We are proud to mention that some of our Gems have gained national recognition and others have won awards for their singing talent.
Way to go Gems! Congratulations on all your achievements!
Our hearty congratulations to Ujjwala whose talent has won her several accolades and national recognition! Some of her achievements are listed below. We are proud of her and wish her more success and accolades in the future.
Ujjwala was among the top 20 participants in Zee TV's internationally watched SaReGaMaPa Chalo USA Challenge 2008.
Ujjwala was crowned Karaoke Teen Sensation in 2006 at a competition sponsored by Mother India. Ujjwala amazed both the audience and the judges with "Bairi Piya" in the 1st round and following up with "Silsila Yeh Chahat Ka" from movie Devdas in the 2nd final round. One of the judges was the noted actress Padma Khanna.
"...It is always a pleasure to have Hidden Gems and to work with you all each year. Just as importantly, isn't it wonderful that your group is bringing so much happiness and pleasure to so many by bringing the gift of music to their hearts?" -From Bonnie Bruccoleri, South Brunswick Township after Beechwood Park program in July 2012
"...Your team's performance in retirement party was superb. You had done a wonderful job to host the program and bring our life story to a musical story. A job well done. All my friends enjoyed songs and had good time. I am sure your team had been exposed to my friends who love music and hope that will bring more contribution to your charity fund." -From Anil and Usha afer May 29 2011 performance
"...I just wanted to say a giant thank you for your performance at our show. You brought lots of wonderful singers as well as a fun atmosphere as usual. I am a fan as well as a supporter. " -Saleena Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library - after April 3rd 2011 Performance
"We are so thankful that the Hidden Gems regularly share their talent in support of the Library and its programs. Your music adds so much to the Fun Festival and you are always so professional and wonderful to work with. Thank you again for being a partner to this great event. Please share our gratitude with your fellow Gems!" -From Chris Carbone, Director, South Brunswick Public Library
"....an extraordinary, great enthralling, energetic and powerful performance bringing a good blend of old and new songs adding to the festivity of the festival, which was just loved by all. I wish you all the best and hope to see you all again in 2010 Dushahra Festival."....-Juhi Jain, Co-chair 2009 Dushahra Cultural Program
The Hidden Gems – talented, generous, and community focused! The Gems have shared their time and talents on behalf of the Library on numerous occasions, always to the delight of the audience. One of South Brunswick’s true treasures. !" Chris Carbone, Director, South Brunswick Public Library
The Hidden Gems are a great combination of talent, hope and idealism. Their work with Asha for Education and several other non-profits truly embodies the fact that one can make a difference in this world while still smiling. Their enthusiasm and delight in their work reminds us of the need for hope and high spirits. They truly rejuvenate those they partner with. Best of luck, Hidden Gems!" -Sri Raga Velagapudi, Asha for Education
"You're hands down the best community organization that I'd have the pleasure of working with··· " " ···Hidden Gems is an invaluable community resource ···. All of you were willing to help in any way possible without looking for anything for yourselves ···Everyone I talked to said they really enjoyed your performance- it was fun, peppy and entertaining ···. I look forward to a continued association with Hidden Gems." -Aruna Rao, Program Coordinator, SAMHAJ
" ··· please pass on a sincere thank you to the rest of the Hidden Gems for a wonderful performance ···Hidden Gems impressed everyone and as always put on a great show " -Saleena Davidson, Teen Librarian, South Brunswick Public Library
Feedback from show attendees ::
" ··· saw your performance on Saturday at Rutgers, and really liked it, and think that it's great concept." -Mr. Chaudhary, Hot Breads (owner)
"··· had seen your concert in the SB Beech Woods Park last year. It was fabulous, something to look forward to again." -Asavari Abhyankar
"Congrats to you all on putting up a great show. The singing plus the cause made for a heady mix." -Sanjay Katti
"I am very much impressed the kind of work you all doing for humanity." -Mahesh Trivedi
"I recently heard your group in a Diwali Party ···. It was wonderful to see such talents." -Dipak Shah