This event was held at prestigious Sringeri temple, 80 Brydon Dr, Toronto. This function was organized by Ekal Toronto team under the capable leadership of Shri Subhash Chander, Secretary.
In addition to the large Toronto team, members of Windsor, London, Guelph and Hamilton teams were also present, notably Indra Wadehra, Sonal and Samir Thaker, Vandana and Udit Shah, Abha and Dr. Hemant Gosain, Ajit and Sat Wadhwa, Shri Dharmendra Dholkia, Shri Santosh Prabhu, Prabha and Dr. Sunit Nanda, Renu and Anil Bhalla, Lajpat Gupta, krishna Sharma, Sarita Gupta and Sohana Gupta. Kanta and Om Arora represented ATN. Mr. Anil Thapa of Nepali Radio was quite helpful. A number of members of CIF attended this function- notably Mr. Ramesh Chottai, Mr. Ajit Someshwar and Mr. Anil Shah, in addition to the names already mentioned earlier. Representatives of Canadian and Indian governments participated. Thanks to Ekal U.S. team (Ramesh Shah, Renu Rajvanshi Gupta, Arun Gupta). Promod Sharma and Udit Shah took still photos. Manglacharan was chanted by Shri Amar Erry, president Arya Samaj. Subhash Chander, Ekal secretary will recognize large Toronto team separately.
The main objective of this event was to introduce GTA and other South Western Ekal teams to Dr. Chandra and seek his advice for further growth. The function went very well in spite of limitations of time. Around 350 people attended. Dr. Chandra visited the temple to receive blessings. Ekal team and Tamil association of Canada (TACA) president Shri Chari and his team presented shawls and plaques.
Dr. Chandra conveyed the message of Ekal Vidyalaya very effectively. He gave a new meaning to the Vedic hymn 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam". It literally means " World is one family'. Dr. Chandra gave it a new meaning " World is my family". He donated the award of $50,000 from CIF to Ekal Vidyalaya
Foundation of Canada.
The premises were provided to Ekal almost free of cost. Thanks to Dr. V.I. Lakshmanan, and to Pankaj Dave for his contribution in making this event a success. The food was delicious and served well. Thanks to Roshan ji. The young dancers from Nrutyakala academy (Shrusti Joshi, Dhavani Patel, Prutha Chavda, Dhriti Patel) and singers from Swar Gunjan music academy (Vaidehi Sadrani, Ashka Dixit, and Varenya Bhacheck on tabla) performed remarkably well. A large number of volunteers had worked very hard to make this event a success.
These two days will give a new direction to Ekal movement in Canada, thanks to the hard work of all the volunteers and participants, especially to Dr. Chandra and the Zee Media team-Ameya Khandekar, Amit Jain and Samir Targe.
With a sense of great enthusiasm,
President Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of Canada