She’s hosted pottery shows, exhibitions and shawls and T-shirts sales over the last decade, but this year Maneka Gandhi has planned a carpet sale — Floored by Art — to raise funds for her cause, People for Animals. “We have 31 shelters. Many of them have been set up using funds from these shows,” she explains. “Artists have always been generous. This is also an attempt to showcase their creations.”
Many leading names and fashion designers — Ritu Kumar, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Manish Arora, SH Raza and Manjit Bawa — have been roped in to create limited edition carpets. The sale has been conceptualised by Gandhi along with Garima Jain and is an initiative of Sunil Sethi Design Alliance.
Set up in 1992, People for Animals has grown to become the biggest organisation of its kind in Asia. It is currently involved in activities ranging from rescuing circus animals to banning horse carriages. She’s also relieved at Bollywood’s stand towards usage of animals.
Though she admits that her surname has helped her, a lot of hard work goes into sustaining such efforts. Her biggest concern right now is to get the government to implement measures for pet shop owners: “We’ve worked out the laws, but they’re just lying with the ministry.”