CEOs sang to save lives and gift smiles

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On June 13, 2015, the ballroom of ITC Grand Central, Mumbai was abuzz with an anxious excitement as the performers of the evening tuned in their guitars, rehearsed their songs, discussed their costumes and eagerly waited for the show to begin. It was an evening where the performers at corporate boardrooms had gathered to showcase their singing talent at the 12th edition of CEOs Sing for GF Kids to raise funds for the treatment of critically ill under-privileged children.

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As the evening opened to the guests, the star CEOs, who until a while back were in their casual outfits at the rehearsal, now entered looking dapper – some in crisp formals and others in their performance costumes – ready to conquer the evening and the hearts of the audience with their singing prowess. The very first performance lit up the stage and got the audience up on their feet, clapping and humming the song. The show began with Vinit Store – CEO, Quadron Business Park Pvt Ltd who performed a duet with his son, followed by another duet performance by P Balaji – Director Regulatory & External Affairs, Vodafone India Ltd and his daughter Nikita. V Vaidyanathan – Chairman and MD, Capital First took the audience by surprise with his Elvis Presley costume and the hall not just resonated with his songs, but also with whistles and cheers. The duet performances also included some foot-tapping numbers performed by CEOs Dinesh Mirchandani and YM Deosthalee. After a spree of duets came solo performances where CEOs – Ashwin Deo, Pankajj Chaturvedi, Sanjay Tandon, Hitesh Gajaria and Geetu Verma – rolled out some peppy numbers, which the audience happily danced to. The visually dramatic and musically enthralling grand performance on Phantom of the Opera by by Mehmood Curmally – MD, Rhythm House and his partner, Sanaya gave a perfect finishing stroke to the evening.

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A cause that brought CEOs together to celebrate and contribute was successful as the funds raised benefitted the treatment of 6 critically ill children who are now on their way to recovery. And what can be more gratifying than to know that the melodious songs that entertained the audience that evening brought sweet smiles on the faces of little children and their families…

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Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival: Striking chords to save lives

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Crisp mountain air caressing your face, a breathtaking vista where puffs of clouds play hide-and-seek, and riffs and beats of sweet ‘n’ sizzling renditions floating past you: This is what makes Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival magical, iconic and, increasingly, much-anticipated. Far away from the stress and worries of city life, the quaint, quiet town of Kasauli transforms into an idyll where the soul thrives on music, mountains, friendships, and most importantly, the joy of giving.

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Bigger, better than before
Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival 2015 was no different in that sense. And yet, in many other ways, it was much more than that. It was bigger, better and went far beyond—to support the medical treatment of 15 critically ill under-privileged children, more than ever before.

The Festival, now in its fourth year, hit huge highs that included a heady concoction of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Pop, Folk Fusion and Sufi, had a whopping attendance of more than 650 people—a housefull—and won tremendous media coverage.

Magical performances on day 1
Day 1 of the event dawned with bright sunshine and a buzzing of anticipation, which only heightened when Barefaced Liar took stage.
They gave a rocking opening to the festival, setting the tone with a high-energy performance.

Then came Sonam Kalra, who reached into the very soul of every person in the audience, making them look inside and be joyful for the opportunity to be there and listen to her soul-stirring voice.

From soothing, the atmosphere when to electrifying as Kutle Khan and his group took stage, giving them a taste of the desert at the top of a mountain. And as if that wasn’t enough, Sonam and Kutle embarked on a jugalbandi that will go down forever as a special moment in life for everyone who heard them.

Whirling Kalapas came next, keeping the excitement and the energy up. Their very special Monkey Dance actually had the audience jumping around like monkeys!

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The day ended with an electrifying performance by Swarathma, who took the excitement, the energy and the mood up to a crescendo. It was just the performance to end the day with, though nobody really wanted the day to end. What a Day 1 it was!

Day 2, and the rain couldn’t stop us!
The generous sun of day 1 hid behind angry clouds on day 2, and rain threatened to wash away the spirits of the music enthusiasts. But despite the downpour, the notes still soared high, the crowd still swayed and sang with the bands and above all, the purpose remained undefeated.

blog-img3In the day, before the day gave in to the excitement of the evening, there was a session of CEOs jamming. The session brought out hidden gems of talent and had everyone joining in, celebrating music, friendship and just a happy time together.

