MEDIA ADVISORY for Saturday, November 9, 2019: Third Annual “Future of India” Gala Seeks to Establish 100,000 Schools in Rural India

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WHO: Vivek Oberoi, Indian Cinema Superstar and Philanthropist
Shibani Kashyap, Indian Singer
Raju Reddy, Entrepreneur and Investor, and Guest Speaker, Future of India Gala
Ragy Thomas, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sprinklr, and Guest Speaker, Future of India Gala
Mohan Wanchoo, Chairman and CEO, EC Infosystems and Chair, “The Future of India” Gala
Ranjani Saigal, Executive Director, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation

WHAT: Ekal Vidyalaya is hosting its third annual “The Future of India” Gala. The event will raise money in support of Ekal’s mission to provide free education to the children of rural India. This year, Ekal is looking to establish 100,000 schools in an effort to reach more children.

Ekal seeks to bring as many one-teacher classrooms to the rural and tribal areas of India and bring educational opportunities to the children who live there. According to the organization, only 67.8% of children in rural India know how to read and write — far below the world’s literacy rate of 84%. Ekal teaches more than 2.7 million children each year.

Guest speakers include Raju Reddy, an entrepreneur and investor who founded his first company, Sierra Atlantic, before it was acquired by Hitachi, and Ragy Thomas, the Founder and CEO of Sprinklr. There will be a musical performance from Bollywood singer Shibani Kashyap. Special guest will be Vivek Oberoi, Indian Cinema Superstar and Philanthropist.

WHEN: Saturday, November 9
6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

WHERE: Gotham Hall
1356 Broadway (at 36th Street)
New York, NY

DIRECTIONS: LIE to Queens Midtown Tunnel. After exiting tunnel, use the right three lanes to take the Downtown exit. Stay left and follow signs for 37th Street. Merge onto E. 37th Street. After 0.7 mile, make a left onto Broadway. Gotham Hall will be on the left-hand side.

PHOTO OPS: Ms. Saigal and Mr. Wanchoo giving introductory remarks. Ms. Kashyap performing for the attendees. Mr. Reddy, Mr. Thomas and Mr. Oberoi speaking before the attendees.