Fundraising

Devotional Flute Concert Fundraiser A Grand Success

Sankara Nethralaya (SN) is a non-profit charity organization providing ophthalmic (eye) care throughout India.  For the last four decades, SN has treated millions of patients.

Sankara Nethralaya USA (SN USA) was formed in the USA thirty years ago so NRIs could contribute to help the mission of SN.  SN USA, based in the USA, has received the highest rating of four stars by Charity Navigator for maintaining financial accountability and fiscal transparency for funds donated by donors and how they are utilized towards the stated cause.

Every year, Sankara Nethralaya USA organizes Indian classical dance and music programs in various cities to raise awareness and raise funds.  Because of the pandemic, all programs have been conducted virtually.

As part of our mid-year campaign, Kalaratna Vidwan Flute Nagaraju Talluri gave a devotional flute music concert on July 25th, 2021.  He performed the following songs:

  • Maha Ganapateem – Lord Ganesh
  • Adivo Alladivo – Annamayya
  • Janani Janani – Tamil song by Ilayaraja
  • Shyam Teri Bansi- Hindi- Lata Mangeshkar
  • Bhagyada Laxmi Baaramma- Kannada
  • Tandanaanaa Hare – Annamayya
  • Payoji Maine Raam Ratan Dhan Payo – Hindi – Meera bhajan
  • Harivaraasanam – a popular Malayalam song for Ayyappa Swami first sung by Shri K. J. Yesudas
  • Shankara Nada Sharirapara – SPB – Sankarabharanam
  • Sathyam Shivam Sundaram – Hindi – Lata Mangeshkar

Sankara Nethralaya executive committee members – President Emeritus S V Acharya, President Bala Reddy Indurti, Vice President Moorthy Rekapalli, Secretary Srinivas Ganagoni, Treasurer Banumati Ramkrishnan, Joint Secretary Sowmiya Narayanan, Joint Treasurer Raja Krishnamurti, and Past President Leela Krishnamurthy appealed the audience through TV channels to support the cause and help indigent blind patients in India.

Virtual music concert was broadcasted in the following major channels:

ManaTV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g52jaxiPe1I 

TVAsia Telugu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVEzgUI8nmk 

Saakshi TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWKhCEjTOV0 

TV5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtHjP2nthGQ 

GNN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxXoGUQzCVk 

Viewers thoroughly enjoyed the concert and Sankara Nethralaya midyear campaign raised significant amount to restore the vision to many indigent blind patients in India. Kudos to the fundraising team, philanthropists, and the community for their unconditional support.

President Bala Reddy Indurti and President Emeritus S V Acharya thanked all the Trustees and Volunteers who are working selflessly to restore vision for indigent patients.  Vice President Moorthy Rekapalli thanked the efforts of Sankara Nethralaya USA and the service of NRIs.  President of Sankara Nethralaya India, Dr. Girish Rao elaborated the various services provided by Nethralaya to the needy people during pandemic.

Special thanks to Shyam Appali, Prameela Gopu, Suresh Kumar, Theagarajan, and Sunita Doss for their assistance in organizing this program and taking care of technical aspects to present the content in different channels.

Thanks are due to K.G. Venkatraman, Krishnaraj Bhat, Dr. Raj Modi, Dr. Reddy Urimindi, Srini Vangimalla, Shankar Setty, Jagannath Vedula, Narayan Indurthi, Upendra Rachupally, Rajasekhar Aila, Ravi Maraka, and Prasad Rani for promoting the event in social media, and TV channels.

