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Shreya Ghoshal Mesmerizes Audiences in AAPI's Musical Tour in Orlando, Houston, & Atlanta

Continuing with her Nine City Musical Tour across the United States, organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), Shreya Ghoshal, the sensational Bollywood melody queen, presented a clean and wholesome image befitting AAPI and mesmerized thousands in three cities last weekend. Shreya Ghoshal entertained a packed audience with an amazing, magical performance with a string of melodies and masti-filled songs at the Orange County Convention Center Linda Chapin Theater, Orlando, FL on Friday, September 28th

On Saturday night, the star enchanted audience in Cullen Performance Hall, University of Houston, TX as the crowds seemed to enjoy every minute of the over three-hours long musical concert. "The Sensational Shreya Ghoshal performed beyond our expectations and turned the "Nite" truly into a magical one, despite heavy rains and slippery slopes," Dr. Nik Nikam, the key organizer of the concert in Houston, said. "The concert hall was packed to capacity, thanks to our volunteers and their diligent efforts to reach out to thousands of people during the course of the year."

The musical nite in Atlanta, GA on Sunday, September 30th was yet another sold event, and the packed audience at the concert hall had a treat to their hearts and souls with the young and talented artist. The event in Atlanta was coordinated by Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda. With rhythmic claps and audible hums, Shreya engaged the audience in conversation, leading them to sing with her, which the crowd did regularly and enthusiastically. She would put the microphone out for the audience to sing along, which the crowd seemed to enjoy. "You all sing so beautiful," she told the crowd even as they completed the lines of the songs where Shreya had left.

Earlier during the day, Georgia Association of Physicians of Indian heritage (GAPI) had its silver jubilee celebrations starting with educational CME program attended by over a hundred physicians. During the GAPI board meeting GAPI president Dr. Abhishek Gaur informed the board about the many activities initiated by GAPI in the past few months. AAPI President Dr. Narendra Kumar spoke about AAPI's ongoing programs and how AAPI musical event getting all the local associations together. Later on, he recognized IAPA president Dr. Rudra Pratap Singh with a plaque.

AAPI CME Chair Dr. PK Natrajan gave the CME talk followed by Dr. Samir Kapadia from Cleveland Clinic, who spoke about recent advances in Cardiology and Dr. Mahindra Shah on Psychiatry. The sold out Shreya Ghoshal concert began with Atlanta Consul General Ajit Kumar recognizing local team comprising of Convener Dr. Sudhakar Jonnalagadda, Co-Chairs Dr. Sreeni Gangasani MD and Dr. Prakash Desai, Dr. Abhishek Gaur, GAPI President, Dr. Dilip Patel and Dr. Indran Indrakrishnan also played a very important role. Dr. Narendra Kumar, AAPI President, Dr. Ajay Lodha, Treasurer of national AAPI and Dr. Gautam Samadder, Editor-in-Chief AAPI Journal, were among those who had attended the event.

In the words of Dr. Sreeni Gangasani, "Shreya Ghoshal had magnificent performance mesmerizing the audience. One of the highlights was a senior physician dancing with a bottle on his head. Every one of the 2,600 music lovers in the auditorium "enjoyed show and commented that Shreya Ghoshal gave a 100% entertaining experience, with fabulous dancers at the background."

Dr. Nik Nikam, the key organizer of the event in Houston, TX, along with the Co-Chairs Dr. Freemu Varghese, and Dr. Kulvinder Bhajwa, thanked the Indian community "for overwhelmingly supporting our first ever fundraiser in order for AAPI to support charity medical services here in Houston and all across the nation." Dr. Nikam pointed to a video presentation highlighting the AAPI's charitable initiatives in conjunction with the Sensational Shreya Ghoshal -- Mystical Music Journey 2002 to 2012, a 15-minute documentary. "On YouTube, it has reached in excess of 22,000 people from more than 121 countries. Our message has reached far beyond the concert halls and the shores of USA. We will continue to spread our message and strive to help fellow human beings in dire need," he said. "Congratulations! Your hard work paid off. I truly admire your commitment, dedication, and devotion for the good cause. I learned that success can happen if one can work hard like you did," Dinesh Shah, told the organizers in Houston. "It was a wonderful musical night. I am glad my friends and I supported a good cause, and gained a lot of entertainment in the return. Thank you sincerely for your community service to support the Charity Medical services. Please keep up the good work."

"It was a team work," Dr. Aravind Pillai, Florida Event Convener, said. He thanked the AAPI leadership, local and national leaders: "I want to thank local chapters BIMDA & FAPI for their participation & help." He said, he was grateful to Dr. Narendra Kumar, AAPI President, Dr. Ravi Jahagirdar, AAPI Vice-President, and Dr. Vraj Panara, co-chair, Dr. Nikita Shah, host committee President & Co-Chair, Dr. Amish Parikh, CME Chair for their generous support. Dr. Ram reddy, Dr. Uday Desai and Dr. Atul Madan also played a very important role. "We brought all the Chapters together. AAPI has improved its image to the highest level," Dr. Pillai said. Earlier during the day, the Medical Seminar was attended by over 300 physicians from across the state.

More than a decade after winning the reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, the charming young chanteuse showed the sold-out crowds at each of the cities what it takes to sustain a successful and fulfilling career - expose your heart in the songs and listeners will hang on to every word. From a young participant on a TV show to one of the most sought-after playback singers today, Shreya's is one of the most successful stories in the film industry. A familiar name in the industry for a decade now, Shreya Goshal rose to fame with 'Bairi Piya' from the film Devdas. Having worked for almost all popular music directors in the Bollywood world, her repertoire includes songs in Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Punjabi and Telugu.

AAPI is a forum to facilitate and enable over 65,000 Indian American Physicians and 25,000 Fellows to excel in patient care, teaching and research and to pursue their aspirations in professional and community affairs. Founded with the objective to promote professional solidarity in pursuit of excellence for all its members, AAPI brings American medicine the distinctive contributions from India in order to advance the American creed of one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. For more information about AAPI, please visit: More details about AAPI's Multi-City Musical/Educational Program by Shreya Ghoshal is available at:


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