GOPIO Manhattan Organizes a Virtual Musical Evening to Raise Funds for the Covid-19 Relief in India

Program organizers and singers at the GOPIO-Manhattan Virtual Fundraising Musical Evening for Covid-19 Relief in India. Top row L to R: Pallavi, Smita, Bhargavi; Middle Row L to R: Kaushal, Shivendra Sofat, Dr. Thomas Abraham; Bottom Row: Chitranjan Sahay Belwariar

(New York, NY: The GOPIO-Manhattan, NYC and SwarTaal Musicals organized a Virtual Fundraising Musical Evening to raise funds for “The Covid-19 Relief in India”. The fundraiser was initiated by Ms. Pallavi Verma Belwariar of SwarTaal Musicals & Founding Life Member of GOPIO-Manhattan.

Ms. Pallavi was joined by Ms. Bhargavi Naidana, Mr. Kaushal Sampat & Ms. Smita Sinha served as the MC for the evening. The singers chose soulful romantic songs of the yester years of Bollywood music for the evening mesmerizing the attendees. Additionally, few paintings by Ms. Pallavi were exhibited and sold to support the noble cause.

Dr. Thomas Abraham, GOPIO Chairman; said “GOPIO International has been raising funds and GOPIO Connecticut and Manhattan chapters have sent Oxygen concentrators to India while other chapters in the US and around the world are providing medical supplies and food for the needy.”

Dr. Abraham complimented GOPIO-Manhattan, NYC for taking this initiative and organizing several other programs during the covid period in the last one year.

Program initiator Pallavi Verma Belwariar of SwarTaal Musicals & Founding Life Member of GOPIO-Manhattan chapter

Mr. Shivender Sofat, President GOPIO-Manhattan; thanked the singers for making the evening lively and supporting the charitable event. He shared few pictures and slides of health kiosks to be set up in five villages in India that will be supported from the donation proceeds collected by GOPIO-Manhattan.

Professor Rajasekhar Vangapati, EVP GOPIO-Manhattan; spoke about chapter activities and motivated everyone to donate generously towards the noble cause.

Mr. Chitranjan Sahay Belwariar, Founding Life Member GOPIO Manhattan; provided technical support with Zoom streaming and recording.

Priced at $10 for the ticket, the fundraiser netted over $1,000 from ticket sales and other donations.

In accordance with its mission to serve the larger society and those in need, GOPIO-Manhattan Chapter has taken several initiatives in the recent past. A Community Feeding is organized by the Chapter providing vegetarian lunch for the homeless and needy at Tomkins Square Park in Manhattan on the last Monday of every month. The chapter appeals to the community to support the initiative by being a volunteer and or a sponsor.

For more info on GOPIO Manhattan, call its president Shivender Sofat at 731-988-6969, e-mail: or visit here:

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