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 Ghazal Khazana

CPAA, the Parents Association Thallasemic Unit Trust (PATUT) and The Oberoi Hotel, led by noted ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas will bring together the country's finest ghazal singers to present 'Ghazal Khazana'. The Regal Room of the Oberoi Trident, will play host to this annual two day festival of ghazals on 27th and 28th July 2012. A treasure of talented artistes, Pt. Ajay Pohankar, Anup Jalota, Bhupinder Singh, Mitali Singh, Talat Aziz, Abhijit Pohankar, Hariharan, Mohammed Hussain, Ahmed Hussain, Chandreya Bhattacharya, Suchismita Das, and Pankaj Udhas will perform live. A delicious meal will be arranged specially for the event by chefs of The Oberoi.

Tickets for the show are available at the Rhythm House, Kalaghoda, Mumbai.

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY 2012: Every year, the 31st of May is observed as World No-Tobacco Day. This year, the World Health Organisation had selected the theme 'Tobacco Industry Interference', focusing on educating policy-makers and the general public about the tactics used by the tobacco industry to subvert tobacco laws.

CPAA has joined forces with organisations world over to fight the menace of tobacco for the past two decades and more in many innovative ways especially targeting the youth.

In appreciation, the WHO awarded CPAA with the World No Tobacco Day Award 2012 for contributions in the area of tobacco control in India. CPAA is proud and honoured to receive this recognition.

CPAA's World No tobacco Day events:

185 participants from all over India sent in their entries for CPAA's Photography Competition on the topics: Tobacco industry marketing tactics; Ill effects of tobacco; Harm from Second Hand Smoke. The competition was adjudged by noted fashion photographer Atul Kasbekar, model-actor Milind Soman, Dr. P C Gupta (Director, Healis - Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health) and Raj Halankar (MD, Kalpakal Design House & Edutainment Pvt. Ltd.). The photographs were exhibited on World No Tobacco Day and the top three were awarded prizes at a press conference held at The Trident, Bandra on 25th May.

At the Press conference, Y K Sapru (Chairman and CEO, CPAA) welcomed Mr. Arup Patnaik (Mumbai Police Commissioner), Rajendra Agarwal (MD, Donear), Amal Psup (Director, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare), Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Viveik Oberoi (Actor), Rituparna Sengupta (Actress) and Atul Kasbekar who spoke about their support to the cause of tobacco control. Celebrated composer-singer-musician group Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy announced their concert 'Celebration of Life' which was held on 27th May at Rangasharda Auditorium on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day. The esteemed panel then felicitated the singers who were to participate in this concert.

The concert was inaugurated by Dr. L Swasticharan, actors Tara Sharma, Zareen Khan and Jacky Bhagnani. Singers Shaan, Raman Mahadevan, Aakriti Kakkar, Anusha Mani, Shilpa Rao, Shweta Pandit, Shruti Pathak and Neha Bhasin sang their most popular numbers to a full house. The highlight of the evening was the nonstop sing-a-thon by the winning trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The Bollywood music industry used this platform to spread the message that TOBACCO KILLS, amongst the youth. The show was ably compered by RJ Tarun Ratnani.

An ENT cancer screening camp was organized at the Samata Nagar Police Station for policemen, their families and the general public on 29th May 2012 in association with Mahindra Tractors (Kandivali). Actors Sachin Pilgaonkar and Renuka Shahane Rana were the chief guests at this event.

200 patients, relatives and visitors at KEM hospital's department of Psychiatry were sensitized with informative literature, free Anti-gutkha stickers on 31st May. Patients' needs were recorded in the form of messages and slogans in a suggestion box.

A group of youth participated in a 'Flash-mob' held at Carter Road, Bandra on 19th May to promote 'No Smoking'. more pictures >>


An inter-school essay-poster-slogan competition was held at Tagore International School on 8th May for 120 students from different Delhi schools. The topics for the competition were: Tobacco/Smoking Kills; Papa! Why do you smoke, Don't you care about my future? and Letter to your favorite film star to stop smoking in up to 200 words. The panel of Dr Manoj Sharma (Advisor, Cancer Control Program, Government of NCR Delhi) , Mr Emmanuel Upputuru (National Creative Director, Publicis) and Mrs Kiran Hukku (Director, CPAA New Delhi) adjudged The Millennium School as the top performer. 

Dr Sajeela Maini, a senior consultant and tobacco cessation specialists from Gangaram Hospital conducted Anti tobacco campaigns for CPAA Delhi at:

  • Airtel Ltd on 25th May. Conducted a motivation enhancement therapeutic and interactive session wherein people were sensitized towards the harmful effects of tobacco, the nature and severity of addiction, passive smoking and its ill-effects.

