By Jan Mercker

As a music teacher, Veena Pandiri has worked to inspire and encourage a spirit of giving back to the community in her students. Pandiri, owner of the Notes N Beats music school in Ashburn and founder of The Stage nonprofit, is the organizer of the FEEL benefit concert Sunday, Sept. 11.

The concert features performances from more than 150 musicians, including many of Pandiri’s students, spotlighting both Indian and American music styles in a range of genres. FEEL is Pandiri’s first major benefit concert since COVID, after her organization raised thousands of dollars for cancer and autism-focused charities in 2017 and 2019.

Proceeds from this year’s concert will go to local and international charities, including Sterling-based Veterans Moving Forward, the Loudoun First Responders Foundation and efforts to fund physical therapists and a school bus for the Mallikamba Manovikasa Kendram school in Hyderabad, India which serves orphaned children with developmental disabilities. 

The concert takes place at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, and Pandiri is hoping to fill the 2,000-seat auditorium, with more than 600 tickets sold as of last week.

The FEEL benefit concert takes place Sunday, Sept. 11 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive in Fairfax. Tickets are $29 for adults and $19 for children 6 and under. To buy tickets or make a donation, go to