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October 7, 1999
'Gandhi' To Raise Money At Stanford
R S Shankar in Palo Alto
A charity show of Mahatma Vs Gandhi, a play directed by Feroz Khan, will help the Rejuvenate India Movement.
The play, being staged in more than a dozen American cities, will debut in the Bay Area on October 16 at the Stanford University Memorial Auditorium, at 8 pm.
It is presented to Bay Area audiences by Indians For Collective Action for the benefit of the RIM.
Scores of Indians from all walks of life, including volunteers from various well-known non-profit groups including ASHA, India Literacy Project, Association for India Development, the ICA and many other groups have stepped in to aid the cause.
Initiated in April 1999 by Dr B V Parameswara Rao, a social entrepreneur from India, RIM has, over the past months, held meetings in over 30 cities across the US, from New York to Silicon Valley. This culminated in RIM's first national meeting at Ganges, MI, from Aug 21-23, attended by about 100 NRIs.
"The need of the hour is a positive intervention by educated and concerned Indians everywhere -- both within and outside India -- at a national level in the form of a people's movement," says Dr Parmeswara Rao.
With an agenda to inspire and motivate NRIs to contribute "one minute an hour" or "24 minutes a day" to catalyze a change in India, Rao believes that the movement has very reasonable goals.
Rao, who returned to India after obtaining his Ph.D. from Penn State in 1967, is directly involved in village development, and also coordinating "Literacy for All" activities of several NGOs across India.
Referring to the growth and popularity of the RIM, Srikanth Nadhamuni, one of the West Coast coordinators of RIM and president of ICA says, "RIM is a natural result of the frustration felt by many Indians who have long-awaited for a coordinated effort to effect serious change in India."
Tickets for the play cost $ 15 for students/seniors ;$ 25 (general) ; $ 60 (reserved) and $ 75 (VIP).
For more information about Rejuvenate India Movement, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit http://www.indiatogether.org/im.
You can buy tickets directly over the web or contact
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