By Sana Topiwala, Everymedia

Tanaz Doshi
Tanaz Doshi

Mumbai, Feb 20 - Actor Rahul Bose and his NGO The Foundation today hosted their annual auction - "The Idea of India" featuring 11 pieces of iconic memorabilia from celebrated donors who personify and epitomize the soul of art and culture.

Rahul Bose
Rahul Bose

A black tie sit down evening hosted by The Oberoi Trident in Mumbai, the auction was attended by some of the celebrated glitterati. Some prominent donors like Pandit Hariprasad Charaurasiya, Jitish Kallat, Atul Dodiya, Usha Laxman – daughter in law of legendary cartoonist RK Laxman along with Bhavana Bawa – daughter of artist Manjeet Bawa came in to grace the event. Others who came in to support Rahul’s noble initiative included Rahul and Neeraj Bajaj who lent his support as a partner for the event, Phiroze Godrej, Anil Singh, Sumeet Chopra,Tanaz and Chirag Doshi, Ayaz Memon, director Anand Gandhi, restaurateurs Malini and Rahul Akerkar, AD Singh, Ravi Krishnan, businessman Harsh Goenka, Ronnie and Zarina Screwvala and finally Kumarmangalam Birla with his wife Neerja.

COLDPLAY signed guitar up for auction at Rahul Bose's charity event

Speaking about the auction and receiving a great response, Rahul Bose says, “It’s been overwhelming – the massive size of Mumbai’s heart always amazes me. We exceeded our expectations and we promise to meet our donors’ expectations!”

The proceeds from the auction have been directed towards the efforts of The Foundation to create a world free of discrimination.

R K Laxman Final Originals at Rahul Bose's charity fundraiser

Slideshow: The Black Tie Sit Down Evening

List of donors and their pieces :

1.   CHRIS MARTIN - Signed guitar with sketch by Chris Martin (2015)

2.   PANDIT HARIPRASAD CHAURASIA - ‘Rarest of the Rare’ Flute, (1955)

3.   PANDIT SHIVKUMAR SHARMA - ‘Making of a Maestro’, early Santoor (1950’s)

4.   ATUL DODIYA - ‘No studies, No keeping count’. (2011) oil,
acrylic, water colour, oil bar and marble dust on canvas
(90” x 60”)

5.   MANJIT BAWA - Signed pencil sketch from the ‘Acrobat’ series (1988)
(30” x 22”)

6.   JITISH KALLAT - ‘Invariance’ (2015) - Pigment print on Hahnemuhle
photo rag paper - (44” x 79”)

7.   R K LAXMAN  (Donated by Usha Laxman, his daughter in law) - Three
hand drawn originals - ‘Four Decades of the Common Man’ (1970 - 2010)

8.  JOGEN CHOWDHURY - ‘Creeper’ : Black ink with brush and pastel,
Rashtrapati Bhavan Residency (2014), ‘Boy’ Pencil on paper, (1956)

9.  MC MARY KOM - Olympic bronze medal winning kit : vest, shorts, shoes (2012)

10. SAINA NEHWAL - Signed t-shirt, world no.2 (2012) and racquet

11. RUSKIN BOND - Original manuscript, ‘A Flight of Pigeons’ and
personal signed copy (1969)

The Foundation came into existence in 2006 with the goal of unhesitatingly stepping in where it can, to make an effective, lasting change in discriminatory attitudes seen in our lives. It pledges to under-promise and over-deliver, making its interventions realistic, focused, intelligent, uncompromising, consistent and full of love. Taking the road less traveled, the organization aims at bridging existing geographical, social and psychological schisms in India through interventions involving sensitive social engineering designed to create a permanent impact and an attitudinal change within society at large. www.thefoundation.co.in.