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To Be Greeted By A Round Of Huzzahs

Raising funds for elephants, Chandigarh litfest, Patanjali atta noodles and more

To Be Greeted By A Round Of Huzzahs
To Be Greeted By A Round Of Huzzahs
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Curated by Sunaina Anand is an exhibition of artworks by over 50 renowned faces—a veritable who’s who including S.H. Raza, Ram Kumar, Paresh Maity, Jogen Chowdhary, Subodh Gupta, Binoy Varghese; and denizens of glitz like Amitabh Bachchan, Salman, Akshay and Shahrukh. A singular theme runs through the works—elephants, and one medium has been used—fibreglass. The motive of the exhibition, organised by Maneka Gandhi and People for Animals, is also a singular one—to raise funds for elephants. Only 22,000 elephants are left in India, 600 are killed every year, and 6,000 live in brutal conditions. Taking care of each elephant costs about Rs 50,000 a year, while other costs come to about Rs 15 to 20 lakh. The exhibition, with its herd of ‘white elephants’, all of them carrying varied colours and designs, is to generate funds for Wildlife SOS—the NGO that brought an end to the practice of dancing bears. Though the Asian elephant is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, only Wildlife SOS runs an elephant conservation and care centre in India. The centre, located in Mathura, has 18 elephants under its care and aims to bring up the count to 50. It has enough natural vegetation—it’s flanked by 215 acres of forest—for the animals to feel at home, surrounded by open fields, while water pools have also been provided for the elephants to bathe and play in. Nov 28-30, Le Meridien Hotel


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