Art for conservation charity event sponsored by Merrill Lynch

Date: 02 Nov 2007


Merrill Lynch Global Private Client (ML GPC) sponsored a Charity Auction of Contemporary Indian Art at the Mall Galleries, London.

The auction had more than 250 guests and comprised 42 lots of contemporary Indian paintings by eminent Indian artists, including Akbar Padamsee, Anjolie Ela Menon, NS Bendre, Paritosh Sen, Satish Gujral, Jatin Das, Jehangir Sabavala Ram Kumar, and SH Raza. The event was curated by Pravina Mecklai of Jamaat Art Gallery.

It was ML GPC’s second sponsored charity art auction. The first was an Indian art auction in May in aid of the Pratham Charity, with which ML has a long standing relationship.

Hemendra Kothari, Vice Chairman of DSP Merrill Lynch International said:
“We are pleased to be extending our support for Indian Charities to the Art for Conservation movement. Through ACAP and Sanskara, we would like to help raise awareness and build support for environment and wildlife conservation. Funds raised will be used to create a multimedia education campaign, covering TV and hoardings, featuring conservation messages. The planned media initiative, which is to feature conservation messages from some of India’s biggest celebrities, has already secured the involvement of leading Bollywood’s artists.”

ML GPC has Rahul Malhotra as MD and Head of GPC Group India to head ML GPC’s onshore operation in India as well as the Non-Resident Indian business.

Artist, Imtiaz Dharker had “My Breath” triptych auctioned at the event. Imtiaz Dharker was born in 1954 in Lahore, Pakistan, and grew up in Glasgow, UK. She is famous not only for her art, but for her journalism, poetry and films. She now divides her time between London and Mumbai. Dharker has written three books of poetry, conceived as sequences of poems and drawings. Home, freedom, journeys, geo-graphical and cultural displacement, communal conflict, and gender politics are all recurrent themes in her art.

The charities:

Asian Conservation Awareness Programme (ACAP)

The Asian Conservation Awareness Programmes (ACAP) aim is simple: to ensure the future of the world’s endangered wildlife by drastically reducing consumer demand for endangered species parts and products. With the help of over 70 Asian and Western celebrity ambassadors, including Jackie Chan, Amitabh Bachchan, Ang Lee, Cathy Freeman, Maurice Greene, Michelle Yeoh, Minnie Driver, Ralph Fiennes, Sachin Tendulkar and Yao Ming, ACAP has substantially increased global awareness of the negative consequences of buying products containing animal parts.

Sanskara Development Trust

Sanskara is a charitable organization based in India, which works to ensure the protection of wildlife through art, education and culture; believing the prosperity of the country’s environment to be essential to the future well-being of its people. Sanskara’s recent achievements include assisting in the establishment of Conservation Reserves in India and creating The Jim Corbett Trust.

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