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Delhi rises for Japan

entertainment Updated: Apr 27, 2011 02:16 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

Since this March, when Japan was devastated by a tsunami and an earthquake, Delhi, has been doing its bit to help the island nation. From special concerts, auctions and dedicated pages on social networking sites, Delhiites have been raising funds through charity.

Raising the spirit

Taking the spirit forward, Gurgaon Connection, an NGO, is organising a charity fund raiser at Kingdom of Dreams on May 2. The evening will see corporate heads, artists and designers from India, Japan and other parts of the world coming together. Japanese Drum Team, formed by the Japanese living in India, will perform at this event. This will be followed by an auction that will see Leander Paes’ tennis racquet, Anjana Kuthiala’s painting, Virender Sehwag’s bat, Satya Paul’s saris and some other designer pieces and jewellery.

“All the auction money will go to Japan Disaster Relief Fund via Indian Red Cross society,” says TJ Singla of Gurgaon Connection.

Talking about her painting, artist Anjana Kuthiala, says, “I have done a portrait other than an Indian face for the first time. It’s that of a Japanese woman, whose looks are a mix of traditional geisha and that of a contemporary Japanese female.”

Lending a helping hand
Another places in Delhi that did their bit for Japan was F Bar and Lounge. They organised an event, called Entertainment for Charity, where 12 DJs played on one platform. Ai, The Love Hotel, also organised a music, visual arts and dance charity night, which also had a live painting session by Japanese artist Goliardo. There are many active Facebook pages that are dedicated to Japan and are very actively generating useful information online.

Wear the cause
Many websites are generating money for the Japan Relief Fund by selling cool merchandise and memoribilia online — tee shirts, scarves and mugs — with interesting one-liners, such as ‘The sun will rise again’, ‘Pray for Japan’ and ‘Restore’. Check them out at: