Indian-American recording artist and singer Avanti Nagral to sing at AIF New England Gala
BOSTON—Aspiring Indian-American singer and songwriter Avanti Nagral will perform at the annual New England Gala of the American Indian Foundation, known as AIF, on March 31 in Boston.
Nagral, one of the first to pursue a dual degree between Harvard University and Berklee College of Music, combines her background in various genres – Indian Classical, Broadway, Church/Gospel and Devotional – into a modern Pop-Soul sound .
Recently, Nagral released a new track titled “Treated” which focuses on benevolent humanitarian behavior. Inspired by her personal experiences as well as stories of women who have faced domestic violence, marital rape and bad relationships, the song promotes the importance of taking a stand in any type of relationship.
Nagral was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Agnes in ‘Agnes of God’ at the National Theater Awards in India, recorded an English-Sanskrit pop-devotional fusion album, performed at venues across India, in the Northeast in the United States and toured the Philippines.
“I recently released a single, called ‘Treated’, which is a song I wrote for myself when I was 12; a song that reinforces my sense of self-respect,” said Nagral, adding that his team shot the music video in Boston with a group of student filmmakers, technicians and actors from Emerson, Boston University, WPI and Berklee.
She released the song worldwide on iTunes and Spotify! The song was produced by a Mumbai-based production company, Flying Carpet Productions.
Nagral is also passionate about global health and development. She has worked in music therapy, anemia, organ donation, heart disease, heart disease, CPR/urgent care and mental health, through research , advocacy and creation of initiatives.
She has launched an educational tour to schools across India, hosting performance workshops and sharing her journey in hopes of encouraging students to pursue their own versions of passion and purpose, in the United States, and will do so in other parts of the world soon.
The AIF will hold its annual fundraising gala on March 31, 2018 at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel in Boston. The gala is co-chaired by Kunjan Anjaria & Vikram Mahidhar and Asha & Kim Shah. The theme for the 2018 gala is “Connect: Connect with Cause, Connect with Ideas, Connect with Community”.
AIF New England leadership includes: Raj & Nalini Sharma, Venkat & Pratima Srinivasan, Drs. Brian and Sunita Pereiira, Vivek and Vandana Sharma, and Santhana and Namita Krishnan. Members of the New England Board of Governors of the AIF are: Andy Gupta, Farida Kathawalla, Nimit Nathwani, Sangita Thakore, Srini Ambati and Vikram Mahidhar.
Founded in 2001, AIF is committed to catalyzing social and economic change in India and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihood, public health and leadership development. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale lasting impact. AIF programs emphasize inclusive models that focus on the unique needs of girls and women to achieve gender equity as the basis for lasting change.
The AIF was created on the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a suggestion by Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee. AIF has impacted the lives of 3.1 million poor people in India by providing access to high quality education, formal sector jobs for urban youth and rickshaw drivers, and to public health services to protect the health of mothers and their children, while building the next generation of global leaders through service. With offices in New York and California, eleven chapters in the United States, and India operations centered in New Delhi, AIF is transforming lives in 23 states across India while addressing these issues regionally, nationally and international. President Bill Clinton is Honorary Chairman and former Ambassador to India Frank Wisner chairs the Advisory Board. Learn more at www.AIF.org