Berkeley, California – Top international Kirtan stars are coming together on Sunday, June 6th for an online event to raise funds for healthcare for the people of India, who are undergoing one of the most extreme crisis situations the globe has seen during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will bring together noted Grammy nominees Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Mitten, Jai Uttal, Snatam Kaur, and Sopurkh Singh, and Manose to raise funds for urgent relief. The event will start at 9:15 am PST/ 12:15 pm EST/ 5:15 pm in the United Kingdom. Kirtan fans, yogis, and others who wish to support this cause can register at https://tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/chant-for-india.
Funds raised by the event will go directly to Sri Ramakrishna Mission, which will fund equipment and other immediate needs of the twelve Andhra Medical College (AMC) hospitals. These government hospitals offer free healthcare, allowing for under-resourced communities to receive care. While registration for the event is free to ensure access for all, we encourage attendees to donate as generously as they can.
This benefit event is co-organized by Ashoka Nalamalapu, the founder of Swan Kirtan. Born and raised in India, Ashoka has been in the US since 1987 but maintains a close connection with his family in India, who have been directly impacted by the ravages of the pandemic. His cousin, who he grew up in the same household with is hospitalized and his cousin’s mother and wife died of COVID-19 this week.
Ashoka notes, “I am so touched that the Kirtan and yoga community are stepping up for Mother India. I have never seen such devastation and suffering in the land of my birth and it’s truly imperative that anyone who has been touched by the Indian spirituality of Kirtan (chanting), yoga, dharma, and meditation offer what they can to help the country and people who brought these beautiful and meaningful spiritual practices to the world.”
Co-organizer BrightStar Live Events is pleased to be donating its ticketing, streaming, and promotion services for this meaningful relief effort. BrightStar’s hybrid offering of ticketing technology and social networking supports artists, authors, teachers, and event organizers who are dedicated to improving the lives of others. Additional supporters of the event include Livestream technical support donated by The Share Wisdom Network, Ashoka’s non-profit organization Sadhana, and PR consultant Susan von Seggern.