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“Kahwa Speaks” is a movement by Pragnya Wakhlu that aims introducing the world to the hidden facets of Kashmiri culture and helps preserving the language by means of a live audio-visual tour and story-telling. This comprises an experimental Kashmiri-English album which will be released globally on 16th July 2017 and an audio-visual element and tour for which we are raising funds.
“Kahwa Speaks” is not just an album but is the start of a global movement. It has been a long standing dream of mine that has been crafted over a period of research for the last 3 years that is finally coming to fruition by the grace of the almighty.
Born in Srinagar and raised in Pune, I have been a Kashmiri that has lived out of the state but one has a strong connection with my roots.We grew up in a time when we would share laughter and old folk tales over cups of Kahwa at our grandparents homes (who still live in both Srinagar and Jammu).
Kashmir has often been a misunderstood state as there is a lot of media attention on the violence in the state. There is so much about Kashmiri culture, traditions and music that remain concealed from the public eye. A lot of people that moved out of Kashmir and the generations after them have never been there and never visited.What these generations know about Kashmir is what they have heard from their parents or what they read in the media.
My endeavour with this album is to help audiences (both Kashmiri and non-Kashmiri) across the world to experience Kashmir for what it inherently is – a rich cultural state. To be introduced to the finer nuances of our culture and history through an experiential show involving live music , visuals ,story telling and Kahwa(Kashmiri tea). It is also an attempt at preserving the Kashmiri language by creating memorable songs that pique people’s interest in learning the language.
The original lyrics and compositions are aimed at spreading the message of peace and unity, strictly keeping away from any political agendas.
The six songs on the album which are in Kashmiri and have English translations are a mix of contemporary takes on the poems of Lal Ded and Habakhatoon , the traditional Wanwun and also some of my original compositions. The music is more contemporary with a slightly folky sound to create musical renditions that are a reflection of how most of us grew up..with diverse modern influences,yet holding a strong connection to our roots.
The album also features a song “Burning Fire” which is in Tibetan and English for which a music video has already been released. The song aims to bring awareness to the oft ignored and very critical issue of self immolations in the Tibetan community and their struggle to preserve their identity .This is a cause I feel really strongly about and felt the relevance of including it in this album for several reasons.
To test out audience receptivity to the concept, I previewed an audio visual show of the songs using photographs as background visuals (on a smaller scale) at the Kumaon Literature festival . Here, it was well received by prominent journalists and authors from the nations literary circuit. I further went on to do smaller shows “Kashmir through a musical Lens” at the Gyaan Adab Cultural center (Pune) and “Conversations over Kahwa” at Depot 48 Delhi. The audience at all the cities was very receptive of the concept and that encouraged me to take this to a higher level and at a much larger scale with your help.
Debut Album – Journey to the Sun (2012)
Singles: Kal Nahin Aata (2010)
Ok Listen: https://www.oklisten.com/album/kal_nahi_ata
I Let Go (2015): https://www.oklisten.com/album/i_let_go_party_mix
Burning Fire (2016)
Music Video for ‘Burning Fire’ featured on Vh1 and Rolling Stone
Music Video for Breast Cancer Awareness movement with NGO Yes to Life “Feeling Alive”
Music Video for Rise from “Journey to the Sun”
This project is an amalgamation of modern music with traditional Kashmiri. Since the songs are both in Kashmiri and English, one of the possible risks is part of the community mistaking my efforts as a “dilution” of Kashmiri culture. There are often purists that believe that translating songs into English is a form of dilution. I feel on the contrary that if one has to reach out to global audiences where one wants people to understand the meaning behind the music, one needs to communicate in a language familiar to them. The music is also a reflection of who I am as a person..a combination of diverse influences grounded in my roots. Hence I have adopted and stuck to my current approach.
The other challenges are of course monetary – being able to raise enough funds to finish the visual experience part of this project, pay the collaborators on this project the fee they deserve and tour successfully with the band to take this to every city we can. I hope to be able to raise this money with your goodwill and blessings.
