Posted on April 29, 2014 at 4:08 am

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Nanubhai Foundation to celebrate 10 years!

IIFAs may be over, but there are plenty more events to keep you all engaged and entertained.  If you’re in NYC on May 16th, an event you should look forward to is The Nanubhai Education Foundation Gala, which is celebrates the charity’s 10th Anniversary!  The gala will celebrate 10 years of the organization’s commitment to transforming public education in rural India.  The event always attracts South Asian celebrities, and this year will be no different.  The star studded gala will take place at the elegant multi-level space, Studio 404 in Manhattan. Sakina Jaffrey from the Primetime Emmy Award nominated original series, “House of Cards“, will add extra star power to the night.


Spokesman for Nanubhai Education Foundation, Actor Manish Dayal, known for his role as Raj Kher, in The CW series “90210” will also be attending the NEF gala. Dayal has made big news for his upcoming leading role as Hassan Kadam in the DreamWorks Studios film adaptation of The Hundred-Foot Journey (based on the NY Times best-selling novel by Richard C. Morais) directed by Lasse Hallström and produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake.  The film also stars Helen Mirren, Om Puri and Juhi Chawla. The film is set to release later this year.

Speaking about the organization, Dayal shared:

“Nanubhai Education Foundation’s impact on education throughout India grows each year because of our committed donors.  Collectively, we’ve broken ground, but still have far to go as an organization.  Our annual fundraiser is an opportunity to be directly in touch with our contributors, and this year we hope to grow that list so we can increase the size of our scholarship fund as well as the number of English speaking students.  We must do our part and raise the standards of education by promoting a sustainable future for our students abroad”

The annual gala will be an exciting evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, music, dancing and much more. Guests can look forward to DJ REKHA, the queen of bhangra, famously known for her Basement Bhangra events in NYC to be spinning throughout the evening.  The gala is the primary source to raise funds for the Nanubhai Education Foundation’s Scholars and Residential Teaching Fellows Programs, which focus on awarding college scholarships to girls from financially vulnerable families in rural India and building English speaking skills for students in rural boarding schools through native English speakers, respectively.

Mr. Raj Shah, Founder and President of the Nanubhai Education Foundation, added,

“Nanubhai has transformed countless lives, that of students in India as well as our team of volunteers and teachers.  I’m so proud of what our amazing team has accomplished over the past decade – through their tireless efforts Nanubhai has built a lasting force for change.  I look forward to another decade of service and transformation.”

Tickets are available online at and a portion of the ticket price will be tax-deductible. Additional information and announcements can also be found on the website.

Nanubhai welcomes sponsorship opportunities to ensure the success of the annual gala. Current supporters include Neerja Public Relations, Spotlight Studio, 1000 Words Studio, Wine 34, Diageo, and Glamorous Event Planners.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, please contact Nita at