Director of BAPS Charities, UK
Akshardham Gandhinagar Temple (Gujarat, India) – ‘Sat-Chit-Anand’ Watershow Project Manager
By profession a Global Sourcing Manager for British Telecom (BT); in life a Director of BAPS Charities, UK, part of the multinational charity BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. At age 36, Sanjay Kara has over 10 years management experience encompassing multinational & cross-cultural business relationships, 26 years of voluntary work and leading 1,100 young volunteers across Europe.
Relief work following natural disasters for the poorest nations on earth are his unplanned interests; leading a team to annually manage 40,000 visitors to a cultural festival at the largest marble temple in Europe is a small part of his experience.
Apart from receiving numerous awards for social and charitable efforts, his work in organising events for BAPS Charities in UK, be it sponsored walks, bike rides or engaging with the BBC Children in Need and The Prince’s Trust has made him adept at fundraising for worthy causes.
Personally motivated to climb to Everest Base Camp in 2006 for three charities, Sanjay went on to help project manage the most technologically advanced water show in India called ‘Sat-Chit-Anand’ – literally meaning Truth, Consciousness and Bliss. This two-year project involved a cross cultural team including some 400 volunteers, working under the auspices of the spiritual leader His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, and with the personal involvement and direction of creative director Yves Pépin. Since its inauguration in April 2009, this project touches the hearts of over a thousand people every day.
Sat-Chit-Anand brings to life a 5000-year-old story of a young boy on his inspiring journey where he confronts death and defeats it with courage and knowledge. Sanjay was one of the key project managers in the Sat-Chit-Anand enterprise which combined teams globally from across Europe, USA, India and Africa, speaking more than 10 different languages. The technology involved in this 45-minute spectacle included gigantic water screens, laser projections, multi-dimensional water nozzles and fire balls set amidst the serene surroundings of Akshardham, a large monument and temple in Gujarat, India. The most rewarding part of this project for Sanjay was the way in which so many people of different nationalities, backgrounds and cultures came together to produce this marvel out of sheer love and dedication.