Thanks, are also due to media partners ManaTV, TVAsia Telugu, SakshiTV, TV5, GNN, US1, and Tori for promoting Sankara Nethralaya activities.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach our committee members at the following link: https://www.sankaranethralayausa.org/committee-members.html 

Special Discussion with Sri S. V. Acharya, President Emeritus, SN USA on Mana TV International HD

The Founder of Sankara Nethralaya USA Mr. S. V. Acharya and his wife Mrs. Nirmala Acharya were interviewed by Mana TV and the interview was broadcasted by ManaTV on July 23rd, 2021.  Mr. & Mrs. Acharya spoke about their meeting with SN Founder Living Legend, Padma Bhushan Dr. S. S. Badrinath, their involvement with SN and the growth of Sankara Nethralaya USA during past 33 years.

Please click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0788I0UDVpA to view the interview.

We thank Leela Krishnamurthy and Narayan Reddy Indurthi for coordinating musical concerts and the walkathon event in Houston TX.

For more information and to donate please visit us at https://www.sankaranethralayausa.org

If you like to donate using PayPal please click the following link: https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1769240

Sri A Jagannathan Memorial Concert Series Completes 300 concerts

The Sri A Jagannathan Memorial Concert series organized by Sankara Nethralaya USA’s Joint Secretary & Trustee Mr. Sowmiyanarayan in memory of his father, Sri A Jagannathan completes 300 concerts.  Over the one-year period, Sri Sowmiyanarayan organized 300 concerts and gave opportunities for more than 450 artists from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.

The fundraising concert series was created by Sri Sowmiyanarayan to honor his father’s memory.  His son, Sanjith Narayanan, and his violin teacher, Sri Kamalkiran Vinjamuri helped arrange the concerts.  Initially scheduled only for ten days, the virtual concert series proved to be so popular it was extended multiple times and became an ongoing music concert series.

The extremely talented great-granddaughters of the unforgettable Bharat Ratna Smt. M. S. Subbulakshmi and Sangeetha Ratnakara Dr. Radha Vishwanathan:- S. Aishwarya and S. Saundarya, performed for our grand landmark of reaching 150 concerts.  Young and talented artists from Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, UAE, UK, USA, Singapore, and Sweden have come forward to perform for this good cause and showcase their unique talents.

Your enthusiastic support and contributions have enabled Sankara Nethralaya to perform eye surgeries for over 2000 poor indigent patients over the past year.  We thank you all for the tremendous support that you have given to Sankara Nethralaya and this festival.

Sri Sowmiyanarayan thanks Sri Vibhu Rao (Mani Krishnaswami Academy), Sri Ramesh Sooryanarayanan ( Sai Rocks Studio), Chi. Sai Bharath (Sai Rocks Studio) and respected gurus.

Sangita Kalanidhi Padmasri Vidushi Kanyakumari’s Violin Concert for Indigent Patients

Sankara Nethralaya OM Trust USA organized a live stream event by Sangita Kalanidhi Padmasri Vidushi Kanyakumari -Violin on Sunday, 11th October 2020 at 5:30 PM (EST)| Monday, 12th October, 2020 at 3: AM (IST). Sangita Kalanidhi Kanyakumari was accompanied by Vidhwan Dr. Patri Satish Kumar on the Mridangam, Vidhwan Anirudh Athreya on the Khanjira, and Vidhwan Sayee Rakshith on Violin support.

Patrons immersed themselves in Vidushi Kanyakumari’s concert from comfort of their homes. SN OM Trust USA was forced to cancel in person-events in Atlanta GA, Dallas TX, Washington DC, Houston TX, Los Angeles CA, and Pittsburgh PA due to present COVID 19 pandemic conditions and SN OM trust trustees organized online charity concerts to raise funds for bringing sight to poor indigent patients.

SN OM Trust Inc. USA., is Sankara Nethralaya’s only fund-raising arm in the USA. We invite you to visit https://www.sankaranethralayausa.org/ to learn more about donating from the USA.

We sincerely thank our supporters Mana TV, TV Asia, Sakshi TV, TV5, TV9, US 1 Television, and Radio TORi for their tireless efforts in telecasting this Classical concert.

Watch Sangita Kalanidhi Padmasri Vidushi Kanyakumari’s performance here at https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3333933226832359

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