Sanjay Shah and his wife Usha, had recently moved to Dubai from the United Kingdom in 2009.The parents of three, they became very concerned when their youngest, Nikhil, wasn’t able to keep down food. The hospital referred them to specialist as the food intolerance seemed to be a symptom of autism. As a hedge fund manager, Sanjay was luckily able to afford the level of treatment that had a great impact on his youngest son’s development and led to a deeper understanding of how he thought. However, he realized that not every parent is as lucky to be able to provide the treatment their child deserves. This is why he went into giving back by raising funds for autism research. He believes finding the underlying causes of autism can have the greatest impact easing the stress it causes so many families, by allowing them to develop a greater understanding of their unique child.
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Through a fortuitous meeting with the famous rapper Snoop Dogg, Sanjay realized music would be an extremely effective way of raising funds for research. The generosity and kindheartedness of the musicians he met showed him that they were sympathetic and eager to help. Sanjay’s dream seemed impossible at first, but by 2014 he had created Autism Rocks.
For the first event, Sanjay invested $1 Million out of his own pocket to host a two-night show that featured Joss Stone and Elvis Costello. Seeing as it attracted thousands of people, he has dreams it will continue each year as an annual event. Throughout the booming growth of Autism Rocks, Sanjay has already gotten such high-caliber acts as Drake, Prince and Lenny Kravitz to participate. His idea is to ask popular artists to do small private events for an audience that has donated a large sum. Sanjay’s goal looking forward is to release an album of donated songs from various artists and have the proceeds go to autism research.