AIF Raises $150,000 for 70 Million People with Disabilities in India

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American India Foundation

As a fashion designer for Liz Claiborne from 1989 to 1991, Asha Pabla scouted New York City for fashion inspiration and developed numerous designs selected for line production. In addition, Asha Pabla has served on the board of directors of the American India Foundation (AIF).

Founded in the wake of the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, AIF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving lives in India and developing strong US-India relationships.

AIF’s Annual Washington, DC, Gala, which took place on September 23, 2016, at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, raised $150,000. The funds will go directly toward AIF’s Ability-Based Livelihood Empowerment (ABLE) program.

Dedicated to improving the lives 70 million people with disabilities in India, the ABLE program aims to deliver individuals opportunity of a dignified existence and gainful employment. AIF stresses education and believes that people are defined by what they do rather than what disability they have.

For more information about AIF and its programs, visit

Hamilton – The Broadway Phenomenon’s Real-World Impact

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Former fashion designer Asha Pabla worked with Liz Claiborne in New York before transitioning into leadership roles with nonprofit organizations. Outside of her work with charities like American India Foundation, Asha Pabla enjoys attending theatrical performances in New York. Her recent favorites include Kinky Boots and Hamilton.

Hamilton, the wildly popular hip-hop musical about America’s founding fathers, has made big waves in the world of theater since its 2015 debut. It won 11 Tony Awards, earned a Pulitzer Prize, and sold out for the entire first run. Hamilton’s influence has spread from the theater to the rest of American culture in some truly unexpected ways.

After a popular push to include an American woman on the face of U.S. currency, the Treasury secretary was poised to replace Alexander Hamilton with Harriet Tubman on the $10 bill. Hamilton the musical became immensely popular right around this time, causing Andrew Jackson to be bumped from the $20 instead.

Hamilton is also changing the way the Revolutionary War is taught in American schools. Alexander Hamilton, usually passed over to discuss Madison, Jefferson, and Washington, is now being discussed much more in American classrooms than he was in years past. The Rockefeller Foundation even worked with producers to help 20,000 students see the show in New York.

The American India Foundation – Medical Care for Mothers and Infants

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American India Foundation

Asha Pabla, former Liz Claiborne designer, is heavily involved with philanthropic and cultural pursuits in the greater New York area. Asha Pabla sits on the boards of directors of the South Asian Youth Association and the American India Foundation.

The American India Foundation (AIF) works to improve living conditions in India, where some 800 million people must survive on less than $2 per day. President Clinton helped create AIF after responding to the Gujarat earthquake in 2001, establishing a partnership between America and India to expand opportunities for Indian citizens.

AIF maintains a focus on women and girls in India, as they tend to face more barriers to health care and education than their male peers. Girls born in India are 75 percent more likely to die by the age of five than boys are, and they are much more likely to be forced out of school or become married while underage.

To help women in India, the AIF operates programs like the Maternal and Neonatal Survival Initiative. This program saves the lives of mothers and their newborns primarily through educating local health care professionals, allowing them to provide even better care.

Fashion Predictions for 2017

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Asha Pabla established a career in fashion design, working her way up from the position of sourcer at a textile manufacturer to that of a fashion designer for a popular women’s brand. In conjunction with her work as a designer, Asha Pabla follows major trends in the fashion industry.

With 2016 in the books, it’s time to look forward to the coming year in the fashion industry. A new year brings new trends. Here are four things to watch for in 2017 fashion.

One of the main trends to carry forward will be the heavy use of stripes in casual wear. Saks Fifth Avenue director Roopal Patel referred to stripes as the modern “white t-shirt” and predicts that the trend, which has been a hot one for nearly three years now, will continue to flourish in the upcoming year.

Brooke Jaffe, Bloomingdale’s ‎operating vice president and fashion director of women’s ready-to-wear, also sees casual wear as a big shaper of the industry this year. In her estimation, the “easy elegance” approach will continue to wield heavy influence in 2017, with athletic-themed pieces seeing more everyday wear among the fashion forward.

Fashion experts are also predicting a big change in jewelry and other accessories. With gold dominating the look for the past 10 years, they predict that the trend will shift to silver as 1990s fashion trends continue to resurface.

Another one of those 1990s trends (and previously a 1970s trend) making a big comeback is the platform shoe. Gucci’s rainbow platform was the designer’s most photographed shoe in 2016, and runways are already seeing more platforms in their ensembles.

Hamilton Mixtape Tops the Billboard Charts

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Hamilton Mixtape

A quality control specialist in the fashion industry for more than a decade, Asha Pabla enjoys modern plays and musicals, including the critically acclaimed Hamilton. In her spare time, Asha Pabla enjoys visiting the Lincoln Center, where Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda first performed songs from the Hamilton album that would eventually comprise the Broadway musical.

The success of the Grammy-winning Hamilton album and the musical, which won 11 Tony awards, spawned the release of The Hamilton Mixtape. Featuring a kaleidoscope of popular artists, The Hamilton Mixtape debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart for the week ending December 8, 2016, with 187,000 traditional album sales and streaming downloads. It was the first compilation album to debut at number one since Now 50 did so in May of 2014. The first Hamilton album, which featured the original cast of the Broadway play, peaked at number three on the Billboard chart.

Artists appearing on The Hamilton Mixtape include Common, Chance the Rapper, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Sia, Kelly Clarkson, and K’nann, among others. A second volume is already in the works.

The American India Foundation’s Mission and Values

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American India Foundation

A former fashion designer, Asha Pabla is an active community volunteer, serving in leadership roles for a number of nonprofit groups. The American India Foundation (AIF) is among the organizations of which Asha Pabla serves as a board member.

The AIF is committed to its mission of eradicating poverty in India through efforts that spearhead both social and economic change in the country. Specifically, the group’s vision is centered on helping every person in India get an affordable education and health care.

AIF also serves as a funding incubator to help entrepreneurs in India get their businesses off the ground. AIF accomplishes these goals by remaining true to its five core values: creativity, unity, respect, integrity, and excellence.

Through creativity, AIF seeks to stimulate innovation and free thought among the people of India. Pursuing unity, AIF is devoted to equal opportunity for all citizens to have a say in the evolution of India.

AIF is also deeply committed to respect for all persons, regardless of their background, gender, race, or sexuality, affirming their individuality and ability to positively contribute to society. As for integrity, AIF’s goal is to be open and honest in all its dealings, maintaining high ethics and accountability.

Finally, AIF’s commitment to excellence is at the heart of its mission. The organization works each day to make life better for all of India’s people.

Lincoln Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Balanchine’s Jewels

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Balanchine’s Jewels

Asha Pabla managed quality control for businesses such as Miliken & Company, and later worked as a fashion designer for Liz Clairborne. During her free time, Asha Pabla enjoys taking in new shows and performances at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Based in New York City, the Lincoln Center leads the world in presenting high-quality artistic programs, including theater and ballet. The center also serves to educate the public in the performing arts and manages its Lincoln Center Campus.

The Lincoln Center announced its 2017 festival will commemorate the 50th anniversary of George Balanchine’s ballet, Jewels. The ballet focuses on three different styles, with the first act, Emeralds, highlighting French; second act, Rubies, focusing on the American Jazz Age; and closing act, Diamonds, dedicated to the grand beauty opulence of Russia. The Paris Opera Ballet, the New York City Ballet, and the Bolshoi Ballet will dance to represent each of their countries. Performances will take place July 20-23, 2017.