The album and music video for ‘Burning Fire’ (the first single off the album) , an entirely self –funded effort has been released on Vh1 and Rolling Stone (digitally) exclusively as is on You-tube. It has garnered airplay and praise internationally as we took great care to create a high quality video that sends the message we were trying to get across without compromising. We adopted a very D.I.Y. approach to making this video thanks to the support of friends
The album has been recorded and mixed in Delhi,Mumbai and Pune. We have some very fine musicians and engineers from India and internationally working on this project. Hafod Mastering (U.K) has mastered the tracks for us and they are sounding pretty powerful. The album will be digitally released in association with Songdew’s Fresh Music campaign on global platforms in July 2017. The band is doing a launch gig in Delhi on the 22nd of July.
We plan to use the money raised from this campaign to put the visual pieces of the tour together and then embark on a 5 city audio-visual experience tour in India covering Delhi-Pune-Mumbai-Bangalore and Chennai. We will further take the show to as many cities in India as we can. We also plan to take this show globally to other countries (USA, South East Asia) and spread the movement to as many countries as we can afford to travel to.
We will also release one music video with the money raised from this campaign by the end of this year.
I am an independent artist and am very passionate about the work I do. I believe with all my heart in the power of music and story telling because I have seen it spark moments of inspiration, transformation and create sheer magic.
Unfortunately, the music scene in India today is still very bollywood oriented and one doesn’t end up earning a lot of revenue from live shows if you perform original music.One can either choose to go commercial and compromise , or then rely on the goodwill of people like yourself who are aligned with the same vision for our community.
The entire album Kahwa Speaks has been a self funded effort where I have invested my own savings. The content for the album has been put together after years of research and we have a great team working on it.
We would like to make this movement a world class experience and not compromise on the quality. This is something that would only be possible with your help. A chance for you to be a part of a big movement.. of the people by the people and for the people.
We are in the midst of a volatile time . While art is not always a solution to problems of such an intricate nature, what we hope to achieve with this movement is to bring forth moments of inspiration and an artistic experience, where people can choose to rise above their political agendas for some time and unite and understand the richness of a culture .
You can be a part of this movement…you can help create change..It starts with one person and then snowballs forward. We believe in the power of community united for a cause.
When I truly believe in something, I give it all my heart and soul and work with integrity. My previous track record has proven the same.I promise that the funds you contribute will be put to use only towards making this movement a reality and for us to spread the message of unity and culture across the world.
The “Kahwa Speaks” album has been a group effort and would not have been possible without the hard work of the numerous people involved. The album has been produced by Vinay Kaushal (Musicians Institute) my dear friend,bandmate and Fender and Ernie ball endorsed guitarist and musician
The songs were initially arranged with the band comprising of Manoj Mavely(Drums), Shailendra Wakhlu (Guitar), Sonic Shori (Bass), Shubhanshu Singh (Guitar) and Pragnya Wakhlu (Vocals, Guitar, lyrics,composition, arrangement)
The album features the following artists:
Gandhaar Amin(Flute), Praashekh Borkar (Sarod), Vinay Kaushal (Guitars), Sanjay Joseph (Guitars), Sonic Shori (Bass) and Nikhil Bidwalkar (Santoor)
Burning Fire mixed by Puneet Samtani. All other songs mixed by Vinay Kaushal.
Mastering: Gethin John (Hafod Mastering U.K.)
The album will be released by Songdew Network and will be available across all major music platforms (Apple music, Google play music, Spotify , Amazon Music etc)
Visuals and Video Team
Divya Gopalan: Founder director of Gunpowder Studios, Mumbai and director of the music video for Burning Fire, Divya Gopalan’ s captivating visual story telling has a way of connecting with people’s hearts and sending across a powerful message. An NID graduate, Divya was the Rocket Award winner at the Promax World Awards held in Los Angeles (2010) and brings with her numerous years of work experience working with leading clients across the industry. Divya will be directing a music video for the album.
Daksh Jain : With a Masters in Experiential design from NIFT, Daksh is the creative force behind the album artwork conceptualization and design. Daksh and his team of designers will be working behind the visual element of the show, creating a visual story board and animated content.
