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AID Haiti and India Johns Hopkins Diwali Concert

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Dear all,

This year we Association for India's Development ( at Johns Hopkins will host Diwali in a unique way. We are raising funds for Organic Farming and Environment protection in India. More detailed information ... More info can be found at concert web page . Part of the proceeds will go towards Haiti reconstruction. The recent cholera outbreak has proven that Haiti still needs our help. So if you feel we are doing a noble work then please join us for a wonderful night of Diwali. AID is a non religious organization and we are using the word Diwali because it symbolizes world peace, harmony, cleanliness and so many things.

Dear Friends,

Please join AID-JHU in celebrating a spectacular Diwali with:

AID Diwali Concert 2010

The funds raised from the concert will go towards grassroots
projects supported by AID, and part of the proceedings will
also go towards JHU Haiti Aid Coalition.

We will bring you two very distinct and talented musical
groups: Raagapella, one of the best Hindi A Capella groups
around, and Band of Brothers, an up and coming band playing
contemporary pop music who have received extensive coverage in
the local music scene (check out their video at YoBiSing: (

Here are the event details:

Location: Shriver Hall, JHU Homewood Campus, 3400 N Charles
Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Date & Time: November 6th (Diwali), 6-8pm.
Tickets: Please visit our concert web page for
rates and for online booking.
Why? Because you don't want to miss this if you enjoy music/
interacting with the student community outside Hopkins/ being a
part of meaningful social change.

You can contact us at[masked] (or) [masked] if
you want more details/buy tickets in cash.

A brief look at the bands:

1. Raagapella is Stanford University's all-male South Asian
focus a cappella group. Two-time winners of the National South
Asian A Cappella Championship, the group has also received
critical acclaim for its debut album Raags to Riches, and
performed alongside composer A.R. Rahman and other stars of
Indian film music. http://www.stanford.e... (

2. Band of Brothers are, well, a band of brothers: Daniel, Luke
and Michael Roberts. They have played extensively in and around
Maryland and have a dedicated fan base based in UMBC. Recently,
Luke won the second season of YobiSing, an online vocal talent
contest. http://www.mybandofbr... (

Who we are:

AID-JHU is part of Association for India's Development spread
across 40 US cities and universities, comprising more than 1000
volunteers who are students and professionals. Some
achievements of AID are:

1) AID supported Arvind Kejriwal (NGO: Parivartan) who was a
crusader in Introducing the Right to Information Act in India.
Arvind is a AID Saathi, which means we support him financially
and logistically. We all know the how Right to Information has
empowered Indians to stand up to corruption in the Govt.
Information on Arvind and his work can be found at
http://saathi.aidindi... (

2) The movie Swades:We, the people is actually based on an AID
initiative (http://www.aidproject... (

3) Eureka Child project has provided quality educational
support for over a million students in 1000 Indian villages. (
http://www.eurekachil... (

4) AID responded within 12 hours of Tsunami in India that hit
Indian Ocean in 2005 for relief efforts.

Purpose of the concert:
Diwali is celebrated across India and the world as a symbol of victory for the peace and mutual harmony. Most Indian families clean and decorate their homes on this occasion. But the environment remains dirty, resulting from a lack of awareness and of facilities for recycling the garbage that is mercilessly thrown across the streets, lakes and rivers. We want to celebrate this Diwali in a unique way to help India overcome this difficult problem of effective waste disposal.
After extensive research on several NGO’s across India, Association for India’s Development found a man whose mission is to bring change in the way garbage is handled in India. His name is Srinivasan Chandrasekaran who has initiated the Zero Waste Management (ZWM) program. More info can be found at He has done extensive research in waste management and UNICEF has identified it as an ideal model to be implemented in India.
After support from AID, Srinivasan has established Zero waste management facility in several parts of the country and has been invited by some State government for talks to implement ZWM on large scale. But he still needs support to implement this project in few more cities to establish this model as fool proof and implementable.
Why should I be concerned about garbage thousands of miles away
from me?
Because we all live on the same planet and given the one
billion population of India, it is very important that India
recycle its garbage to help reduce its carbon footprint and
reduce Global Warming.
Proceeds from this concert will go towards AID and ZWM will be
the primary project we want to sponsor with this concert.
As a part of JHU Haiti Aid Coalition, part of the proceeding
will go towards reconstruction efforts in Haiti.
We hope to see you at the concert!

- The AID-JHU team.