Enable’s Winter Manmohini 2016 event on February 27, featuring dance performances by Satrangi School of Fusion, surpassed expectations. Turnout was the largest for any event Enable has hosted, with nearly 500 guests and dancers present. VIP guests included The Honorable Upendra Chivukula, commissioner of the state Board of Public Utilities and former assemblyman; Sunil Modi, president of the Association of Indians in America, New York Chapter; Gulshan Chabra, Holiday Inn, Clinton; Nutan Kalamdani, AWESOME TV; Toni Ricigliano, former mayor of Edison; and others. Sanjiv Pandya, general manager of Radio Chai, served as master of ceremonies with Shashi Airi, Enable board member and event chair.
The evening began with a bazaar featuring unique vendors and tasty cuisine from Dimple’s Bombay Talk restaurant. A spectacular Bollywood performance by Satrangi School of Fusion followed. The impressive dancing and sparkling ornate costumes captivated everyone’s attention.
Enable is pleased to have partnered with Satrangi. The event embodied the shared values of our two organizations. We both deliver programs and services that make it possible for people with disabilities and seniors to participate in community life. We believe in fostering self-expression through dance and the arts; the freedom to remain in their own homes; and the dignity of choice and self-determination.
Rohheet Baxi founded and directs Satrangi, which is known for its high voltage traditional Indian and Bollywood fusion dance. When he was 10 years old, he lost a leg to cancer. Now, through his nonprofit Dance With Wings, he provides free dance lessons to children with autism, Down syndrome, and developmental disabilities. Through dance, they express their happiness, exuberance, joy, and energy. Pratik Gudimella, a performer at the Enable fundraiser who has autism, has studied for more than two years with Baxi and received a huge ovation.
All proceeds from Winter Manmohini 2016 benefit Enable’s services, which make it possible for people with disabilities and seniors to live independently in the community. Enable is grateful for the many supporters and particularly to our sponsors: The Association of Indians in America, New York Chapter; Sridhar Chengad; Diamond Dental Studio; Holiday Inn, Clinton, NJ; Raj Auto Center; Star Pediatric Dentistry; AVS TV; and TV Asia/Radio Chai. Special thanks to additional media sponsors Awesome TV and ZEE TV and the committee who managed the event: Shashi Airi, Sunita Arya, Cecilia Birge, Frances Chaves, Prasna Danidani, Lisa Jordan, Nutan Kalamdani, Kathy Patrick, Linda Reilly, Nima Shah, Robyn Steinman, and Amy Weaver.
Sharon J.B. Copeland, MSW, LSW
CEO, Enable Inc.