When the afternoon was washed with rain, the day 2 performances began indoors with Do Dost, which had the rain-soaked day brewing with an all new crisp enthusiasm and energy. Do Dost was an ensemble with Niren Chaudhary and Deepak Castellino, and they performed poems written by Niren’s daughter Aisha, who recently succumbed to an immune deficiency disorder and pulmonary fibrosis at the young age of 18 years. Aisha is an inspiration to everyone and her talent, spirit, optimism and sheer brilliance shined through every word her father sang. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room, and yet, there was a smile on every face. The audience joined in, celebrating Aisha’s life. Aisha’s memoir, My Little Epiphanies, is available here, and the proceeds go into the treatment of GF Kids.

And then it looked like the rain gods were letting up, and the stage was set again for the evening. The Supersonics took no time in getting the audience up and dancing, and ended their performance with a really unique version of Raghupati Raghav. AkshayDeodhar was next, getting people on their feet and dancing along.

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The Disparrows came next, upping the ante with some rocking numbers. Coming all the way from the US, The Disparrows chose the Kasauli Festival for their debut performance in India, and what a show they put up, braving the rain as it came down again.

When it looked like the rain was there to stay, the show was moved in again, with Vasu Dikshit of Swarathma setting up an impromptu performance as people settled in. Packed to the hilt, the hall inside Baikunth became the new venue as Suneeta Rao performed her famous Paree Hoon Main and Ab ke Baras. The rain was forgotten and the audience was swaying in no time.

Finally, Rabbi Shergill took stage and the hall reverberated to the tune of the audience singing along with him. Each number, each note hit the right chords, giving the festival a fitting finale and leaving everyone with a night to remember for a long, long time.

So long, and thanks for all the memories
On Day 3, the brunch at the Kasauli Club came with a serving of army bands performing lilting tunes that everyone joined in. And just like that, it was time to leave the mountain and music behind, and set course for home. But this time, with memories that will keep bringing back a smile—a weekend well spent, a chance to make a difference. The euphoria, the spirit and the level of participation, despite the rain, made this year’s festival one to remember and cherish for a long time.

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A ‘trendy’ festival
This edition was the first time where the noise of Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival resounded across social media channels, which got in huge participation through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. The online contests supported by our sponsors and the bands helped in increasing the reach so much so that #KasauliRnB trended at no. 3 on day 1!

The festival was abuzz with a photos, with not just a selfie mania, but also with Samsung sharing framed photos taken with their new S6 and and GF photo stall capturing memories in a frame as well.
Also, to bring together as many people for the cause that the foundation supports, Genesis Foundation launched an app – GF Live (downloadable on iOS and android) through which one can have easy access to all the information and activities of the Foundation. You can download the app here.

You can catch all the updates, photos and videos here.

Making a BIG difference
The extravaganza and the entertainment at the event was unparalleled, but the most gratifying feeling that came along with its success was the fact that 15 little, under-privileged kids suffering from cardiac disorder, thalassemia, cancer and deformity; the cost of the treatment of which is prohibitive, would receive the medical care that their families could not have afforded. You can read more about the children here.

The two days of the festival at Baikunth Resorts, followed by an afternoon brunch had generous donors and musicians come together to Give Life a Chance. And with this festival, the chord that struck the loudest was that where there is a good deed involved, neither hail nor high water could seep in to dampen the spirits…

Get all the action of Kasauli Rhythm & Blues Festival 2015 here.

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Fight against childhood cancer can be heart-breaking, but YOU can make a difference

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World Cancer Day: Every year it comes as a reminder—those who live with it obviously don’t need a reminder—but for those who can make a difference. The reminder is important, because most of the time we don’t realise the enormity of the problem. And when we miss that, we also miss the opportunity to do our bit to join the battle against cancer. What is tragic is when we miss the opportunity to help those who could have been saved, had help reached them at the right time.

According to reports by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the incidence of cancer in general and in children in particular is on the rise. In India, from being the eighth or ninth cause of mortality (among diseases), it has risen to the second position, just behind heart ailments. Among these, 15 percent are children, as against the global average of 0.5 percent. And most doctors will tell you that most of the childhood cancers are treatable.

