Austin

Local Talent Shines at Annual Austin Gala

Prominent business leaders, dignitaries and members of the local Indian-American community gathered in downtown Austin for the annual Pratham Gala on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Held at the Hyatt Regency on Lady Bird Lake, the event was attended by 530 guests and raised over $300,000 for Pratham’s programs.

Following a hilarious set by local Indian-American comedian Paul Varghese, guests were treated to an inspirational keynote speech by Richard Garriott D’Cayeux. The astronaut, video game pioneer, and education advocate shared his vision...
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Pratham Austin Gala 2016: A Resounding Success

This year’s Pratham Austin Gala, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on September 17, was a resounding success, exceeding all expectations. Thanks to the generosity of event sponsors and the more than 500 individuals who attended the event, the gala raised over $230,000, a record for the Austin Chapter.

Following a cocktail reception featuring an impressive array of appetizers provided by local restaurants, guests settled in for an inspiring keynote speech delivered by Harvard Business School Professor Dr. Srikant Datar, who...
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Fireside Chat with Pratham Leader Usha Rane

On March 20, 2016, former Pratham Austin President Vandana Kumar hosted a fireside chat with presentations that provided insight into how the donations we raise here affect education on the ground in India. The featured speaker was Usha Rane, Pratham’s director of content and training, who spoke about her recent travels across Asia and the US.
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2015 Austin Gala Honors Locals and Raises Funds for India

Thanks to the support of the local community, the Pratham Austin Gala attracted more than 400 people and raised over $160,000 for our work with India’s underserved children.

Held on September 18 at the downtown Sheraton, the evening began with a screening of a short film celebrating 20 years of Pratham’s history.
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Austin Kids Read Books to Help India’s Kids Learn to Read

This year, 26 kids from the Austin community participated in the 2015 Readathon, the annual event in which children in the US read books to support Pratham’s literacy programs in India, where 100 million children are unable to read or write. The competition raised $22,000 locally, which will help 894 Indian children.
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Leadership

President
Naveen Kumar

Advisory Board
  • Raj Asava
  • Dr. Shetal Gupta
  • Dr. Shanti Khinduka
  • Dr. Mamata Kumar
  • Sharad Mudhol
  • Bhavna Guglani
  • Monica Shah
  • Dr. Mukul and Suman Sharma
  • Dr. Ishwar and Jaya Thakkar

Executive Board
  • Nitin Chexal
  • Ashish Gupta
  • David Hernandez
  • Vandana Kumar
  • Mamata Misra
  • Minu Mohan
  • Subash Mutyala
  • Nidhi Nakra
  • Deep Nasta
  • Sanjay Nasta
  • Sheetal Nasta
  • Shravan Parsi
  • Isha Paul
  • Poonam Tripathy
  • Kanna Venkatasamy

Stories

Sailesh Sanghvi, Artist for a Cause

Sandeep’s Story: Racing to Give Children a Better Life