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A 90’s child from India will remember the magic Falguni Pathak created when she got behind the mic to sing. She first shot to fame with her hit musical ‘Chudi Jo Khanke’ and followed up with blockbusters like ‘Maine Payal Hai Chankayi’, ‘Yaad Piya ki Aane Lagi’, and ‘O Piya.’ Her popularity was off the charts, but she truly became a household name with her shows during the nine days of the Navratri festival in India. A humble beginning as the support singer in a choir, she is now the most sought-after performer at these events. Popularly known as the Dandia Queen, Falguni hails from the western state of Gujarat, known for folk music, culture and vibrant colors. She brings the same tenets to her performances. Though she believes folk music is the soul, she surprises audiences with unusual mix of famous Bollywood numbers and regional songs. Her charisma onstage is unmatched, her music makes the audience groove into the wee hours of the night.

This year, two stalwarts in their respective fields are coming together to give the audience a night to remember. Sankara Eye Foundation (SEF) is bringing Falguni Pathak for two of the three Dandia events this year at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The third event will feature acclaimed musicians from L.A., Preetysha and Sameer, who have performed for SEF for more than a decade. SEF is known for organizing successful events that provide exemplary experience to the attendees. A sold-out event for the last 14 years, every care is taken to make sure patrons leave with an unforgettable experience. Free Garba/Dandia lessons are provided at the venue, a separate area for children to enjoy, free check-in of Dandia sticks while Garba is on, are among the many things the organization does to leave the audience wanting more. Join the Dandia Queen and SEF on Oct. 5th and 6th at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Preetysha and Sameer on Oct 13th and Oct. 20th in Pleasanton at the Pleasanton Middle School Gym, to celebrate Navratri and contribute to the noble cause of eradicating curable blindness.

Established in the Bay Area, SEF is a nonprofit organization that has been working for the past 20 years for the cause of eradicating curable blindness in India. Driven by the truly inspirational vision of eradicating curable blindness in India, SEF currently has 9 super specialty hospitals and is working on three new hospitals- in Hyderabad, Indore and Mumbai. By far a unique and remarkable characteristic of SEF is that they provide free eye care for those unable to afford it, the rural poor. These account for 80 percent—which is approximately 150,000 people per year—of the surgeries performed at their hospitals. The tireless efforts by the SEF team since inception has enabled over 1.78 million people to receive the gift of vision, absolutely free of cost. The organization has maintained the top rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Become a Founding Donor and leave a legacy – get your or your loved ones’ name on the Wall of Founders. Double the impact of your gift with company matching. Join the cause, volunteer, and share in the joy of bringing light to someone’s eyes.

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Photo credit: SEF