Nargis Fakhri at the Nokia Lumia & KWAN W.E. Rock Concert
It was an evening that celebrated the power of womanhood in style – The Nokia Lumia & KWAN W.E Rock Concert for Women’s Empowerment in association with Hard Rock Café, Mumbai saw a very successful turnout last evening. Playing host to the party-loving crowd was the host for the evening, the feisty, stunning and energetic Nargis Fakhri. This fundraiser, held in aid of Akshara Centre, was put together by KWAN, India’s premier talent management agency in association with Hard Rock Café and Radio One, India’s only international music radio station, and powered by youth music channel MTV. Nokia Lumia, the new range of smartphones from Nokia was the presenting sponsor.
This is the second year for this initiative, undertaken by KWAN to support the Empowering Dreams Programme for women that Akshara has pioneered in order to educate 100 underprivileged girls in Mumbai. Supporting a social cause and having fun while doing it were the two key aspects of this event with a twist.
Nargis Fakhri played perfect host and spoke passionately about women’s empowerment as a cause close to her heart. Personally aiding in the fundraising and mingling with the guests, she was the epitome of inspiration and empowerment. The concert featured the genre-bending, visionary composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist Karsh Kale as the headlining act in collaboration with singing sensations Shilpa Rao, Shruti Pathak, Apeksha Dandekar and Monali Thakur and jazz singer Shefali Alvares. One of the surprise acts last evening was actor Sarah Jane Dias who sang and performed for a live crowd for the very first time. The set she performed was quite a hit and enjoyed by most attendees.
The other attendees included patrons and clients of KWAN like actor Rajat Barmecha, Sonal Chauhan, Shazahn Padamsee along with singer and actor Meiyang Chang. Shibani and Anusha Dandekar came in to support their sister Apeksha. Stand up comedians Tanmay Bhat and Rohan Joshi welcomed everyone with a small rib tickling stand up act which was another surprise package for the attendees.
As a run up to the fundraiser, Nokia also hosted an auction of their Nokia Lumia 800 online wherein 100 percent proceeds of the auction went to Akshara’s Empowering Dreams programme. The bidder got a chance to meet Nargis Fakhri at the concert who handed over the phone to him and thanked him for contributing to Akshara’s cause.
The night ended with a double high of creating awareness about Akshara Centre and raising a large chunk of funds for a great cause. The celebrities and guests contributed to the cause in their own special way and showed very graciously how big their hearts were. All in all, a very fun and successful endeavour!