NewsIndiaTimes – that’s all you need to know News India Times November 24, 2017 18 India By StaffWriter r. Rachana Kulkarni was the guest speaker for the plenary session at the 12thWorld Congress on Clinical, Preventive Cardiology & Imaging-2017 (WCCPCI 2017), organized byWorld Heart Academy (WHA), International Society of Cardiovascular Ultrasound, USA (ISCU), WorldWellness Foundation (WWF) and American Association of Cardiologists of Indian Origin, USA (AACIO), Indian Academy of Echocardiography (IAE), CSI Delhi Branch, ASSOCHAM and SCOPE Amritsar, Punjab, India. The conference highlighted and shared the explosive growth of knowledge in the field of clinical, preventive, cardiology, Imaging, electrophysiology, echocardiogra- phy intravascular ultrasound, intervention- al cardiology and cardiac surgery. As heart disease continues to be daunt- ing problem for clinicians worldwide this conference focused on preventive strate- gies, early diagnosis and meticulous follow up of patients to help with advances in car- diology to improve the patient care. The conference was attended by physi- cians and cardiologists from southeast Asia and gulf countries and the faculty consist- ed prominent cardiologists from the US, England, Australia, Canada and UAE. Kulkarni, who served as the Chief of Cardiology and currently serves as the Chairman of Medicine at RobertWood Johnson University Hospital, in Somerset, New Jersey, spoke about impact of American Heart Association’s ‘Go Red For Women’ movement to raise awareness about heart disease in women in the US. She pointed out that cardiovascular dis- eases (CVDs) is the leading cause of mor- tality in India. A quarter of all mortality is attributable to CVDs. CV death rate is higher in India than global average and it is the leading cause of death in all parts of India, including poorer states and rural areas. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Indian women. Urbanization has contributed to this esca- lation due to factors including lack of physical activity, increase in smoking, unhealthy diet and stress. This gets com- pounded by lack of awareness in individu- als, community and physicians. Kulkarni is the President-Elect for American Heart Association Chapter of New Jersey and was recently awarded ‘Woman of Distinction' by American Heart Association for her work in women in car- diology. She also described how the systematic approach taken by the ‘Go Red Initiative’ by the AHA has changed the course of heart disease for women in in America and has reduced the death rate by 25% in a period of 10 years. She appealed to the audience that such movement is needed in India to change the course of heart disease inWomen. This can be done by raising awareness in socie- ty and medical community and including women in the cardiovascular research tri- als. Kulkarni also spoke as the international faculty guest speaker at New Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. She addressed the faculty, residents and students of the department of medicine. She appealed to the audience that systematic health initia- tives such as ‘Go Red ForWomen’ is need- ed in India to change the course of heart disease in women. She said this can be done by raising awareness in society and the medical community and including women in the cardiovascular research tri- als. The Director and Superintendent of RamManohar Lohia Hospital Dr. A. K. Gadapayale praised Kulkarni for her efforts. Kulkarni has been awarded ‘Best 50 Women in Business in New Jersey’ for the outstanding contributions to the state of New Jersey, both in her industry and com- munity. She has been honored for her lead- ership by the 'ExecutiveWomen of New Jersey’. She has dedicated her professional life to raise awareness of heart disease in women and to focus on preventive meas- ures for heart disease. Dr. Rachana Kulkarni Addresses Cardiovascular Meets Rachana Kulkarni D By StaffWriter T he year 2017 marks the 150th Birth Anniversary Year of Shrimad Rajchandra (1867-1901) – a pro- found spiritual luminary, poet-philoso- pher and the spiritual guide to Mahatma Gandhi. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a glorious tribute to the Mahatma’s Mahatma - Shrimad Rajchandra, by launching two commemo- rative coins and stamp bearing his por- trait. Now, myriad organizations and spiri- tual seekers worldwide are celebrating this monumental occasion. Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur hosted a four-day festival in honor of Rajchandra through a multitude of festivities. The occasion saw the august presence of numerous saints, dignitaries and scores of spiritual seekers from around the world from Nov 2 to 5, at Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram Dharampur – a site visited by Rajchandraji for approx- imately 35 days during his life’s final year. The Yugpurush Saardh Shatabdi Mahotsav was graced by many saints, including Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai –founder of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur, Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji, Pujyashri Morari Bapu, Pujyashri Viveksagar Swami, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, Pujya Acharyashri Lokesh Muniji, Venerable Bhikkhu Sanghasenaji, and Pujya Brahmakumari Didi Dr. Nirmala. The celebrations witnessed the unveil- ing of the world's tallest statue of Shrimad Rajchandra, a Mahamastakabhishek cere- mony of the statue, a majestic shobhaya- tra-parade in Dharampur town, an enthralling devotional evening with renowned singers and the inception of the new 200-bed Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital. A special segment was devoted to cele- brate the phenomenal milestones reached by 'Yugpurush - Mahatma ke Mahatma' a play portraying the deep bond between Gandhiji and his spiritual mentor Shrimad. A majestic Shobhayatra (procession) of 7000 people marked the start of the cele- brations on the morning of November 2, making this one of the largest shobhaya- tras to take place. The procession began with the freeing of 150 caged birds marking the 150th birth anniversary year. Auspiciously decorated vehicles carried images of Lord Mahavira, Rajchandra, the four highly revered devo- tees of Shrimad and Pujya Gurudevshri, while elephants, camels and horses added to the proceeding. Five stations along the route depicted incidents from Shrimad’s life and engaged the townspeople with activities and games on the evenings of October 30 to November 1. Selected women-folk in the procession carried ‘Shrimad Rajchandra Vachanamrut’ a book-compilation of his letters and works, and the women of Dharampur made ‘ghauli’ artwork from dry rice, while blazing drums, a band and chants name added to the elation. The evening of this day witnessed the unveiling of the world’s tallest statue of Rajchandra at the hands of Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai and Sri Sri Ravishankar. The statue in ‘padmasan mudra’ is 34-feet tall symbolizing the 34 uplifting years of his life, surrounded by a water body in an open air amphitheater. Seekers then enjoyed an elevating evening of devotional music with the pop- ular composer duo Sachin-Jigar and artist Bhoomi Trivedi. There was also a unique yoga dance composed of movements of yoga postures synchronized with music, along with an ‘ocean dance’ that created a unique visual display. The meet also saw the staging of the Gujarati play ‘Yugpurush – Mahatma ke Mahatma’. Produced by SRMD, ‘Yugpurush’ surpassed all milestones of success reaching 1000 shows in over 290 cities worldwide, reaching over 6,40,000 viewers within one year. There was also an Atmarpit diksha cer- emony, wherein 5 young devotees (two males and three females) were initiated into Atmarpit diksha. The 'Atmarpit' group is a group of life-long celibate devo- tees who have chosen to lead a life of sad- hana (spiritual pursuit) and seva (selfless service). Celebrations Mark 150th Anniversary Of Shrimad Rajchandra Mahamastakabhishek of Shrimad Rajchandraji on Karthik Purnima to celebrate his 150th Birth Anniversary. Saints and government officials at the khaat mahurat ceremony of Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital.