Recently 40 CEOs and senior executives came together to sing for a wonderful cause – to help contribute to the medical treatment of 10 underprivileged kids, all of whom are critically ill.
“CEOs from across Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore came together, and we are delighted that the idea has now taken shape so beautifully,” said Prema Sagar, Founding Trustee, Genesis Foundation that organized the event.
The CEOs were divided into four teams, two from Delhi and one each from Mumbai and Bengaluru. Zila Khan, the Indian classical and Sufi singer, Chintan Kalra, lead vocalist with Doors of Perception and Think Floyd, and former chief election commissioner S Y Quraishi, were the jury (popular choice was also considered). ‘Mumbai Meri Jaan’ team that walked away the winners.
Singers crooned from old Bollywood favourites evergreen melodies of Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey, Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar and Hemant Kumar’s numbers. But they also did not forget popular numbers of Elvis Presley, Bryan Adams and Whitney Houston as well as songs from the musical, Phantom of the Opera.
“I sang peppy numbers of Kishore Kumar like ‘Jhumroo’ and ‘Dekha Na Haye Re’ to entertain the audience. I have been into music since the 1970s and have sung on many occasions, the most prestigious one being when I was awarded as the best singer for Kishore Kumar songs in 1990 by late music director, Anil Biswas in an All India competition held in Delhi,” said Vipin Raheja, Chairman and Managing Director, Napino Auto and Electronics Ltd.
The Genesis Foundation team has recently roped in actor Dia Mirza as their Ambassador. “Dia will be helping us in spreading awareness for children who need help. Previously, Parvathy Omanakuttan was Genesis Foundation’s Goodwill Ambassador who helped creating an awareness about critically ill underprivileged children who needed support for their treatment,” said a spokesperson of the Genesis Foundation.
Model, actor, producer, humanitarian, Dia Mirza is a rare celebrity. In each of her avatars, she has conducted herself with great conscientiousness. She started her career as a marketing executive, but her natural grace and beauty led to modeling assignments for print and TV campaigns. Since winning the Miss Asia Pacific title in the year 2000—the first Indian contestant to win this title in 29 years—Dia has acted in several Hindi films, starting from an award-winning debut in the film Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein. She also ventured in Bengali cinema by acting in Pratim Dasgupta’s much acclaimed film Paanch Adhyay.