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MUSIC:
Kal Ki Yaadein: A Concert By BayVP


Performers rendered evergreen melodies by Mohd. Rafi and Mukesh at a concert hosted by the Bay Area Youth Vaishnav Pariwar to support the construction of a temple, writes Pravin Desai.


(Above): Talented exponents of the evergreen songs of golden voices of yesteryear’s Hindi cinema at “Kal Ki Yaadein,” a concert hosted by the Bay Area Youth Vaishnav Pariwar (l-r): The anchor, Anila Gohil (Lata and Asha), Daksha Gohil (Noorjahan), Dr. Kamlesh Awasthi (Mukesh), Bankim Pathak (Mohd. Rafi) and Niraj Pathak (Kishore Kumar). [Shashi Desai/DreamSnaps photo]
Over 450 Vaishnav Pariwar devotees as well as Hindi music lovers took a delightful walk down memory lane as noted singers Bankim Pathak and Dr. Kamlesh Awasthi recreated the voice of unforgettable Bollywood playback singers Mohammed Rafi and Mukesh at a musical concert, “Kal Ki Yaadein.”

Hosted Dec. 8 at the Chabot College Auditorium in Hayward, Calif., the concert was presented by the Bay Area Youth Vaishnav Pariwar to raise funds for Shrinathji Haveli, a proposed temple in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The concert began with an ode to Krishna, “Shrinathji maara ghatmaa birajtaa shrinathji.” Both Pathak and Awasthi presented all-time favorite songs of as early ’40s up to the ’70s with Daksha Gohil, Anila Gohil and Niraj Pathak.

BAYVP volunteers Shashi Desai with Ravi Desai presented video clips of BAYVP activities. Sureshbhai Gandhi and Saumil Shah gave details of newly acquired premises of the old BAPS temple in Milpitas, Calif.

Singer Bankim Pathak, himself handicapped, talked about his charity work for physically disabled people in Gujarat.

In 2004, Pathak launched his signature project under the Bankim Pathak Foundation at the Saraswati High School in Maninagar, Gujarat by giving a gift of tricycles for needy physically disabled persons. The idea of giving a tricycle is to encourage independence.


Pravin Desai is a freelance journalist and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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COVER STORY
Unsung Heroine:
Agnes Smedley

American feminist Agnes Smedley played a key role in assisting Indian freedom fighters in the U.S. and in Europe in the beginning of the 20th century, writes Ved Prakash Vatuk.


HUMAN RIGHTS
Humble Heroine:
Mukhtar Mai in Sacramento

Mukhtar Mai was declared Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year for her fearless stand against sexist oppression. She recently visited Sacramento, and our reporter Ras H. Siddiqui was there.


SUBCONTINENT
Midair Near Misses:
Air Traffic Crisis in India

India’s exponential growth in air traffic is now the cause of a missed mid-air collision every 15 days, writes Siddharth Srivastava.


OTHER STORIES
EDITORIAL: Unsung Heroine
NEWS DIARY: December
PHOTO ESSAY: 2007: Year in Review
OVERSEAS INDIANS: GOPIO Awards
TRIBUTE: Goodbye, Benazir
SCIENCE: A Close Relationship
ETHNIC ISSUES: Study in Contrasts
SUBCONTINENT: India’s New Boom
TRAVEL: Bear Valley, Calif.
HEALTH: Pregnancy 101
COMMUNITY: News in Brief
INFOTECH INDIA: Round-up
MUSIC: Kal Ki Yaadein Concert
AUTO: 2008 Acura MDX
BOLLYWOOD: Taare Zameen Par
BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
TAMIL CINEMA: Mirugam
RECIPE: Hot Kachri
HOROSCOPE: 2008 Yearly Forecast

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