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Indian art auction to fight poverty

September 17
01:43 2010

M F Husain

NEW YORK: As the largest gathering of world leaders in a decade to review progress towards ending poverty takes place in New York this month at the United Nations, in association with the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, Lend-A-Hand India, Women’s Education Project (WEP), Art Intaglio, Slums of Hope and Results have come together to host an auction of contemporary South Asian art, curated by Art Intaglio, to fight poverty.

The proceeds from the auction, to be held on Sept 16 at Culturefix in New York City, will go toward efforts by Lend-A-Hand India and Women’s Education Project to eradicate poverty through education and development projects.

“I am proud to be a part of such a broad-based effort on behalf of such an important cause,” said Nina Agrawal, Founder of Slums of Hope. “It is important to us to stand together and work together towards ending extreme poverty in the world.”

“Lend-A-Hand India’s programs, which provide vocational training, career development, employment, and entrepreneurial opportunities for young boys and girls in urban and rural communities, do their part in supporting the UN’s Millennium Development Goals,” explained Raj Gilda, Lend-A-Hand India’s co-founder. “We believe that empowering young boys and girls with tools to better their lives is an important step in eradicating poverty.”

Zoe Timms, the Founding Director of WEP, couldn’t agree more. “WEP provides college preparatory and personal development programs for young women who otherwise would not be able to attend college due to their limited circumstances,” Timms further explains. “Many of the women come from overcrowded homes where debt, malnourishment, illness, and pollution are the norm. Without the right support, these women end up with limited options after graduating high school. We try to provide support and education to help these amazing young women became more aware of their own potential, achieve their educational goals, and break the cycle of poverty.”

The contemporary South Asian art to be auctioned is being provided and curated by Art Intaglio, one of India’s largest online art portals. The auction features original works and limited edition prints from a diverse group of artists, such as M.F.Husain, S.H.Raza, Yogesh Rawal and Dileep Sharma.

“Art Intaglio’s mission is to promote contemporary Indian art and artists to a wider audience,” states Kunal Ghevaria, director of Art Intaglio.

“That’s why we focus on limited edition prints, because their price points are more accessible than canvas works, and we sell them online to make the process of owning art more democratic. For the New York auction, however, we’re also showcasing several original works by leading artists from India.”

India Post News Service

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