‘Jai Ho Musical Dhamaka’ brings Bollywood-great Sukhwinder Singh to join physicians’s health care initiatives

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Bollywood playback singer Sukhwinder Singh performing on stage May 19, 2019, at the Ritz Theater & Performing Arts Center in Elizabeth, N.J., for the ‘Jai Ho Musical Dhamaka’ organized by AAPI to fund health care initiatives in India and the U.S. and bring local and national AAPI organizations together. (Photo courtesy Jayesh Patel/jayeshproduction.com)

Renowned Bollywood playback singer Sukhwinder Singh’s concert at the Ritz Theater & Performing Arts Center in Elizabeth, N.J., May 18, hosted by the American Association of Physicians of Indian origin (AAPI) and its local chapters, drew a record crowd and raised funds for tackling health issues in India and the United States.

Famous Bollywood playback singer Sukhwinder Singh rocked the Ritz Theater & Performing Arts Center in Elizabeth, N.J., with his performance May 19, 2019, as part of the ‘Jai Ho Musical Dhamaka’ organized by AAPI to fund its health care initiatives in India and the U.S., and bring the local and national organizations closer together.(Photo courtesy Jayesh Patel/ jayeshproduction.com)

Singh was joined by Maharashtra’s First Lady Amruta Fadnavis, a classical singer and Goodwill Ambassador of AAPI. The two are on a 10-city tour, ‘Jai Ho Musical Dhamaka’ organized by AAPI under the leadership of President Naresh Parikh.

Proceeds from the tour will support AAPI initiatives focused on the rapidly growing problem of cardiovascular diseases in South Asians and minorities living in the United States, as well as lymphoma and leukemia in India.

From left, Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media and ITV Gold, with AAPI President Dr. Naresh Parikh, and Dr. Ajay Lodha, past president of AAPI, at the ‘Jai Ho Musical Dhamaka’ organized by AAPI and its local affiliates, to raise money for charitable health care initiatives in U.S. and India, and to bring the national and local chapters of the physicians’ organization closer together. (Photo, videograb from ITV Gold)

The tour is also meant to bring local chapters and national AAPI closer together. The Tri-state local organizations – AAPI-Queens/Long Island (NY), and Monmouth County AAPI (MOCAAPI) of New Jersey worked jointly with the national AAPI, to organize the event.

Maharashtra’s First Lady Amruti Fadnavis, who is a talented classical singer and also the Goodwill Ambassador of AAPI, showing her talent at the May 19 ‘Jai Ho Musical Dhamaka’ held in Elizabeth, N.J.(Photo courtesy Jayesh Patel/ jayeshproduction.com)

Starting May 10 from Columbus, Ohio, the tour continued to several cities including Atlanta, Georgia; Washington D.C., and Charlotte, North Carolina, before reaching New Jersey May 18. Performances will be held in several other cities – Dallas, Texas, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; San Jose and Los Angeles, California, among others.

Both Sukhwinder Singh and Amruta Fadnavis regaled the audience with popular songs. Fadnavis, in an dark pink gown with exquisite silver embroidery, sang the golden oldie “Jo Bhi Chahe Kahiye.” Singh took the stage in a purple and gold suit, singing popular numbers and even calling up members of the audience to join him on stage at one point.

Dr. Vinod Sancheti, president of Monmouth County AAPI, speaking to ITV Gold during the ‘Jai Ho Musical Dhamaka’ held in Elizabeth, N.J. May 18, 2019, organized by AAPI and its local chapters. (Photo: videograb from ITV Gold)

By combining the musical program with educational and networking opportunities for its members, AAPI served multiple goals of outreach to members and supporters. Education and awareness sessions were held before the musical program.

“The purpose of doing the Jai Ho concert 10-city mega event is to establish communication between local chapters and national AAPI,” said Dr. Naresh Parikh in an interview with ITV Global. “We felt this would be a way to establish a stronger bond.” He spoke about the TB Free India initiative undertaken during his year at AAPI’s helm.

Dr. Ravi Kohli, recently elected secretary of AAPI, being interviewed by ITV Gold, at the ‘Jai Ho Musical Dhamaka’ held in Elizabeth, N.J., May 19, 2019. (Photo videograb courtesy ITV Gold)

“We were able to procure $9 million from USAID and India,” for the 10-city pilot project for a TB-Free India, he said. To date, 2 cities, Indore and Bhopal, have become TB-free, Rajkot in Gujarat is in line to achieve that goal by January, Dr. Naresh Parikh said.

Dr. Vinod Sancheti, president of MOCAAPI, told ITV Gold that medical and non-medical seminars were held prior to the concert.. Dr. Sancheti also thanked Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, founder and chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media and chairman of ITV Gold, for his support in advertizing the event.  Approximately100 to 150 people attended the seminars.

Dr. Himanshu Pandya, president of AAPI-QLI, spoke to ITV Gold about how events like the concert will help tackle the challenge of diseases like lymphoma and leukemia in India.

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