Hemant Grover: A creative photographer and an aspiring young music producer and Hemant Grover is the man behind the photographers lens . His avant-garde ideas and creative video editing contribute to making the photography and videos have great recall value.
The Travelling Band
The travelling band will comprise of
Manoj Mavely (Drums) : Ex-Berklee School of Music alumni and Director of Musictek School of Music and Manoj Mavely will be the force behind the drums.
Shailendra Wakhlu (Lead Guitars): With over 20 years of experience teaching and playing the guitar Shailendra’s intricate sense of harmony and melody contribute to the bands solid sound.
Danik Ghosh (Bass) : Danik Ghosh a talented bassist and keen learner associated with with various acts around the city such as Run! It’s the kid, The CopyCats, Prabhtoj Singh and others,
Pragnya Wakhlu (Rhythm guitar an Vocals): I guess I’ve talked about myself enough already:P
If you or anyone you know, is an Artist, go ahead and start a fundraiser on Ketto.
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We are raising money to build OpinionX, a medical intelligence platform that protects you against commercial health practices & honest medical practitioner errors.
Good health is more important than anything else in our lives. If something happens to our health, there are advanced medical procedures available to take care. But how do you know your first diagnosis is correct or if there is a better or less expensive treatment?
Research indicates, 62% of second opinion cases resulted in major changes to first recommended treatments, saving many from huge costs & also their lives.
How it works?
In 3 simple steps – upload scans, lab reports & first opinion document given by your doctor. OpinionX will give you the best possible second opinion within 72 hours.
OpinionX give the ‘Second Opinion’ by combining the diagnosis of 4 best doctors from around the globe and our artificial intelligence engine that analyzes the case in context to 100s of similar cases – Thus giving a best possible ‘Second Opinion’ you can confidently trust.
How we are unique?
1. Our panel consist of the best doctors in their respective fields, from around the world. We give patients an easy access to them though OpinionX
2. Instead of a ‘Second Opinion’ from a single doctor, we combine expertise of 4 specialist doctors & input from our artificial intelligence engine. This benefits in eliminating error and providing an accurate ‘Second Opinion’ every time.
3. The consolidated approach not only gives you the best possible opinion but also gives rise to life saving alternate treatments.
Team & Panel of Experts building the product-
How your contribution will help us?
We are working with specialist doctors & experienced programmers to complete the development of our platform. Your contribution will help us,
1. Fast track the development of our powerful technology
2. Overcome regulations & legal formalities
3. Launch the product at the earliest
Tentative launch date & Disease category coverage
We plan to launch our platform by October 2017 & OpinionX will offer ‘Second Opinions’ for Cancer, Cardiology, Neurology & Orthopedic ailments.
1.What is a ‘Second Opinion’?
A second opinion is when a doctor other than your primary treating doctor gives you his or her view about your health problem and how to treat it. It can help you make a more informed decision about your disease.
2.What is conslidated opinion?
Instead of one doctor, a panel of expert doctors together give a refined and accurate opinion by judging all the pros and cons identified by combining Human & Artificial Intelligence.
3.What will be our tentative response time?
Within 72 hours
Please support us in building a life changing technology that helps everyone save time, money by avoiding wrong diagnosis & take informed health decisions.
If you or anyone you know, who has an innovative idea, go ahead and start a fundraiser on Ketto.
Thank you for your interest in this fundraiser. We are SauraMandala, a group of like minded people who intend on picking up causes that bring about long lasting change and impact into society.
Find us on Facebook at – www.facebook.com/sauramandala.in
As our pilot project we aim to
‘Provide a reliable solar grid to power smart classrooms at Haji Public School,Breswana’.
Haji Public School is located in Breswana, a high altitude agrarian Himalayan village in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The school caters to the students in the region and surrounding villages and currently educates about 350 first generation learners in its three branches. The school runs a successful volunteer program to be able to impart education to the students.
Why Breswana and Haji Public School?
– We have been previous volunteers at the school and have faced all the problems first hand. It is also our personal effort to give back to the school and village.
More details at www.hajipublicschool.org
What is SauraMandala?
-SauraMandala is a group of people who want to be the change they want to see.