What does that mean? It means that the fight needs more soldiers. It needs us all—doctors, hospitals, people with funds, pharma companies, corporates, civil society—to work together against this increasingly common and unfailingly vicious enemy.

That is why Genesis Foundation chose cancer as one of the critical illnesses to focus our efforts on. What we find most heart-breaking is when the only reason a child loses his or her battle against cancer is that the parents don’t have the funds for the treatment. It is the most helpless situation for a parent to know that their child can be saved, but they don’t have the means to save them.

Over the years, Genesis Foundation has supported children suffering from cancer. These children come from all parts of India, from both, big cities as well as small towns. Most children meeting the Foundation’s criteria are usually found through partner organisations (significantly, orphanages and other NGOs) and medical camps. Often, though, it is the hospital themselves that reach out to the Foundation for support for the children that may have come there for treatment.

Once the child-in-need has been identified, the Foundation takes a two-pronged approach. On the one hand it releases funds to the hospital to meet the child’s immediate medical needs, and on the other hand, it prepares funds for consults with the child’s doctors for further treatment that may be necessary. Every small and big contribution helps. Journeys of several miles all begin with the first step. So it is critical for all of us to come forward and work together to support these children and their families.

The fight is tough and the soldiers too few, with heart-break lurking just around the corner at all times. That heart-break is what we are working to alleviate. We want YOUR help in making that happen. In some cases, we have been successful, and in others, we soldier on.

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When CEOs don chef hats for kids’ treatment

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What does doing good taste like? Succulent galauti kebabs with crisp parathas? A nourishing bowl of khao suey? Or maybe the sweet and tangy mix of crêpe suzette with berries? And what about the aroma? Does doing good smell like a dollop of butter sizzling in the pan as it waits to roast a clove of garlic? Or does it have the sharp flavours wafting from a Hunan grill?

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Saturday, February 7, 2015, gave us the answer to these questions—the smells and taste are all these and more. On this day, when the sun made an extra-special appearance to shoo away the winter blues, 11 CEOs traded their suits with aprons and chef hats. This was the 11th CEOs Cook for GF Kids, an event where CEOs get behind the counters to dish out a delectable spread and raise funds for critically ill children. At this one, there were 11 CEOs, spanning various industries, raising funds for 8 children who needed support. They displayed their flair for cuisines ranging from Mughlai to Burmese, French to Brazilian, Hunan to Italian.

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The invitees also included the who’s who of the corporate world, donating their time as well as money to fulfill the event’s aim. Together, the Celebrity Chefs, the invitees, the sponsor and the partners helped make the event a huge success, with funds covering the treatment of all 8 children.

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For everyone at the event, the fun, food and laughter were just one part of the story—it was these 8 children that mattered the most. Of these children, Preeti and Grebeally suffer from cancer, Daksh and Irfan are due for surgery to fix extreme deformities, while Arooh, Arnav, Subhi and Affan are all undergoing treatment and surgeries for cardiac disorders. Their treatments range from Rs 22,000 to over Rs 3 Lacs—costs that their parents and care-givers simply cannot afford. Through the day it was the thought of these children that made everything a lot more meaningful and satisfying.

Even as the Celebrity Chefs indulged their culinary flair, the invitees tapped their feet to live music played by Melvyn Fernandez, Pragnya Wakhlu and Akshay Deodhar, with impromptu performances by those in the audience as the day progressed.

The day was filled with fun, laughter, conversations, delectable food and just the sheer spirit of the cause. At the back of everyone’s minds was a realisation that there were 8 lives that we made a difference in. The glow that emanated at the end of the day was a testimony to that.

To view the highlights of CEOs Cook for GF Kids, February 7th 2015, Gurgaon, click here

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A Satisfying Year Past, An Exciting Year Ahead

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A year ends and another begins. Milestones like this are occasions for us to reflect on and evaluate our actions. A look back at 2014 gives us at Genesis Foundation both a reason to be satisfied as well as a reason to push ourselves further in the New Year.

