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Spandana Singh is the San Francisco Editor for Miss A. Better known as Spandi, she is a recent high school graduate who has an avid passion for journalism. Originally from India, she has so far lived in countries like Kenya, Italy, Ethiopia, the United States and Indonesia and looks forward to living in many more.

After completing the IB Diploma Program, Spandi has begun college at UC Berkeley where she hopes to pursue a double major in International Relations and Media and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. She loves to play the piano, box, explore new cultures (especially their cuisines) and spend time with her friends and her two turtles. By the time she is 30 she wants to have lived in every habitable continent in the world.

Images of India Cultural Showcase In San Francisco To Benefit ASHA for Education

In 1991, ASHA for Education was founded in Berkeley, and since then it has dedicated itself to supporting the basic education of children in India who lack access and resources related to education. Since its creation, ASHA has branched out, developing chapters all over the nation as well as in other nations.

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Dinakar

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Dinakar

The Berkeley chapter is comprised mostly of UC Berkeley students and locals working Berkeley. Together the chapter works to raise awareness among the student body and the Berkeley and Bay Area community about their numerous projects in India and why they are so important. The chapter sends students to visit project sites every summer to ensure that they are running smoothly and effectively and to interact with the children they are supporting. They also host several events individual events in Berkeley as well as events in conjunction with the Stanford and Silicon Valley chapters in the Bay Area to raise money for their projects.

One of ASHA Berkeley’s biggest fundraising events is its Images of India showcase, which takes place every fall and draws hundreds of audience members. This fall will be Asha for Education, Berkeley’s 23rd culture show, and it will comprise of exhilarating performances that reflect the vast cultural wells of every corner of India such as Bhangra dance and tabla music.

This year’s Images of India will take place on November 3rd at Berkeley’s International House. All proceeds of the show will go to supporting Asha’s educational projects in India. Donations are also welcome.

WHEN: Sunday, November 3, 2013 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  (doors open 5:30 p.m.)

WHERE:
International House Auditorium
2299 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720

TICKETS:
Students and Senior Citizens – $8 Presale/$10 at the door
Adults – $20 Presale/$22 at the door
Please click here to purchase tickets.

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Dinakar

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Dinakar

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