– Right now it is three people
Nagakarthik – Electrical engineer by education, ex-volunteer at Haji Public School and has experience with solar energy for remote communities and regions for about 2 years now.
Prateek – Computer Science engineer by education, ex-volunteer at Haji Public School and is extremely passionate about societal development.
Keerthi – Mechanical engineer by education, ex-CISCO and is an avid traveler with his heart set on bring about change in society.
More at www.facebook.com/sauramandala.in
What is the scope of the project?
– To provide a solar powered grid at each of the three branches of Haji Public School.
– To setup smart screens with educational content to aid volunteers and local teachers in classrooms.
What challenges will you be addressing?
– To address the lack of dependable electricity to light up classrooms and run labs due to the terrain, weather and power cuts.
– To aid the volunteers to use audiovisual aids in classrooms to explain concepts better to these kids who have had limited exposure to the world outside.
– To introduce the kids to the internet and experiential learning.
What are the challenges you will face?
– Breswana is not connected by road, this makes it difficult to transport materials, all the components will have to be transported on horseback or carried up.
Isn’t it cold there, will solar panels work?
– The region receives abundant sunlight during the months that the school is operational ( March to December)
How will I know where my money is going?
– We believe in complete transparency and will follow the same for the project. There will be frequent updates both from our end and the school to keep us accountable. We are happy to address any concerns that you may have, please feel free to contact us. You can find a rough breakup of costs here.
Is this a one time gig?
No. We plan to learn from this project and replicate it in different regions. We also plan to expand to more community level projects in the regions that we work in.
Why don’t you approach a corporate sponsor instead?
We would love to work with a mix of corporate and individual sponsors for our projects, we believe that joint efforts will have more impact. If you are a corporate who shares the vision and want to get involved, please contact us, we would love to work with you.
We are proud to announce our campaign partner Tespack, from Spain. Do check them out, they have some amazing products and have done some stellar work in different parts of the world.
If you or anyone you know, who is struggling to pay for their education, go ahead and start a fundraiser on Ketto.
I am looking to raise funds to support the NGO ‘Just For Kicks’ program of imparting life skills through football, for 100 girls in the Dharwad district of Karnataka. ‘Just For Kicks’ in partnership with Enabling Leadership Foundation(ELF) is already running a pilot across 8 villages in Dharwad and witnessing phenomenal results with the girls becoming increasingly self-aware and confident through a game that’s been tainted as being a boy’s sport. With the football at their feet, these girls are now starting to dream big and question the status quo. Inspired by this progress, I am now looking to spearhead the expansion of ‘ Just For Kicks’ programming in rural Karnataka with the vision of reaching 100 more girls by next year.
Program cost for one child over one year: 6500 Rs / 100$. This cost includes: 48 training sessions, Training Gear For Each Child – Studs, Shinguards, Jerseys, Orientation Sessions For School and Parents, Participation in ‘Just For Kicks’ League games, Access to scouting opportunities and scholarships, Individual child and team assessment reports.
My piece in the puzzle:
Long before I fell in love with the cause of Just For Kicks, I fell in love with the beautiful game of football.
What I learned from football – Grit, Respect, Empathy, Courage, Teamwork, Leadership and most importantly Love. It is safe to say that Football has sculpted my personality in multiple ways. Growing up as a footballer and representing the Indian U-17 squad, I found myself feeling constantly underwhelmed by our facilities, resources and lack of support structures. Injuries bogged me down and I increasingly found myself fighting an uphill battle not just against the structures in place but also the culture around the sport. To that end, I fell prey to our failing sports/talent management system.
Having finished my engineering and working a run of the mill consulting gig for a year – I decided to fight back. I pursued the Teach for India fellowship and then completed my Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University with the hope of coming back to India to ensure that each child has the opportunity to play the beautiful sport and has the opportunity to take up the sport if he/she is passionate about it. As I look to champion the cause that ‘Just For Kicks’ has valiantly taken up, I realise that I need all the support I can get to fulfill the vision of reaching 1 million children by the year 2025 and making sure that no child falls through the cracks of our nation’s faltering sporting system.
