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Shaan’s rocking concert raises awareness of opioid epidemic

By Dr. Panchajanya ‘Panch’ Paul
August 2018
Shaan’s rocking concert raises awareness of opioid epidemic

 

(Left) Dr. Naresh Parikh and Dr. Asha Parikh, Dr. Syamala Erramilli, with organizers Bhavana and Vishal Anand. (Photo: Vinod Devlia)

India’s beloved singer Shantanu Mukherjee, popularly known as Shaan, rocked Atlanta with the Love-in-Concert held on July 14, 2018 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Sponsored by the American Pain Association (APA), Georgia Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (GAPI), 27th Investments, and Aeon Global Health, the concert was part of Shaan’s North America tour, which is also raising awareness about the opioid epidemic.

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Singers Arpita Mukherjee and Shaan. (Photo: Vinod Devlia)

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Shaan. (Photo: Vinod Devlia)

Talented singer Arpita Mukherjee began the show with some hit Bollywood numbers. Shaan soon joined the party, and the audience was enthralled by his melodious voice. He sang his popular hit numbers from the movie PK and others. Dancers from New Jersey performed along with the singers.

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(Left) Shaan raising awareness about the opioid epidemic with Dr. Syamala Erramilli, Karl Karla, Dr. Sreeni Gangasani, organizers Bhavana and Vishal Anand, New Jersey pain doctor Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Dr. Naresh Parikh and Dr. Asha Parikh, and Dr. Raghu Lolabhattu. (Photo: Vinod Devlia)

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, every day more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. “The misuse of and addiction to opioids is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as the social and economic welfare of people in the country,” said Sonny Roshan, CEO of Aeon Global Health. He emphasized the importance of toxicology testing which provides information about the medication and other substances in the patient’s system to enable healthcare professionals not only to treat patients effectively but also to prevent such addiction. AAPI President-Elect Dr. Naresh Parikh and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, director of American Pain Association, spoke about the serious health risk posed by the opioid epidemic. Dr. Asha Parikh, Chair of GAPI, emphasized the importance of healthcare workers and community leaders to work together to educate people about the dangers of chronic opioid use, and to facilitate treatments of addicts and drug victims.

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An appreciative crowd. (Photo: Vinod Devlia)

The event was houseful, with the concert attended by hundreds of music lovers from Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. Organizers Vishal and Bhavana Anand thanked all. Their company, Anand Entertainment, which was started to promote Indian dance and culture in the U.S., last year brought famous Bollywood choreographer Geeta Kapoor to judge Dance Fever 2017, and this year famous dancer Dharmesh Yelande for a three-day dance workshop. Both events were sold out successes. Shaan’s concert was their third event.

For those who missed, no worries. Anand Entertainment and Time Starz Entertainment are bringing A. R. Rahman Live in Concert to Atlanta on August 25 at the Infinite Energy Center, together with Udit Narayan, Neeti Mohan, Mano, Javed Ali, Haricharan, and many others singing in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. It is an exciting time for Atlanta. Stay tuned!

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