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B.C.'s South Asian entertainers coming together for India benefit

Last Updated May 5, 2021 at 5:24 am PDT

(Courtesy Sabrina Rani Furminger)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Some local stars of the big and small screen are coming together to raise money for India which has been heavily impacted by COVID-19.

The event is called the YVR Screen Scene for India.

It’s being hosted by Sabrina Rani Furminger, host of the YVR Screen Scene Podcast.

She says the event will be in the style of “Inside the Actor’s Studio”, but with a South-Asian-Canadian twist.

“To speak joyfully from our hearts about acting, about dreams, about challenges, about how being South Asian has impacted their careers in the Film and Television industry, and also, about why people should care about what’s going on in India right now.”

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The panel discussion will include Agam Darshi (Funny Boy), Dhirendra (Lego Jurassic Park: The Legend of Isla Nublar), Praneet Akilla (Nancy Drew), Rekha Sharma (Battlestar Galactica), Sachin Sahel (The 100), and Sandy Sidhu (Nurses).

Tickets are $20 USD, with all proceeds going to helping organizations that are providing aid to India, which has been ravaged by COVID-19.

That includes Goonj, an organization that works with marginalized communities in rural and urban areas, Doctors Without Borders’ Emergency Response in India, which is setting up two 1,000-bed units in a large field hospital in Mumbai, and others to be confirmed.

“Those of us in Canada who are South Asian are being hit in multiple ways right now,” says Fuirminger. “There are surges that are going on in the South Asian Canadian community in Surrey, in Brampton, and then we are constantly worried about our family and friends back home.”

India has seen COVID case counts surge past 20-million, while deaths have risen past 200,000.

The event, which is virtual, is being held on Saturday, May 8 at 2 p.m. Buy your tickets here.