Just For Kicks is a school intervention program working towards teaching children through a life skills-based football curriculum invaluable lessons of commitment, confidence, self-awareness, and grit. We work in the 5 Indian cities namely Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, and Chennai, and the rural district of Dharwad in Karnataka in schools catering to students from the bottom of the economic pyramid. We believe in #EveryonePlays and begin working with children, both boys and girls, as young as 7 years old and continue training with them till the age of 16, through an ongoing collaboration with their schools.
Enabling Leadership is a Netherlands-based non-profit organisation that uses innovative mediums of music and sports to foster valuable life skills of leadership, creativity, confidence and global citizenship among marginalised children who have limited or no access to high quality education systems.
Why Focus on Girls: Football acts as an equalizer where in once you step onto the pitch – gender, socioeconomic background, social class don’t matter. This pitch then becomes symbolic of a free society where in all are equals, thus affording a girl child to express herself, uninhibited by constraints of our society. This expression then translates into various values such as grit and confidence being built up in the girl child that nudge the society to view them as equals and subsequently create a cycle of systemic change led by a mentality shift.
Donate and be a part of the football revolution where girls will play alongside boys, and all students will receive equal opportunity irrespective of their gender and socioeconomic status.
If you or anyone you know, is struggling to pay to get trained in the sport they love, go ahead and start a fundraiser on Ketto.
Just because it appears to be anything but difficult to fund-raise on the web, foundations still should comprehend and consider a few issues before accepting endowments on the Internet.
- Maybe the most disregarded by numerous associations is that they are not excluded from the registration requirements that many states force on associations requesting cash from their occupants. In the event that a fundraisers at a charity have any inquiries regarding this, they should contact the Attorney General’s office in the state, which has oversees obligations regarding charities.
- Nowadays we are seeing just two digits, rather than triple digit, yearly increments – associations can’t simply be laid back and sit tight for the cash to come in. The “Donate Now” catch, without anyone else’s input, won’t do the trap. If they want donors to hit that button, they need to work for it – and be spurred to give. This implies all the writing and correspondence to prospects need to noticeably incorporate the association’s site. Individuals intrigued by philanthropy or its motivation go to the website first. Along these lines, the site must be as excellent as it can be, with programs and other applicable data inside simple route, so that the “Donate Now” catch work something.
- Charitable associations need to nourish into its online interests with web-based social networking, for example, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook. Keeping in contact with the donors is and will keep on being important to benefactors, so it becomes easy for philanthropies to contact them.
- In spite of the fact that sites will be an essential piece for future in <a href=”https://www.ketto.org/” title=”Online Fundraising”>Online Fundraising</a>, we are still not to the point where each exchange happens on the web is safe. While associations need to remain cautious about innovation and technological advancements, and also simultaneous changes in individuals’ mentalities about how they utilize the Internet, raising money is not just about clicking on a linked button. With Ketto you don’t need to worry about scams.
You must already be familiar with the term crowdfunding. This is a novel way to raise funds for any project or idea or even a new venture. Crowdfunding lets entrepreneurs raise money in small amounts from a large number of investors or people who are connected via the internet.
Crowdfunding isn’t a new concept in India. We all might have dropped some money into a donation box at the billing counter of a store, or contributed to children raising funds for flood relief. It is the same practice of raising money from the crowd for a noble cause where an individual contributes a small amount of money towards a cause.
The realisation of an individual where the person thinks he or she is more privileged than others is the motivation behind why crowdfunding is becoming popular in India today. This social change has a considerable measure to do with how we expend web-based social networking. Indians spend about 4.5 hours per day on the Internet, which is very nearly 17% of our opportunity in a day.
We don’t simply read human intrigue stories. Growing up around neediness, hunger, unemployment, illiteracy, pollution etc has affected the giving habit in India. Much the same as demand and supply relationship, when there are more destitute individuals, there are similarly the same number of individuals willing to offer assistance.
Raising funds online makes it easy for you to make a difference, serve individuals in need, make a positive effect, and change lives around you consistently. You don’t need to be a social activist to help the destitute. Crowdfunding engages people to steer and lead the change.
