Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India], December 27 (ANI/PNN): Khanak Hajela, the youngest socio-economic activist of the country, organized Prayas 2.0 at Rabindra Natya Gruh, RNT Marg Indore Madhya Pradesh, an annual fund-raising event that pledges a sum towards social upliftment of underprivileged section of society. Khanak organized the event in association with Anandam and Dr Ragini Makhhar's Naadyog to launch her Mission 'Milaap', an initiative to bring distressed elderly and abandoned orphans together so that they support each other in challenging phases of their lives. The event was attended by over 800 people, along with leading Bollywood choreographer Sandeep Soparkar as Chief Guest, Dr Navin Saxena Chairman Rusan as Guest of Honor, and Dr Bharat Sharma Executive Board Member National Cultural Fund as a Special Guest, graced the event. Other Prominent Guests were Akhilesh Sharma from All India Radio, Dr Shuchita Shukla - Chief Editor Alma Today, Subodh Saxena Ranji Trophy player, Ajay K Sharma Principal DPS Indore, and Dr Mr & Mrs Rao - Leading Cardiologist Apollo.
15-years-old Khanak has always endeavoured to help the underprivileged by her novel ideas for her noble cause. The event began with a lamp lighting by Sandeep Soparkar alongwith other dignitaries. This was followed by Khanak's majestic solo performance of Kathak. Students of Naadyog also performed along with her. The bouquet of event also included Anandam Award Ceremony that honoured people who have continued the legacy of their ancestors by 'Virasat Samman'. This year, the award was given to Mitali Khargaonkar from the family of tabla maestro. The Series of Awards also included Guru Samman & Seva Samman which recognized exceptional contribution by people.
After the award ceremony, it was a turn for rewards the show stoppers of evening, the orphans & elderly people from old age home. Khanak distributed a series of choices and happiness to each of them as per their needs and wishes, spreading smile stones imbibing impression on heart and soul of audience.
Commenting on launch of Mission Milaap, Khanak Hajela, said, "Mission Milaap is my humble endeavor, to bring lonesome elderly and unloved orphans together so that they can fill void in one-another's life. Elderly can enlighten younger folks about their life experience and in return, younger generation will motivate them lead a livelier and excited life. Old-age homes and orphanages should continue to meet like student exchange program as it will result in a fruitful unification of both, the aged and the orphaned. I have also submitted a request to PM's Office with a suggestion to start building common campuses for same, as it will augment our efforts of bringing both groups together. It is a drive to help the people, through the people by the people."
"Needless to say, I'm so elated by support of audience when I asked - "Aap denge na mera saath" (will you support me in my endeavor). It was a magical night and I'm thankful to all attendees for taking out time to be a part of this event. I hold this event very dear & near to my heart and will strive to make it bigger and better in the years to come," she added.
Khanak Hajela is a young socio-economic entrepreneur, driven by her unique mission of spreading smile-stones to orphans and old aged with her 'Right to choose' & 'care by their choice' initiatives. In her unique effort to support the underprivileged, she organizes annual fundraiser named 'Prayas-Ek Nanhi Pehal', a charity show that is a result of over 300hrs. of rehearsal. Attracting a wider audience, year after year, this event is a key contributor to Khanak's overall concept of being a young social entrepreneur, where she wants to create a self-sustained model for this section of society and wants to end their dependence. Over years, Khanak has achieved many accolades, including one for youngest social activist by the World Book of Records, Europe. She has been recently appointed as the brand ambassador of 'Beti Bachao Beti Padao Yojana'. Khanak has been honoured by CM Shiv Raj Singh, Indore City Mayor and Member of parliament.
Khanak's YouTube channel named, 'GupShup with Khanak' spreads awareness on financial literacy for people at grassroot level. She dwells in topics of Swadeshi, Digital India, Net Banking, online payments, Origin of Banking & Money, amongst her 140+ episodes. Her weekly Episodes are used by different banking kiosk throughout country as training program. Her upcoming episodes includes excellent explanation on e-Rupee, a newer concept of money.
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