Aapka Sahara Foundation is proud to present its association with a band headed by its lead singer, Khushi Bhalaria. Ms. Bhalaria is joined by Urvi Vaghela, Jay Tolia and Abdulla Khan who make up the rest of the band. They are a group of talented individuals who enthusiastically support Aapka Sahara Foundation and liven the environment at the various events conducted by the Foundation with their music and melody.
Music triggers uplifting changes in the brain which has a renewing effect on the body as a whole. Neurological researchers have found that listening to music triggers the release of several neurochemicals that play a role in brain function and mental health: dopamine, a chemical associated with pleasure and “reward” centers, stress hormones like cortisol, serotonin and other hormones related to immunity and oxytocin, a chemical that fosters the ability to connect to others.
Music spikes a feeling of home and nostalgia within all who hear its speech. It goes beyond just 62 sound, to an intangible glue, capable of bringing individuals together with smiles all around. Aapka Sahara Foundation is humbled by its ongoing contributions. They perform for the Elderly at our events, bringing them to sing and dance by reviving hidden memories of songs sung in their pasts.
On 16th December 2019, an event was held at an Old-Age home which housed not more than 15 people but with the best of facilities available for them. It was a small-scale event. We were grateful for the active participation of the Elderly who enthusiastically clapped to the tunes of classic retro songs performed by the talented band. An unofficial karaoke session was also held which helped in keeping the audience engaged and thoroughly entertained
On 21st January 2020, we organized our biggest event yet with the involvement of our Governing and Executive Board, leaving nothing to chance. 63 The event consisted of a crowd of over 50 people. We received a chance of aiming even higher through the involvement of a technical team, videography team, interview team and 25+ volunteers. A definite highlight was an old lady poking fun at the pianist for his comical hairstyle
During the Pandemic, each of the band members volunteered to participate in our initiative - Aapka Sahara Entertainment, inspiring our other volunteers and kick starting the event. Music is something that brings us together, it’s when our hearts and minds sync to the beat of the rhythm. Khushi Bhalaria beautifully sang the classic 1973 song “Churaliya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko” from the Album “Yaadon ki Baaraat”. Another such classic was sung by the band member, Urvi Vaghela- “Jaiye Aap Kaha” from the Album “Mere Sanam”. Jay Tolia engaged the crowd with an introduction of the melodious song “Raat Baki Baat Baki Hona Hain Jo” from “Namak Halaal” using a loop pedal and a guitar. Abdullah Khan continued to add music to everyone’s life by playing the melody of “Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas” from the movie “Blackmail”. We hosted a live singing session on Instagram Live - ‘Sunday Night with Aapka Sahara Foundation’. It took place on 26th July, 2020 and starred Khushi Bhalaria.
On 1st October, 2020 the band joined Aapka Sahara Foundation in its celebration of International Day of Older Persons. We joined the residents at BHN Healthcare, Mira Bhayandar for the occasion, to pay tribute to the elderly of our society. Sixteen Rotaracts Clubs were collaborated with, for the event. All ASF members were tested for the same. Our stellar band played beautifully for the residents, singing soulful songs of the past. Dance Movement Therapy was the highlight of the event as everyone relinquished their time dancing and had the utmost fun. We were delighted to be able to organise an event during the COVID pandemic.
Diwali was a perfect opportunity for a fun relaxing evening filled with music and dance with the help of our band. The event took place at Sahabhaav Old Age Home on 11th December, 2020. In light of the pandemic, it was decided to organize an event which was festive and stress-relieving. We aimed to make their Diwali special and eventful. The event began with the members of our team performing a beautiful dance which was enjoyed by each and everyone. We were ecstatic to witness many of them grooving to the music, along with our members. Our band presented a highspirited singing performance including many old Bollywood classics. The smiles on the crowd’s faces was a sight to behold. The highlight of the event was when the ASF members had the pleasure of celebrating the birthday of one of the residents. The room radiated positivity and happiness. We concluded the session by interacting with them and listening to their kind words.
Aapka Sahara Foundation organized an offline Christmas event on the 25th of December at Sahabhaav Old Age home. We started with a lovely dance performance by our team members which was highly appreciated and applauded. We conducted a session of Music and Dance therapy, one of our most important events for that day. They were all comfortably settled in their element as they engaged in our activities. The band members of ASF put forth a lively musical performance, singing some of the iconic Bollywood classics. Lastly, we decided to play a few games with them with the senior citizens proving to be extremely competitive, reminiscent of their youthful days. The last segment of the day was the most fun and engaging. The highlight of our day was when the Elderly at Sahabhaav recognized our team and gave them all a comforting hug.