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Mr. Amitabh Bachchan Art Auction - Plan India

New Delhi, October 15, 2012: For the Indian Film Industry’s biggest superstar Mr. Amitabh Bachchan’s 70th birthday celebrations, leading artists from all over India created their interpretations of the entertainer on the canvas for a special Art Show cum exhibition held in Mumbai recently. The art show, called B Seventy and curated by Ms. Sapna Kar was held at the Hall of Vision, Nehru Centre, Mumbai on October 12 and 13, 2012. Mr. Govind Nihalani, Noted filmmaker and Plan India Board Chairperson, Bhagyashri Dengle, Executive Director, Plan India, and the esteemed board members of Plan India Ms. Arti Kirloskar, Mr. Udayan Sen and Ms. Neerja Mattoo attended the Art Show on behalf of Plan India.

As Plan’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign celebrated the first ever ‘International Day of the Girl Child’ on October 11, 2012, the same day was celebrated as the Bollywood’s living legend’s 70th Birthday and part of the proceeds from the sale of these artworks were donated  to Plan India for the cause of quality education for the girl child. Plan India works in partnership with girls, boys, their families and communities, and government institutions to realize its goal in achieving gender equality and girls’ empowerment and rights.

Mr. Govind Nihalani, Chairperson, Plan India Board said, “I share a long standing relationship with Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan and I am grateful to them for showing this kind gesture to Plan India. They were appreciative of the work the organisation does at grass roots and the fact Plan India also celebrated the first ever International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, 2012. With a noble initiative like this and the fact that family recently had a granddaughter, The Bachchan family truly is a role model for the millions of Indian families to learn from and celebrate the power of Girl Child.”

Ms. Bhagyashri Dengle, Executive director, Plan India said, “We at Plan India wish share our heartiest wishes with Mr. Amitabh Bachchan on his 70th birthday. I am thankful to him and to the organizers of the art auction for this generous contribution that will help many girls in receiving quality education. Plan India is committed to working in underprivileged communities and will ensure that the girls remain in schools and access quality education and complete secondary schools through school improvement programmes.

The art works displayed at the Art show included modern and contemporary art, sculptures, photography, mixed media and even an installation by names like Akbar Padamsee, Anjolie Ela Menon, Satish Gujral, Badri Narayan , Gieve Patel, Manu Parekh, Paresh Maity, Jayasri Burman, Arzan Khambatta, Farhad Hussain, Satish Gupta, Sujata Bajaj and Praneet Soi.

About Plan’s ‘Because I am a Girl Campaign’

'Because I am a Girl' is Plan India’s campaign to promote the girls' rights and lift millions of them out of poverty. It is geared towards equipping, enabling and engaging girls of all ages to acquire the assets, skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in life. Plan India is attempting to initiate change at a number of levels (i.e. local, national and international) with the assistance of a number of partners. Plan’s one of the goals for the campaign is that the girls enroll and complete quality primary and secondary education in a safe and supportive community environment and acquire the skills they need to access decent economic opportunities.

About Plan India

Plan India is an Indian NGO working to improve the lives of disadvantaged children, their families and communities through an approach that puts children at the centre of community development. Since 1979, we have been working with our partners to help children access their rights to proper healthcare, basic education, and healthy environment, protection from abuse and exploitation and participation in decisions that affect their lives. We encourage children to express their views and be actively involved in improving their communities. Plan India currently works in 11 states in India, across 5000 communities and has touched the lives of over a million children.