Crossing a milestone, making a difference
At the core of our existence is a simple cause—Give Life A Chance. It is our endeavour to give children who are orphans or whose parents earn less than Rs 10,000, a fighting chance against critical illnesses. When these children fight against life-threatening conditions like cancer, thalassemia, cardiac disorders, organ transplants, and extreme deformities, it doesn’t just mean one surgery or one course of medicine. It means persistent medical support, sometimes repeat surgeries, lingering effects of strong medicines and a whole lot of moral support. In all our humble attempts, we realise that ‘treatment’ may seem a like a simple word, but it has a lot of weight attached to it. And therefore, it gives us a lot of satisfaction to realise that in 2014, we crossed the landmark of facilitating the treatment of 125 critically ill children. While the number drives us to do more, it is also a reminder that 125 is not just a statistic—it takes each individual child to make this number. Each child matters. Each child deserves a chance to live.

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In 2014, our focus was on creating more touchpoints and more ways for people to join us in our cause to support under-privileged children suffering from critical illnesses. Whether in the form of more and interesting events or in our outreach through communication, forging new partnerships with more NGOs and hospitals or creating new ways for supporting corporates with their CSR initiatives, we concentrated our efforts giving more people a chance to connect with us and contribute to the cause.

Events that touched a chord
It was a year when our fund-raising events touched a high, with new, unique formats being introduced. Our focus has always been on participative events, where people enjoy even as they find satisfaction in contributing to a cause. After the success of our CEOs Cook for GF Kids and CEOs Sing for GF Kids events, we realized that the talent in the boardroom was quite varied and needed more outlets.

Pankaj Chaturvedi, Executive Director and CEO, Rich Graviss Products, says, “Helping the children by taking the time and adding to the thoughtful touches initiated by Genesis, makes me feel worthy. I feel privileged to be a part of this noble cause and would like to extend my full support to Genesis Foundation’s event which aims to raise funds and create awareness about it.”

We tied up with one of the most popular entertainment platforms—FremantleMedia’s Got Talent format—and from that was born CEO’s Got Talent. CEO’s Got Talent debuted in Mumbai with all the glamour and the scale that all the Got Talent franchises come with, along with the support of Colors TV. The Mumbai show was a huge success and the year saw another blockbuster event in Delhi as well.

Mehmood Curmally, Managing Director, Rhythm House, agrees, “Music has been my life, both professionally and personally, as a means of livelihood, a family tradition and a passion. What more can I ask for if what I am so closely associated with, can help alleviate a child’s suffering. Hope this just keeps getter bigger and bigger, so we can together help those in dire need.”

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The music festivals organised by the Foundation climbed new levels as well. While the second edition of Genesis Foundation’s JadhavGadh Music Festival saw the event making more place for itself in people’s hearts, Genesis Foundation’s Kasauli Rhythm and Blues Festival saw the third edition elevate it to a cult level. So much so that it featured in the list of top 25 Groovy Music Festivals in India Worth Travelling To by thrillophilia.com.

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Partnering in CSR initiatives
The year saw the Foundation take big strides in partnering with organisations in their attempts to become more responsible corporate citizens. Early in 2014, the Companies Act 2013 was notified and as companies take their decisions on how to integrate community efforts into their business models, we are ready to support them every step of the way. Our Power of 100 initiatives saw more people add it to their payroll programme, while we also introduced the concept of specific CSR projects that companies can take on.

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Reaching out in many ways
One of the areas that saw the most traction for us was that of communications. Through our exceptional new film, the new website, more outreach on social channels and media, and visual storytelling, we reached out to more people. For us, effective communication means more people know about the children in need and more people take the decision to join the cause.

It was a year when we forged more partnerships and made several new friends. A BIG thanks to all those who have supported us thus far—it is because of you that more than 560 children have a chance at life.

In 2014, we touched more lives and made more efforts to save more lives. And this year, we are going to do a whole lot more. Watch this space for more.
Have a great 2015 and hope to see you with us!

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Two lives hanging in balance

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It was on Sunday, 16th November, 2014 in Bangalore, when Bindu’s parents, Mallikarjuna (28) and Shilpa (25), called out for her to go to the temple with them, the 7-year-old was very excited to go for an outing. Destiny, however, had other plans for them.

Residents of Devarachikkanhalli, Bangalore, the family set out on a two-wheeler. Soon on the way, a speeding car came and sent the two-wheeler along with the family hurtling down. Bindu’s father, Mallikarjuna, succumbed to his injuries and died on the spot. Bindu and her mother Shilpa were left with severe injuries.

