote speaker at Jiva Performing Arts Gala

(New York, NY – October 16th, 2014)-  Jiva Performing Arts announces its annual gala – an exciting evening featuring performances by talented musicians, dancers and comedians, cocktails, dinner and dancing on November 6th.  The evening will host internationally acclaimed film director and producer Mira Nair as the keynote speaker. The annual gala, which will help support the organization’s growing efforts to create engaging Indian classical music and dance programming in the NYC area, will be held at 6:30pm at the Congregation Rodeph Shalom in NYC.

Jiva Performing Arts exists to promote Indian classical music and dance in NYC.  Jiva was founded in 2007 by husband and wife team of Indian classical dancer Sonali Skandan and Indian classical musician Bala Skandan.  Jiva, in its 6 year history, has organized numerous events that focus on the performing arts of India – from ongoing classes in Indian dance and music, master level workshops by senior gurus, performances by renowned artists from India and from home, as well as the creation of new artistic work to pass on the legacy of these rich art forms.  Through Jiva’s dedication to high quality education and programming, as well as a close-knit and supportive community, Jiva has become one of the more visible South Asian Arts organizations in NYC

Jiva was formed because we wanted to share the intense passion that we feel towards Indian Classical music and dance to the larger NYC community. We feel these art forms enhance our lives, adding beauty, depth and vitality. They have the power to touch one and all at the deepest level.  They are timeless and have also evolved with time.” says Artistic Director, Sonali Skandan.

JPA’s upcoming gala will feature live music by Jay Gandhi, Nitin Mitta and Bala Skandan as well as a performance by Jiva Dance, based on the Bharatanatyam tradition. The evening will be hosted by comedian Dan Nainan. Catering will be provided by Bukhara Grill of NYC and music by Globe DJs. Keynote speaker for the evening will be internationally acclaimed film director and producer Mira Nair. (is this a repition of what was stated in frst paragraph?) Mira Nair’s debut film, Salaam Bombay! (1988), won the Golden Camera award at the Cannes Film Festival. She used the proceeds of the film to establish an organization for street children, called the Salaam Baalak Trust in India. Nair has won a number of awards, including a National Film Award and various international film festival awards, and was awarded the India Abroad Person of the Year award in 2007. In 2012, she was awarded India’s third highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan, by the President of India, Pratibha Patil.

The funds generated through the gala will be used to develop educational and arts programming in NYC.  Jiva plans to introduce more classes, hire part-time teachers and produce more engaging and accessible Indian classical dance and music events in the city.  Jiva’s long-term goal is to secure dedicated studio and performance space to create a center for music and dance in NYC. 

For more information on Jiva Performing Arts and the upcoming gala, please visit:   For table reservations, ticketing, and sponsorship information contact Ami Jain:

About Jiva Performing Arts: Jiva Performing Arts is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that exists to promote Indian classical music and dance in NYC.  


Interview with Social and Style 

After facilitating hundreds of interviews between my clients and the media, it was refreshing to be asked to do an interview about myself and Neerja PR. It was an honor to speak with Kamana Sharma, Founder of Social and Style, a fabulous blog about Fashion, Wellness and Lifestyle, about how and why I started my dream company, Neerja Public Relations. Read the full interview here


Ever wanted to dance like those Bollywood Stars? Here is your chance! 

SHIAMAK Have Feet. Will Dance. – Now in USA!

(New York, NY – September 16th, 2014)-  With the motto “Have Feet. Will Dance. ™, The Shiamak Dance Movement is the largest in the world. Reaching out to over a million dance enthusiasts across India, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates, the Guru of Dance, Shiamak Davar, is now launching his dance academy in The United States of America.

Starting this fall, SHIAMAK Dance classes will be conducted at multiple studios across New York and New Jersey. Classes will be taught by senior faculty members, Deeba Patel, Bhuvan Sharma & Devashree Pande. Instructors have been highly trained by Shiamak for multiple years and have performed at national and international live events, films, sports events and award shows. Patel, Sharma and Pande have also taught and performed with Bollywood’s A-list celebrities.  

Shiamak has introduced the world to new dance forms, which are amalgamations of Indian and Western dance, fused with his own unique and personal style. Spreading the joy of dance to students as young as four all the way to eighty four, his faculty teaches his patent dance styles; including Shiamak’s Indo Jazz™, Shiamak’s Bollywood Jazz ™ and Shabop (Hip Hop & Street Funk) amongst many others.

While Shiamak’s association with the USA goes back several decades, the launch of his US academy, will embark a new journey to educate entertain and empower people through dance and the performing arts. From singing with music legends including Sting, Will Smith and Bryan Adams to partnering with Former President Bill Clinton and Hollywood actor Richard Gere for social causes, Shiamak has built strong cultural relations between the two countries. A close friend and Shiamak’s Guru, Debbie Allen has taught workshops at Shiamak’s Dance Studio in Mumbai. Similarly, dancers from Shiamak’s academy have trained at The Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA) in LA, and teachers from DADA have taught at Shiamak’s academy in Mumbai.

The Shiamak Davar Dance Company has also performed several times in USA for shows and events including The Unforgettable World Tour with Amitabh Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit, the International Indian Film Awards (IIFA) recently held in Tampa, Florida, The Bollywood Awards, Sangeet Awards and multiple other corporate events. His credits also include choreographing for the Hollywood Blockbuster, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol starring Tom Cruise.

Shiamak was honored with a doctorate by the Middlesex University, London for his contribution to the field of dance education, entertainment and performing arts. Spreading the joy of dance and taking dance education to international shores, Shiamak Davar is set to launch his dance school now in the USA. Registration will begin October 4th, and classes are set to begin on Oct 11th.

Don’t miss out the Shiamak’s Dance Team performing live for Maharashtra Tourism presents Diwali at Times Square on September 20th and Master Marzi from Dance India Dance.

For more information please contact 201.899.9799 or email:

Registrations begin- October 4, 2014

Batches begin- October 11, 2014
For Details, contact- 201.899.9799
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Wishwas Diwali Fundraiser Hosted by Ranjana and Naeem Khan on Oct 28th in NYC! 

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