Art auction for polio eradication

May 26th, 2009 - 9:45 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Works of eminent artists, including M.F. Husain and Satish Gujral, will go under the hammer Saturday to raise funds for the fight against polio in India.
Over 90 paintings will be auctioned for the cause, said Krishen Khanna, a known artist, whose works are also included in the May 30 auction.

The collection comprises works of veterans like Jamini Roy, M.F. Husain, F.N. Souza, Krishen Khanna, Satish Gujral, Anjolie Ela Menon, and Laxman Pai. Among the upcoming talents whose works are also included in the collection are Hemraj, Nidhi Agarwal and Satya Sai.

“We understand the gravity of the situation and urge the society to rely on us and our efforts to help curb the problem (polio),” Khanna told reporters here.

The charity auction is being organised by the Rotary International in association with the embassy of Switzerland and India’s oldest art gallery Dhoomimal Gallery.

Switzerland’s Ambassador H.E. Philippe said: “It is a matter of honour for me and my country that we are associated with the Rotary club in this noble initiative of eradication of polio. It is in fact our duty to honour such a noble cause.”

The charity auction will see diplomats, industrialists, art connoisseurs and Bollywood stars.

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