  • The Lotus Temple Auditorium for 400 police personnel of the Delhi Police- South East District on 29th May. A few participants even came forward to seek help from Dr Mani to quit tobacco. Additional Commissioner of South Zone, Mr Ajay Chowdhary was present on this occasion to give the message 'Kill the evil stop smoking from today'.

  • Tihar Jail No 5 for its inmates on zero smoking and no tobacco. Mr G Sudhakar (DIG, Prisons) appealed to those present to save their earned money and send it to the family members instead of wasting on tobacco. Encouraged by his talk a few prisoners decided to give it a try.


  • A slogan competition was arranged for students of Erin Nagarwalla School, Citi International School, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Utkarsh School, Vidya Academy, Crescent School and Ambedkar Jr. College. The top two slogans were awarded trophies and a gift at a function held on 31st May at Hotel Pride.

  • An awareness talk on ill-effects of Guthka / Tobacco was given by Dr. Shone Nag.

  • Three awareness talks were held Yerwada Central Jail, Vascon and Gits Food Pvt. Ltd. in Pune. 500 people attended the talk. more pictures >>

Colours of Life - Expression of Life

CPAA's eighth annual art exhibition 'Colours of Life', curated by Piali Syam, was inaugurated on 11th June at The Viewing Room by Nana Chudasama, Shobhaa De, Sudhir Mishra and Shreyas Talpade. The evening was also attended by Lilette Dubey, Kalpana Lajmi, Raell Padamsee and artists Nayanaa Kanodia, Jaideep Mehrotra, Brinda Miller, Samir Mondal, Bina Aziz and Ananya Banerjee.

This year's collections includes works of 119 senior and contemporary artists from all over India who came together to raise funds for cancer patients. The collection has a large spectrum of works, styles, media and price range to give art lovers an opportunity to own the piece of work they desired without having to stretch their budget. more pictures >>

Art lovers who missed an opportunity to visit the gallery during this immensely successful exhibition still have a chance to own a beautiful art work of premier Indian artists and also help the activities of CPAA. Click here to view the collection online. Call (+91 22 24951953, +91 22 24951953) or Email for further details. 

CPAA's Neeta More conducted an awareness lecture at the Anudutt High School (Kandivali) in association with Mahindra Tractors (Kandivali) for over a 100 of their parents and teachers on 15th June.

New Delhi Branch: Guided by CPAA's Total Management philosophy, the Delhi branch recently started a new initiative - Breast cancer Support Group meetings. Breast cancer survivors along with their spouses and family members attended a bi-monthly meeting organized by CPAA, Delhi on 2nd May at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Nisha Mahajan, a renowned Kathak dancer and yoga teacher taught the participants a few breathing techniques. The high point of the meeting was a session on 'Emotional hygiene - stress and burn-out'. It was conducted by Vandana Natu, a film maker and survivor herself. This session helped many women to vent out their suppressed emotions and bitterness. At the end of the meeting, the group was so motivated that they unanimously decided to meet again and keep up the momentum generated by this initiative. more pictures >>

A generous donor whose mother is suffering from cancer installed a Television cable connection in the play room of Rajgharia dharamshala managed by CPAA. This will be a great source of entertainment for the patients whose life, otherwise, revolves only around treatment centers. more pictures >>

Pune branch:

47 patients were taken to Balaji Mandir at Ketkawle and Datta Mandir at Narayanpureunder under CPAA, Pune branch’s new initiative, the 'Make a cancer patient smile' project.

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Colours of Life collection now available online.
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Volunteers of GE group distributed soft toys and sweets to children in the Paediatric Cancer OPD at Tata Hospital.

A Swaraj Mazda bus was donated by State Bank of India to the Diagnostic Department. The bus will be used for conducting long distance screening camps.

It was utilised for the first time at a cancer screening camp by the Diagnostic Services who travelled to Hubli (Karnataka) on 24th June. 200 individuals were screened. 

Childhood cancer patients were invited on the sets of popular soap 'Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hain' being aired on Star Plus. The channel donated Rs. 1 Lac towards the treatment of these patients. 

(May - June 2012)

Cancer Screening
Camps / Clinics 38
Screenings 1,215
Suspected cases 396
Detected cases 1

Patient Care
Total Aid - Rs. 9,70,582
Patients Aided 394
Patients Counselled 3,105
Information/Literature 2,275
Ward / room visits 711
Transport service 2,294

Cancer Insurance Policy
(1994 to June 2012)
Active policy holders 7108
Detected cases 210
Survivors 164
Money Disbursed Rs. 45.4  million

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