Ketto is one of the best crowdfunding sites in the country and has enabled people to raise necessary funds for films, music projects, social and charitable initiatives and other creative and personal reasons. This is one of the most reliable platforms that is sought after by people across Asia over several years.
There are two things each donor ought to do before giving. Firstly, evaluation of the charity’s money related well-being and responsibility and transparency with the donors.
Furthermore, contact the organisation! Addressing a charitable organisation specifically can furnish you with more prominent comprehension about its projects, mission, and objectives.
There are many websites for raising money for a cause but before you trust them with your money, here are a few questions to ask!
- What is your association’s main goal?
Genuine associations know precisely their identity, what they do, and why they are required.
- What advance is your association making towards its objectives?
Ask your association what it has done to improve the issue it supports. Will the association exhibit how their activities have affected their advance?
- What are the association’s objectives?
Objectives are an important device to quantify achievement. On the off chance that a charity can not impart its objectives, both short and long haul, it is troublesome for a donor to realize what the charity is working towards.
- What sources are accessible to expand my trust in your work?
Experts have demonstrated that most organisations are mindful, legitimate and organised. Genuine charitable associations exhibit transparency. Documents related to their registration etc are readily available
Be informed about how your money is spent. Donors take the time, forthright, to discover associations they can trust for a long time to come. Also, when they find that charitable association, they should feel certain about giving it their monetary help. Ketto is Asia’s most trusted and visited crowdfunding platform that works with some of India’s top non-profits. You can trust them to utilise your genuine contribution correctly.
The thrill of hiking over long trails, soaking in the scenic beauty, is something which can leave you spell-bound. Not only does it help you to relax, but it also boosts your health and stamina. However, often the perks of hiking are weighed down by the cost it entails. Right from the right shoes to comfortable hiking apparel, to backpacks to lodging/camping, hiking can be a costly affair.
However, thanks to crowdfunding, cost factor can be taken care of. There have been umpteen success stories of hikers who shared the passion of hiking but had disabilities or lacked funds for hiking and managed to achieve their hiking goals through crowdfunding.
Maharashtra’s Pride, Aparna Prabhudesai!
Aparna, a facilitator and an entrepreneur from Pune, is a multi-faceted woman. Along with her professional work, she also manages to pursue her hobby of participating in marathons and mountain climbing. Owing to some unfortunate incident in 2012, Aparna was left disabled. However, her unflinching strength and courage did not let the disability overpower her spirit. She took up a mountaineering course, participated in multiple treks and went twice to the Everest Base Camp. Her undeterred efforts led people to donate for her cause and she finally became the first woman from Maharashtra, India to successfully summit the Mount Everest! We feel proud to have been a part of this inspiring journey.
Mission Mount Everest
Another individual from Maharashtra, Nihar, also summited the Mount Everest supported by Ketto. He undertook a three month long expedition starting from Kathmandu, Nepal to the Summit of Mount Everest. With the media coverage that this expedition would garner, he aimed to involve the local communities in developing ways to fight hunger and curb malnutrition in economically backward communities.
His fundraiser committed to donate ₹1 per feet of climb towards this cause. He successfully climbed the summit in March, 2015 and managed to raise ₹65,400 with 14 supporters.
Climbing World Cup: Climb Your Way To Health And Fitness!
There are still not many people like Aparna and Nihar who are so passionate about mountain climbing. Chakram Hikers, a Maharashtra based firm, has been continuously striving in this direction. It organises hiking and trekking tours with intent to bring people closer to nature. The firm has been consistently instilling the spirit of adventure among masses along with spreading awareness about environment preservation. Chakram Hikers raised ₹ 52,000 with Ketto for the IFSC Climbing World Cup, which was scheduled at Navi Mumbai in May, 2016.
Crowdfunding: Hiking The New Way
Besides people like Aparna for climbing Everest, Ketto has been helping many to achieve their hiking goals. Be it Vijayshekhar Nerva, who completed 4 Deserts Gobi March race in June 2015 by raising ₹1,39,740 or Mohit Kapoor, who raised ₹86,500 for a ride across 9 countries, we’re always here to help you!
So if you plan to go for a hike but lack support, you can stay assured that we’re here to give wings to your dreams. Happy hiking!