Stand with Bengal - MASH | INA PURI | KCC brings to you a fundraiser to support Bengal
June 7 - August 7, 2020
As Cyclone Amphan made landfall, raging powerfully across the city & the villages, wreaking havoc upon anything & anyone in its path, homes were destroyed, homes & stretches of forest land ravaged. For those few hours, it felt like the gods had forsaken Bengal. When the storm finally abated realisation dawned that it would take a very long while to get back to normal. To rebuild lives & livelihoods. To restore the destroyed villages & equally, the city of Kolkata.
Watching from afar & unable to help immediately was deeply troubling. Like me, friends & members of the art fraternity based elsewhere, all felt we had to help as individuals & as a community.That was how Stand with Bengal began- with a plea to the people willing to help to come forward & plan an initiative that would raise funds for Bengal.
We were going to do our very best & reach out to people who most desperately need our support. I am deeply grateful for the immediate & spontaneous support of Shalini Passi & Richa Agarwal who agreed to this fundraising project for our Bengal immediately. The artists we reached out to, all agreed to either donate or contribute to the cause & so we're able to begin our enterprise. We agreed together that the net proceeds would be donated to Ramkrishna Mission, Kolkata who were already doing such outstanding community service. Here we are, flagging off our fundraiser in the hope that all of you will come forward & do whatever is possible to raise funds for people in Bengal whose lives have been destroyed.