· The Virtual Fundraiser To Support India In Its Fight Against Covid-19 featuring Gloria Estefan, Sting, Alicia Keys, Annie Lennox, Yoyo Ma, A. R. Rahman, Josh Groban, Aasif Mandvi, Andrea Bocelli, Matteo Bocelli, David Foster, Norwegian DJ Alan Walker, Pia Toscano, Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar, Zubin Mehta, Nishat Khan, Ranjani Gayatri Sisters, Neelesh Misra, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Fareed Zakaria, Anuradha Juju Palakurthi, Hollywood superstar Liam Neeson and Bollywood superstars Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha
· VAX.India.Now will be hosted by American Comedian, Hasan Minhaj
· An Anuradha Palakurthi Foundation, Juju Productions Initiative
Mumbai, July 7th, 2021: Bollywood Superstars Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Shabana Azmi, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha, Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar have come forward to support and participate in VAX.India.Now – a virtual music concert to be simulcasted on Colors Infinity and Comedy Central on July 8th, 2021 at 9 PM. The repeat telecast for the same will be on July 11th, 2021 at 9 PM.
An initiative by the Anuradha Palakurthi Foundation, VAX.India.Now is aimed at supporting India’s urgent vaccination drive to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The concert will feature Gloria Estefan, Sting, Alicia Keys, Annie Lennox, Yoyo Ma, A. R. Rahman, Josh Groban, Aasif Mandvi, Andrea Bocelli, Matteo Bocelli, David Foster, Norwegian DJ Alan Walker, Pia Toscano, Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar, Zubin Mehta, Nishat Khan, Ranjani Gayatri Sisters, Fareed Zakaria, Anuradha Juju Palakurthi, Hollywood superstar Liam Neeson and Bollywood superstars Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Shabana Azmi, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha.
Commenting on his association with VAX. India. Now Anil Kapoor said, “It gives me immense pleasure to associate with Vax.India.Now - an initiative by the Anuradha Palakurthi Foundation, and having the opportunity to contribute to the society through my talent. I believe this initiative is the need of the hour and shall help ramp up the vaccination drive in the coming weeks. During times like these, I urge one and all to extend their support towards this noble initiative and watch it on Comedy Central and Colors Infinity.”
“I am elated to be a part of the Anuradha Palakurthi Foundation’s noble initiative Vax.India.Now. To know I can be a part of this initiative where they help the nation fight COVID-19 through much-needed vaccination drives brings me immense pleasure. This is the payback opportunity for us since only us being together can defeat the virus. Watch us all extending a helping hand and supporting this fundraiser on Comedy Central and Colors Infinity”, added Katrina Kaif.
Speaking on the occasion, Anuradha Juju Palakurthi said, “Artists have catalyzed many social movements by driving participation and awareness. The VAX India Now team is honored to count some of the biggest hearts for support. Scientists estimate that Indian herd immunity kicks in with 600m more adult vaccinations. India has already demonstrated that it has the capacity to vaccinate 10m people a day. Strictly theoretically, this problem can be solved in 60 days. With concerted global citizen-ownership we can compress the actual time. The event is one of the many steps being taken worldwide by many organizations and individuals.”
Andre Timmins, Co-founder/Director Wizcraft also said, “India is currently going through one of the most devastating challenges of recent times. However, this year is not just about the huge numbers of people contracting the Covid-19 virus. The biggest challenge being faced is the vaccination requirement for a population of our size. We are very passionate and as people in a position to be able to do so, Wizcraft wanted to help do whatever it takes to help get more vaccines to our country and push out the vaccine drive across India as fast as possible. Therefore, we are so pleased to have come together with Juju Productions & The Giving Back Fund to help support their amazing initiative VAX India Now; to reach out across the world to help raise immediate funds and resources to bring vaccine equality in a place like India, where it is needed most. We need to fight this together, as one people, one world.”
Bappa.B.Lahiri commented, “The overall theme of the concert is typified by the anthem song – Hum Saath Hai, written by Neelesh Misra and composed by me. Anuradha Juju-ji’s soulful performance will highlight how small contributions can be amplified by Indian capacity & resilience. And why the whole world should support this global cause.”
The contributions made as part of the virtual fundraiser will be directed to carefully vetted charities, majorly operating in rural India.
Catch the VAX. India. Now as a simulcast on Comedy Central and Colors Infinity on 8th July, Thursday at 9 PM followed by a repeat telecast on 11th July, Sunday at 9 PM.
Vax.India.Now will be Globally Live Streamed by CNN and Dreamstage.live. The event is available for viewing on both vaxindianow.com and CNN’s YouTube channel at YouTube.com/CNN. More info at https://www.vaxindianow.
About Anuradha Palakurthi Foundation
Anuradha Palakurthi Foundation supports the promotion of Indian culture primarily in New England by providing financial support to programs, artists and organizers of events where Indian culture is performed/exhibited. Funds raised from events and performances will go to support carefully vetted public charities with an emphasis on charities aiding returning veterans. The Anuradha Palakurthi Foundation is a donor-advised fund at The Giving Back Fund.
About Juju Productions
Juju Productions is a music and video production company. Artists and singers will work with Anuradha Palakurthi-Juju to produce content that attracts global audiences – transcending national and cultural boundaries even while being rooted in Indian traditions
About the Giving Back Fund
The Giving Back Fund is a National nonprofit organization that encourages and facilitates charitable giving by professional athletes, celebrities, high net worth individuals, existing nonprofit organizations, corporations and others who truly desire to give back. We Provide philanthropic consulting, management and administrative services while operating as a flexible convenient vehicle for establishing individual foundations and fiscally sponsored projects under a governance structure like that of a community foundation. By offering a straightforward and cost-effective approach to philanthropy, high-level expertise and professional services, and carefully targeted giving opportunities. The Giving Back Fund helps those who want to give back to society and to the communities that have nurtured them.
About Wizcraft International Entertainment PVT Ltd
Wizcraft International Entertainment is India’s leading communication and entertainment companies, integrating strategy, creativity and technology to craft memorable experiences. Since, its inception in 1988 Wizcraft has emerged as pioneers in Events, Exhibitions, Brand Activation, Television production, PR, Digital Marketing and Virtual Events. Headquartered in Mumbai and with offices across India the company has grown tremendously and also has several liaison offices across the world. Wizcraft is globally renowned for its flagship media & entertainment IP – IIFA (International Indian Film Academy), an event that has travelled the world building bridges across cultures, communities, businesses and geographies using the platform of Cinema to create a global alliance.