Chhoti si asha, February 2007
‘Chhoti si Asha’, a gala fund-raiser evening
for Salam Balak Trust and Cansupport
Embassy of France, Saturday, 10th February 2007
On Saturday, 10th February, the Embassy of France organised ‘Chhoti si Asha’ ( a ray of hope) - a gala fundraiser evening, set in a red-carpetted, fairyland ambience, with a live performance by Kailash Kher and Indian Ocean, to raise funds for two worthy NGOs, Salaam Balaak Trust (of Salaam Bombay fame) and CanSupport.
Highlighting the theme of the event drawn from Rabindranath Tagore’s famous song-‘Ekla cholo re’ - "If none responds to your call, forge ahead alone" and to mark their commitment towards social issues, several Indian and French corporates, members of the fashion fraternity like Rohit Bal, Rohit Gandhi, Hemant Lecoanet and Ritu Beri joined hands with the French Embassy to contribute towards the noble cause that the two NGOs are engaged in. On this occasion, celebrity singer Kailash Kher and popular band Indian Ocean gave a live performance.
During the charity dinner preceeding the live show , a joint performance by Salaam Balaak Trust, CanSupport, and the Sanskriti School students, Delhi, showed the talent of these children, belonging to both the underprivileged and affluent sections of the society, on a common platform. An exhibition of veteran photographer Akash Das will be on view on this occasion. One of the photographs entitled "In Search of Asian Nudes" – with the thought-provoking caption, "If none responds to your call, forge ahead alone" is the symbol of the evening
The Charity Dinner was sponsored by the Taj Mahal Hotel with the Champagne offered by Moet & Chandon. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Yannick Poupon, Area Director- Taj Hotels, New Delhi and General Manager, The Taj Mahal Hotel said “ We are delighted to associate with the French Embassy towards supporting such a noble cause, through this gala fundraising evening. We are also excited to bring to the table fine French cuisine, through our European Chefs and I’m sure that this evening would be a gastronomic delight for Delhi’s food connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike”. Other gold sponsors are The French Embassy, Hero Honda and the Air France & Kingfisher Airlines. The silver sponsors are Gaz de France, Lafarge, Alstom, Alcatel-Lucent, Calyon Bank, Mahindra-Renault. Lucky draw tickets will be offered by Air France, (Delhi-Paris ticket), Champagne magnum by Moët & Chandon, a LH airportbag, by designers Hemant-Lecoanet and Benetton hampers.
About the NGOs
Salaam Balaak Trust was established in 1988. The NGO’s focus is to rehabilitate the street child by reuniting him with his family and the social environs familiar to him. It not only works towards getting the child off the streets, but it brings about an economic, social and emotional metamorphosis for him.
CanSupport, set up in 1996, offers support and information to children and adults suffering from cancer in an advanced stage.
Photo exhibition by Akash Das
The exhibition by the veteran photographer Akash Das, featuring a unique blend of art and social commitment will be put to the service of this cause. One of the photographs from his exhibition entitled "In Search of Asian Nudes" will be used as a symbol of the event with the thought-provoking caption, "If none responds to your call, forge ahead alone".
About The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi
One of the most distinguished addresses in the national capital, The Taj Mahal Hotel is located in the exclusive residential area of Lutyen’s’ Delhi, close to the seat of government. Reflecting the heritage of Mughal Delhi, this hotel offers graceful architecture with modern facilities.
The warm, pristine white lobby of The Taj includes design details reminiscent of Mughal architecture such as intricate motifs, golden inlay work, and niches from ‘Shahjahanabad’, the erstwhile mogul capital. The hotel is a veritable showcase of artifacts with the intricate design work of the lobby’s domes and panels perfectly complimenting the calm marble fountain streams.
The hotel is a city landmark, centrally located, in close proximity to key areas. It is a 40-minute drive from the airport and near the bustling city center, Connaught Place, Pragati Maidan, Government offices and Diplomatic missions.
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