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Monday, May 26, 2014

Sonu Nigam's 'Klose to My Soul' Concert Helps Eradicate Blindness

Sonu Nigam's 'Klose to My Soul' Concert Helps Eradicate Blindness

The ingredients of magic were all there: a singing and dancing Sonu Nigam, one of the most popular figures in South Asian showbiz; a 33-member orchestra, flown from India; professionally managed concert lighting in company of theatrical fog, producing spectacular light-fingers; the wonderful setting of SAP Center San Jose; and over 10,000 fervid fans.  And magic they produced!

The Memorial weekend concert was arranged by the Sankara Eye Foundation, USA.  

To a very large extent the entertainment program was about sight.  I tried to find a single blind person in the audience, but I did not find one. 

All my life I have lived with loved ones suffering from RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa), a degenerative eye disease.  I have seen people pushed into depression when the tunnel of their vision shrinks, and one day even the last beam of light is gone.  I consider myself as familiar with the difficulties associated with blindness, as a person of sight can ever be.  I can clearly 'see' a world of complete darkness coming alive only through sounds, smells, tastes, and touch.  People, It is a world of great handicap—it is not where you want to see anyone, ANYONE.

Sankara Eye Foundation's mission is to have 20/20 vision by 2020—the foundation wants to completely eradicate curable blindness in India by 2020.  It is a lofty goal, and a very commendable one.  Sankara needs our complete support to make this dream a reality.

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