Bollywood actors Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Shabana Azmi, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha and vocalist Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar have joined fingers to take part in a virtual fundraiser to assist India’s vaccination drive. COVID-19 wave is starting to recede from the nation and a number of foundations have completed their bit to lift consciousness and funds in regards to the pressing want for vaccination.
Vax.India.Now, a virtual music concert will likely be held on July 7, 2021. The initiative is helmed by the Anuradha Palakurthi Foundation which has additionally introduced together global singers and celebrities like Gloria Estefan, Sting, Alicia Keys, Annie Lennox, Yoyo Ma, A R Rahman, Josh Groban, Aasif Mandvi, Andrea Bocelli, Matteo Bocelli, David Foster, Norwegian DJ Alan Walker, Pia Toscano, Zubin Mehta, Nishat Khan, Ranjani Gayatri Sisters, Fareed Zakaria, Anuradha Juju Palakurthi,
Hollywood famous person Liam Neeson would even be a a part of this global musical concert. Throwing extra mild on the noble occasion, Anuradha Palakurthi speaks solely to India TV Digital.
With the second wave, many organizations got down to assist folks get vaccinated. What is Vax India initiative and how is it totally different from others?
I couldn’t be extra heartened by the large non-public possession of the vaccination drive in India. I say thanks to all of them. I’m additionally overjoyed by the expansion of so many dedicated, very environment friendly non-profits during the last 30 years. Given the dimensions and complexity of India, such non-public possession of public challenges is vital and I do know will make India a higher nation.
Some actually global large names right here, what precisely do you need to obtain by Vax India Now initiative?
In the case of vaccinations, the general numbers are straightforward to see, and we shouldn’t be overwhelmed –
(a) 600m folks should be vaccinated and India has proven that it could actually do a minimum of 10m a day. So, that’s theoretically a 60-day downside. I do know that the precise time will likely be longer. Having mentioned that
(b) India has a large community of non-profits that may play a very energetic position in serving to the precise days nearer to the 60. If solely
(c) they’d extra sources. This concert of global appeals so as to add actual substance to such organizations
So, we’re simply including sources to their efforts. Until 600m are vaccinated, none of us is finished!
Tell us one thing in regards to the theme music.
All artists right here volunteered and mentioned “Yes” – as a result of they need to be a part of the answer, “Hum Saath Hai” if you’ll – and that’s the title of the theme music. It is written by Neelesh Misra, composed by Bappa B Lahiri, and sung by me. Please watch it! India’s ache is a global problem AND a wholesome India is a should for a wholesome world. In instant phrases of decreased mutation dangers but additionally re-commissions the vaccination powerhouse that India is.
There is a big Bollywood star energy within the occasion. Do you suppose it’s important to rope in stars to carry focus to such a noble trigger, which in any other case too, has its personal pull?
We have a nice section within the concert – A roundtable of professors from MIT and Harvard that brings its collective US vaccine-deployment information and experiences to the occasion. Not positive if MIT/Harvard Bollywood and Hollywood stars had been in a single place together! We have extra than simply star energy right here.
Stars know that they’ve a large bullhorn and have by no means been shy of utilizing it for righting social injustice. They have been within the entrance of many social and political reforms all around the world – suppose Woodstock, suppose Janis Joplin, suppose Okay A Abbas, suppose Kaifi Azmi. We are blissful that they’ve volunteered to make use of it right here.
What precisely are the actors’ position within the Vax India fundraiser?
VaxIndiaNow is a music concert. But together with the performances we wish the world to listen to tales of actual folks in rural India which are doing their bit to battle the scenario, with restricted sources. To show this indomitable Indian spirit in areas that most individuals have by no means been to. These tales will likely be narrated by nice Indian actors and my Guru Vidushi Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar. Watching these movies makes us bear in mind who wants our pressing assist and why.
Tell us extra about Anuradha Palakurthi Foundation.
APF was my automobile to spend money on growing the recognition of Indian Classical music within the USA. And use music to assist Veterans’ causes. However, the latest scenario made it unattainable for us to stay to its knitting – and we needed to repurpose the target of that group – and redirect it to the instant downside readily available.