(originally posted in Indian New England on September 1, 2015)
Saheli, a non-profit community-based organization that is dedicated to empowering South Asian women and their families, will host its fundraising gala on Sept. 18 at Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA.
“We are thrilled to have ‘Women of the World’ perform at the Saheli gala,” said Anu Chitrapu, chair of the Saheli fundraiser gala. “The group has received several accolades and performed at many prestigious events and locations. I can’t think of a better fit for the event than an all-woman group that spreads peace and unity through music.”
Boston-based Women of the World was founded in 2008 by Ayumi Ueda from Japan. She was joined later by Annette Philip from India, Giorgia Renosto from Italy and Deborah Pierre from Haiti. The group recently completed a five-week tour in Japan and China and performed at several theaters in New York and Washington, DC, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Next year, WOW, as the group is known, is scheduled to perform in Israel and San Francisco.
WOW Women was founded at Berklee with the goal of bringing musicians from all over the world onto a common creative platform. Having toured in North America, Hawaii, Canada, and Asia, WOW performs a vast and diverse repertoire, currently spanning 29 languages.
“Our mission is to search for new ways to bring harmony into our everyday surroundings; be it on stage, in the workplace, our schools, or our neighborhoods,” WOW says. “We work with communities everywhere we go, sharing music and stories. Personal interaction always teaches us so much – about life, the world, and about understanding and celebrating diversity.”