extraordinary. In the history of broadcast journalism in India for the first time a TV channel executed a fund raiser to support the cause of a multi speciality hospital in Kuchipudi village without sponsors.
Former Supreme Court Judge Jasti Chalameswar and local MLA Uppuleti Kalpana lauded the efforts of Silicoandhra founder Kuchibhotla Anand and TV9 CEO Ravi Prakash for bringing hi-tech health care to the doorsteps of the needy. Artist Radheshyam entertained by performing world famed Kuchipudi Yakshaganam. Locals from Pamarru and other villages of Krishna district attended the event in large numbers.
Ravi Prakash SiliconAndhra Sanjivani hospital has been built completely with crowd funding. Many locals from the poorest of the poor to the richest of the rich contributed from a mere hundred rupees to a few crores – donations poured in for the philanthropic cause.
The six floors of Sanjivani hospital with a total area of one lakh sq ft was completed in record time and the Out patient department was thrown open to public. Medical equipment for the multi speciality hospital is being set up and doctors from USA and India are all set to offer their services for free.
Through the Ravi Prakash Foundation TV9 CEO donated Rs. 4 crore for the construction. Fund raising activity has been supported through many hours of non-stop LIVE telecast.
Donations poured in from as far as Bahrain to Tokyo and the Telugu diaspora spread across the world responded through Skype calls and social media connect. Combined with donors from India an amount of four crore ten lakhs was collected. Earlier on 24th June 2018 history was created for the first time on Telugu news television when an appeal was made to support upcoming hospital and a sum of thirteen crores was collected during TV9 LIVE telecast.
Today the six floors of Sanjivani hospital with a total area of one lakh sq ft has been completed in record time and the Out patient department will be inaugurated and opened up for the public on October 18th, Dasara festival. Medical equipment for a multi speciality hospital is being set up and doctors from USA and India are ready to offer their services.
Sanjivani multi speciality hospital is a non-profit venture of Siliconandhra in association with Smart Andhra Pradesh foundation which provides health services at doorstep to people in 150 villages.
Kuchipudi is a village in Movva Mandal, Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh world renowned for the ancient Kuchipudi dance form. The village has no roads and schools and has been neglected by successive governments since independence. This was before Siliconandhra adopted Kuchipudi. Today roads have been laid, people’s basic needs have been met and developmental works taken up.
As part of its Corporate social responsibility TV9 channel has always supported numerous causes over the years. Additionally, Ravi Prakash Foundation was founded in 2017 to further its commitment and passion for making a change in the society by supporting the cause of education and health. Today Ravi Prakash Foundation is undertaking philanthropic activities in these areas. Ravi Prakash Foundation has donated four crores to the hospital. TV9 by supporting this cause not once but twice has made history in the area of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy by promoting, publicizing and telecasting Sanjivanithon I and II free of cost for twelve hours in parts and by raising funds of 17 crores.