Bindu and Shilpa were then taken to RL Jalappa Hospital in Kolar and received first aid. However, their condition was critical and they had to be shifted to the ICU of HOSMAT Hospital in Bangalore. According to Dr Thomas Chandy, Chairman and Chief of Orthopaedics, HOSMAT Hospital, Bindu had sustained serious injuries – crush injury of the left forearm, displaced fracture of left thigh bone, broken heel bone and loss of flesh on the heel. She also had cuts on her face. The crushing of her left forearm was so bad that in order to save her life, it had to be amputated as gangrene and blood poisoning would have taken its course and endangered Bindu’s life.

Several surgeries will be required to fix, heal and reconstruct the damage done to her little body. Once the surgeries are done, Bindu will be fitted with artificial arm prosthesis, to be able to use her left arm again. The cost of her treatment, surgeries and prostheses will be in the range of Rs 5 lacs or so.
Bindu was in a coma and was put on a ventilator. The good news is that the little brave fighter is now wide awake and breathing without any external support.

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GF Kids’ Day Out: Million-watt smiles and a whole lot of hope

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They say when a child smiles, the sun shines a little brighter. Little wonder then, that December 6, 2014 was a brighter-than-usual day. It was a day filled with joy, hope, laughter and lots of treats. It was Genesis Foundation’s Kids’ Day Out.

Every year, Genesis Foundation hosts GF Kids’ Day Out at this time, to mark the festive season. Inviting our NGO partners to bring their children, we plan a day for kids to enjoy, express, eat to their hearts’ fill and of course go back with treats and gifts.

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This year’s GF Kids’ Day out had all the right ingredients—a painting competition, a magic show, Bollywood Riju Thomas and Jishnu, yummy treats and of course, Christmas gifts. Other that all that was organised for the kids, it was actually their own performances that won everyone’s hearts.

They were awed and tickled by the magic show, following the magician long after he had run out of his tricks. They poured their dreams and aspirations on the canvas and filled it up with colours of life. When the music started, the kids just sang and danced with abandon. Some of them could not hear the music, but they danced to the rhythm of their heart. Others, undergoing chemotherapy to battle cancer, didn’t get deterred by their challenges and pulled everyone into their world of hope, smiles and optimism. There was not one person left untouched by the infectious joy that each child emanated. Truly inspiring to everyone there.

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The festive season doesn’t end, but actually begins with the picnic. Through the month of December, there are several activities planned. A Christmas Tree has been put up by GF at Epicenter, Gurgaon and Christmas Carols will be sung by children from Missionaries of Charity – from 7 to 7.30 pm on Friday, December12, 2014 and by children of The Shelter from 6 to 6.30 pm on Saturday, December 20, 2014.

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CEO’s Got Talent, Delhi 2014: A Celebration of Passion, Talent and the Joy of Giving

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In the chaos of everyday life, especially when you are leading a company, anything that doesn’t have to do with work gets buried over time. Passions that we grow up with, talents that in our childhood we spent hours honing, all fall by the wayside when we set sights at the top of the ladder.

On the evening of November 15, 2014 at the Taj Palace in New Delhi, however, eight people stepped up to prove all this wrong. These were eight leaders showcasing their very varied talents—from singing and dancing to photography and poetry, flute performance to standup comedy—at FremantleMedia’s CEO’s Got Talent. And at the heart of all this, a cause that united all—life-saving treatment for children suffering from critical illnesses, facilitated by Genesis Foundation.

An emotional reminder
While the evening began with introductions and opening remarks by the judges, the sponsors and Anupama Mandloi of FremantleMedia India, it was when the Genesis Foundation film came up on the screens that a hush came down in the hall. As it happens every time, there was no eye left dry by the end of the film. In her remarks, Prema Sagar, Founder Trustee, Genesis Foundation, reinforced the need for all of us to step and just take the lead if we want to make a difference in these children’s lives.

Then began the performances. Assessing the performances was an eminent jury panel that included renowned filmmaker, Mahesh Bhatt; CEO, Colours, Raj Nayak and model and actor, Neha Dhupia. In true ‘Got Talent’ style, the performers came up one by one to present their act and the judges had the option to either watch the entire act, if they like it, or press the buzzer. Of course, the level of talent that was present in the room ensured that the dreaded buzzer was left untouched. Host Mini Mathur played a pivotal role in not just anchoring the show but also making sure that each performer felt at home on the stage.

