Spread­ing Khushii ev­ery­where…


BE­SIDES be­ing con­sid­ered as one of the great­est crick­eters of all time, Kapil Dev is also well known for his deep in­volve­ment in phil­an­thropic ac­tiv­i­ties. In 2003, the for­mer In­dian cap­tain, along with like-minded peo­ple, came to­gether to es­tab­lish Khushii, an NGO with the pur­pose of ben­e­fi­cially and pro­duc­tively mak­ing use of their time to con­trib­ute to so­ci­ety. Ini­tially, af­ter thor­ough re­search and un­der­stand­ing of what the In­dian so­ci­ety lacked, which ob­vi­ously turned out to be a lot in num­ber, it was one colos­sal task to de­ter­mine who, where and how to help those in need. Since then, Khushii has con­trib­uted mas­sively in the fields of health­care, com­mu­nity and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment, skill de­vel­op­ment, se­nior cit­i­zens’ as­sis­tance and dif­fer­ently-abled as­sis­tance, etc. How­ever, over the years, Dev and the gov­ern­ing board of Khushii fo­cused on con­cen­trat­ing pri­mar­ily on re­me­dial ed­u­ca­tion. “We want to reach out to ev­ery per­son we can, ev­ery child we can, to bring alive the joys in their lives… be­cause we strive and live to build a bet­ter to­mor­row, ev­ery day, ev­ery mo­ment and trans­form so­ci­ety through ed­u­ca­tion,” says Dev. In 2006, au­thor and art his­to­rian Aman Nath, the chief pa­tron of Khushii, also con­cep­tu­alised Khushii - In­dia on Can­vas, an ini­tia­tive that brought to­gether some of the most prom­i­nent per­son­al­i­ties of the coun­try, along with some of the big­gest names in the In­dian art fra­ter­nity, to col­lab­o­rate and cre­ate ex­quis­ite works of art which are then auc­tioned for char­ity. Ever since, there has been no look­ing back for Khushii; with suc­cess­ful edi­tions, one af­ter the other, the NGO, through In­dia on Can­vas, has not only raised huge funds for char­ity, the Khushii cam­paigns are also con­sid­ered to be one of the coun­try’s most well-known char­ity fundrais­ers and the largest char­ity art auc­tion in Asia. Till date, they have hosted four suc­cess­ful In­dia on Can­vas Art auc­tions in the years 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2015. This year, every­one at Khushii geared up to cel­e­brate a decade into In­dia on Can­vas and by bring­ing back the col­lab­o­ra­tive art with Khushii’s In­dia on Can­vas - 2017 at the JW Mar­riott, New Delhi, and like be­fore, the auc­tion was con­ducted by renowned auc­tion house, the Sotheby’s. How­ever, this year, things were a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. Be­sides celebri­ties and well-known cor­po­rate hon­chos of the coun­try, ‘Next Gen - the lead­ers of to­mor­row’ were given a spe­cial in­vite by Kapil Dev him­self to be a part of the auc­tion and its art book. And guess who the youth brand am­bas­sador was? Ris­ing star, Ananya Birla, who shared a can­vas with se­nior artist An­jolie Ela Menon. While the youngest par­tic­i­pant was 13-year-old Ee­sha Chor­dia, who had a great time join­ing forces with cel­e­brated artist Seema Kohli, oth­ers from the young lot in­cluded Avanti Goenka and Mansi Kir­loskar with artist Bose Kr­ish­na­machari, She­fali Mun­jal with artist Jayasri Bur­man, Michelle Poon­awalla, an artist her­self, with none other than the man at the helm, Kapil Dev, and many more.

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