Santhigram Kerala Ayurvedic Co., USA, a leading provider of holistic treatments based on authentic Kerala specific Ayurveda and Panchakarma Therapies in the United States, celebrated its 10th anniversary in a grand function on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Edison Hotel Banquet and Conference Center, Edison, New Jersey.
In an unprecedented and awe inspiring event in the illustrious and distinguished history of Santhigram USA, more than 500 esteemed guests from various walks of life including clients, stakeholders, friends and well-wishers from diverse locations in US including renowned guests encompassing Elected Officials, Media, Community Associations, Chambers of Commerce, business and other prominent forums graced the occasion.
Among the most notable distinguished guests were New Jersey Senator Vin Gopal, Commissioner of New Jersey State Mr. Upendra Chivukula, Mr. Peter Jacob, Contestant for US Congress from New Jersey, Padma Shri H.R. Shah, Chairman of TV Asia, Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media, Dr. Sudhanshu Prasad and Dr. Binod Sinha, prominent physicians and owners of Edison Hotel, Ms. Melinna Giannini, Health Insurance Consulting Specialist and President of ABC Medical Coding Solutions, Swami Siddhananda, Acharya of Chinmaya Mission and Deepak Parashar, the Bollywood cine actor.
In the welcome address, Dr. Gopinathan Nair and Dr. Ambika Nair, the founders of Santhigram USA unveiled before the distinguished guests the saga of Santhigram USA operations during its decade long journey in US. Mr. Nair said, “We humbly acknowledge the multitude of hurdles and challenges we faced, because there was absolutely no precedence in running an Ayurveda wellness business in the US. Coming to US with a dozen Ayurveda specialists in November 2007 exclusively with a mission of spreading Ayurveda wellness was a great challenge in itself.” He further said. “We are pleased to say with great pride that we have moved forward, overcoming obstacles and managed to spread our wings to as many as five states, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Illinois and Wisconsin.” “This would not have been possible without the support of our dedicated team and the clients who had absolute faith in the effectiveness of the unique system of Kerala-specific Ayurveda treatments,” he said. “It is gratifying to see that hundreds of patients have taken advantage of our side-effect-free holistic solution to take care of their health issues, but many are still not able to avail our services due to insurance regulations.” “Things are changing, and we are helping our clients to get the coverage needed,” he added.
New Jersey State Senator Vin Gopal presented to Dr. Gopinathan Nair, a joint resolution of the New Jersey Senate and Assembly honoring Santhigram. It noted that the company has established a model to emulate and set a standard of excellence which others might strive. ‘The Santhigram Kerala Ayurvedic Company has grown from its humble beginnings to its present vital and dynamic state due to the capable and effective guidance of President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Gopinathan Nair and Vice President and Chief Consultant Dr. Ambika Nair, as well as the steadfast commitment of its tireless staff. It is altogether proper and fitting for this Legislature to pause in its deliberations to recognize the Santhigram Kerala Ayurvedic Company, and to praise it as an essential and superb holistic health organization…,’ the proclamation said.
Noted guests joined the lamp lighting ceremony including New Jersey Utility Commissioner Upendra Chivukula, Congressional candidate Peter Jacob, Padma Shri H.R. Shah, chairman of TV Asia, Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, chairman of Parikh Worldwide Media, Rajeev Bhambri, COO of India Abroad, Prof. Indrajit Saluja, editor of India Panorama, Dr. Sudhanshu Prasad and Dr. Binod Sinha, prominent physicians and owners of E Hotel, Melinna Giannini, health insurance consulting specialist and president of ABC Medical Coding Solutions, Deepak Parashar, Bollywood actor and Swami Siddhananda, Acharya of Chinmaya Mission.
Dr. Gopinathan Nair and Dr. Ambika Nair honored several people, who helped them in the early days including Attorney Anand Ahuja, Vinay Mahajan, Late Ashok Diwakar, Alex Koshy Vilanilam, Aniyan George, Late Dr. Shakir Mukhi, CPA PK Ramnachandran, Attorney Ram Cheerath, Gulshan Chhabra, Dr. Sudhansu Prasad, Sheela Sreekumar, Dr. Prem Kumar, Attorney Thomas Vinu Allen and Commissioner Upendra Chukula.
Three people working with Santhigram for the last ten years-Reeja Beegum, Sheena Mohan and Jooly Joy-were honored at the event. Employees who completed more than five years, Nishad Balan, Meenu K Mani and Pradeep Pillai too were honored with excellence awards. Melinna Giannini, Senior Consultant who have done yeomen service by contributing dedicated and stellar services towards marching Santhigram USA to greater heights and glory was also honored during the function.
A souvenir with several articles on Ayurveda and greetings from various dignitaries from India and US was released at the event. Dr. Nair presented the details of the new projects. The Ayurveda training school has the approval of New Jersey State. The said School is aimed to train and equip interested persons in Ayurveda modalities so that they can be employed during Santhigram’s impending expansion plans to meet the shortage of critical specialist workforce in US.
The second project was introducing authentic Ayurveda products under the label of Santhigram Herbals. It includes classical Ayurveda products and beauty products from tooth powder to hair pack and shampoo.
The third project, Santhigram Foundation, a non-profit charity wing of Santhigram was also launched in order to support Patients Lacking Money to Pay for Ayurveda Treatments, Seniors Needing Options to Opioids & Barbiturates, Patients Suffering from Mental Stress, Patients Suffering from Chronic Diseases, People incapacitated due to sports injuries and War Veterans suffering from PTSD, etc.
The glittering event highlighted the growing influence of Ayurveda in the US as well as the remarkable journey of Santhigram. The event began with a presentation by Dr.Drakshayani BAMS, MD(Ay) on Ayurvedic diet and nutrition. When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use, when diet is right, medicine is of no use, she quoted the old saying. Ayurveda is based on the belief that nothing is right for everyone and everything is right for someone, she noted. “With a proper diet and lifestyle, Ayurveda’s goal is to help each person to reach their maximum potential physically, emotionally and spiritually,” she concluded.
The presentation given by Dr. Anurag Nair, a physician of modern medicine and one of the vice presidents of Santhigram noted the renaissance of Ayurveda. He pointed out that till early 20th century all medical systems were respected equally. But the new inventions changed the western medicine and its effectiveness.
An entertaining musical concert with live orchestra was presented by world renowned singer Anitha Krishna and troupe which was highly applauded and gained encomiums from the audience. A vote of thanks was given by Mr. Binu Nair, Vice President of Santhigram and he expressed gratitude to all the guests who graced the occasion and also thanked all the media persons who came in horde to cover the event. Mr. Binu also expressed his thanks and appreciation for all those who persevered relentlessly towards making the event a grand success and specially thanked Tanvi Prenita Chandra, President of Renascent Media for incorporating new style of creative marketing and Kulraaj Anand of 8K Radio. He also expressed appreciation for MCs Sanjiv Pandya of TV Asia and Aanchal Pahwa (Mrs. Bharat USA 2017) who anchored the program splendidly to the satisfaction of all and presented a memorable and one of a kind evening for the gathering