Riveting performances
The talent on display was one better than the other. Krishnan Chatterjee, Senior Vice President and Global Head, Strategic Marketing, HCL Technologies was the first to perform. His rock performance set the mood for the evening. His energy reverberated with the audience such that some got off their seats to dance to his songs.

Radhika Singh, who has held senior leadership positions in several organisations including IBM, GE Capital and Bank of America, shared some moments of her life and that of the evening captured through her lens, while Ranjan Chopra, Managing Director, Team Computers, played ‘Vande Mataram’ on the saxophone. Colonel Chandoke, Chief Operating Officer at Victorinox India, took us back to the oldies by singing some numbers from old Hindi films. Shivani Wazir Pasrich, Founder & CEO, SWP Productions, gave the last punch to the show with her fusion dance performance.

It isn’t easy to tickle a hall full of people, but Amit Tandon, Managing Director & CEO – Empyrean Partners, performed a stand-up act, which won him roars of laughter. While he shared jokes from his personal life, his dig at the cultural variance of India struck an immediate connection with the audience and won him the Second Runner-up award.

Muktesh Chander, Special Commissioner in Delhi Police, left the audience as well as the judges astounded with the tunes of his flute. Everyone, including the judges, swayed and clapped with the tunes of popular Hindi film numbers that resounded in the hall. Known to be a tough cop, Muktesh Chander wasn’t devoid of a sense of humour, which won him applaud from the audience during his brief chat with anchor Mini Mathur. The audience especially was more than impressed as he was not only the First Runner-up of the show, but was also voted by them as the WOW Performer of the evening.

“This, according to me, has been my best stage performance ever and this is the best stage where I have ever performed. I decided to perform here because through my talent, I would be able to help the underprivileged children of Genesis Foundation,” he expressed.

And the winner is…
The top spot, however, was reserved for a man of letters. It was the only performance to receive a standing ovation from all three judges for his soul-stirring shayari. It was the first time that Amar Raj Singh, Owner, Gamma Pizzakraft, India and Sri Lanka, bared his heart through his words that not only gave goosebumps to the audience, but also left the judges with moist eyes. Undoubtedly, declared Winner of the show, Amar Raj Singh shared a few lines on his win, “Jaane kya baat keh di is raat aapko maine – Lagta hai dil se dil ki rah mila di maine.” [I don’t know what it is I said to you tonight, but it seems to have led a straight line from my heart to yours.]

An auction for a cause
Bringing the focus back on the children that Genesis Foundation supports, there was an auction of a painting donated by a renowned artist, Satish Gupta. Satish is one of the most multifaceted artists in India today. He is a painter, sculptor, poet, printmaker, skilled draftsman, muralist, designer, calligrapher and ceramist.
For the auction at CEO’s Got Talent, Satish contributed his painting Ganesha from his Cosmic Matrix series. The auction was conducted by Agnelorajesh Athaide along with anchor, Mini Mathur. The proceeds from the auction will go to Genesis Foundation to support the treatment of critically ill under-privileged children.

With this, the exciting evening came to a close, leaving behind a lingering sense of an evening well spent, both, from an entertainment viewpoint as well as from the satisfaction

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Satish Gupta: An artist with a heart of gold

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Ganesha sculptureThere is an age-old argument—does art imitate life or does life imitate art. Whichever side of the argument you are on, there is no denying how intricately the two are linked. But when art leads to saving lives, this relationship takes on a whole new meaning. This is what happened when internationally renowned artist Satish Gupta donated his painting Ganesha for an auction to benefit the children supported by Genesis Foundation. It is because of his generosity that some of the GF kids will get a chance at life.

GarudaThe auction was held during the recently held FremantleMedia’s CEO’s Got Talent in New Delhi. The beneficiary of the event was Genesis Foundation and the proceeds of the event and the auction are going into the treatment of critically ill children from underprivileged backgrounds. Even as the CEOs competed for the coveted top spot during the contest, the evening was replete with reminders of the cause and it all came to the fore during the auction.

Ganesha, the painting Satish donated, is part of his Cosmic Matrix series. The series is another showcase of the influence of mysticism and Zen philosophy on Satish’s work. In his extremely multi-faceted artistic expression (he is a painter, sculptor, poet, writer, printmaker, skilled draftsman, muralist, designer, calligrapher and ceramicist) the unifying theme is his intensely spiritual reflection.

Lotus SutraAn artist with more than 33 solo shows, Satish’s artworks have adorned important art galleries in India and abroad. These include shows in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Calcutta, London, Paris, Altea, Murcia, Amsterdam, San Francisco, New York, Washington and Melbourne. He has also participated in several group exhibitions across the world.

Vishnu2Besides exhibitions, Satish’s artworks can also be viewed at some of the most iconic buildings and establishments. The Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi is the venue of his Surya sculpture—4 feet high and made of copper. The Jindal Centre, again in New Delhi, houses a 10,000 kg, five-piece sculpture made by him and inspired by the five elements. The ISHA Foundation in Coimbatore is home to the Utsav Murti of the Goddess Devi. He has created a lithograph as part of the official Beijing Olympic Portfolio as the only Indian artist.

Vishnu3Aside from spiritual themes, Satish also paints portraits, landscapes as well abstracts. His The Eyes of Thar is a series accompanied by a book and published by Mapin. The set is a collectors’ delight for sure.

Painting_11Satish is a prolific writer, expressing his views and emotions in prose as well as poetry. Haikus, essays, articles in the press—Satish’s literary expression is as thought-provoking and inspiring as his art.

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Musical route to saving little lives: Genesis Foundation’s JadhavGADH Music Festival 2014

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A little less than an hour out of Pune, ensconced in post-monsoon lush hills, exuding historic charm, Fort JadhavGADH has everything you would need for a rejuvenating weekend. Add music and a chance to give back to society, and you have a mix that re-energises you body, mind and soul.

10689773_10154658071565599_5287416654642687275_nThe second edition of Genesis Foundation’s JadhavGADH Music Festival had all this and more. The weather gods smiled as the hailstorm of the previous days was forgotten and the sun shone on the festivities at the Fort. After all, the Festival had a worthy aim—to raise financial support for the medical treatment of 10 critically ill children. This noble cause brought 200 people and 5 fantastic brands together for an evening that was not just magical, but transcendental because of the way everyone came forward to do their bit—the bands, the audience, the sponsors, the organisers and of course, the GF team.

10653544_10154658071335599_6408684197455237383_nAfter rigorous sound checks and tune-ups, the evening was kicked off by GeetuHinduja. Someone who believes that music should be a celebration for life, GeetuHinduja is a Mumbai-based singer/songwriter, who has been performing for over two decades. With her guitar, Geetu’s songs tell vivid and evocative stories picked from experiences and inspirations from life.From soulful to foot tapping, Geetu set the mood for the evening. From Hope and Shivoham to a cover of Boots are Made for Walking, Geetu took the audience through a rollercoaster of emotions, giving the evening just the perfect start.

Setting the stage on fire from get-go, AtulAhuja was next. He got people up and excited with classic rock covers, including I Feel Good, Soul Man and Where the Streets Have No Name, among others. This was one high-octane performance that had everyone clapping and singing along.

10671294_10154658070945599_1948736055722272199_nFrom classic rock to Indian folk/fusion—Swarathmacame next, giving the audience yet another reason to sway, tap their feet and even jump in abandon. Starting with their hit Topiwalleh, followed by the super soulful Sur Mera, Swarathma drew the audience in and then let loose some high-energy numbers, including Koorane, which brought out the animal spirit in everyone.

Taking a funk and EDM turn, Shaair n Func changed the mood again, turning the venue into a dance floor. Known as one of the most fascinating musical duos in alternative and electronic music genre, Shaai’r and Func is a Mumbai-based music band that was formed in 2007.

10334382_10154658069705599_4192419796298585606_nBringing the evening to a close—and what a close!—were Parikrama, who gave yet another power-packed performance. Kicking off with Am I Dreaming, they played crowd favourites, including Vaporize and Xerox, and closing the night with Whiskey Blues.

As night fell, the audience walked away with the satisfaction that it was an evening well spent. There would be 10 smiling faces that would agree with them.

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