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Kangana Ranaut to make an appearance at the Pratham UK Gala Ball

Kangana Ranaut (2)Bollywood’s ‘Queen’ is all set to descend into London this weekend to make a special appearance at the Pratham UK gala ball on October 4th at the Natural History Museum. 

Pratham UK, a charity aimed at eradicating illiteracy among disadvantaged children in India, have already raised more than £5 million, its India counterpart has helped over 35 million disadvantaged children to read. There are still over 100 million children that remain illiterate across India.

The gala which is going to be dotted with celebrities and A-listers from the Asian community will feature a special performance from Bollywood’s hottest new singer Kanika Kapoor.

Kanika who has recently been appointed as the ambassador for the charity said: “This cause is very close to my heart.  By performing at the gala, if I can make a difference in even one child’s life, it’s a huge deal for me”.

Kangana who is excited to be part of such a fabulous cause will support at the live auction on the night by encouraging donors to bid on some special goodies.

Roy Martins, Chairman, Pratham UK said: We are delighted to have such talented young stars like Kangana and Kanika join us to at our annual fundraiser, a little help goes a long way in igniting young minds”.


Bollywood Memorabilia auction in London celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema

Conferro Auctions in LondonCelebrating 100 years of Indian cinema, Conferro Auctions, recently held a special preview of its upcoming inaugural auction of Vintage Bollywood Memorabilia, at the Westbury Gallery, Westbury Hotel, Mayfair.

The auction features original collectables such as LPs, film banners and Bollywood posters from some of the milestones of Indian film history, including Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and Sholay (1975), which were recently voted the top two greatest Bollywood films of all time.

 “We are overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received,” comments Conferro’s Founder, Sharan Seth, “It is immensely inspiring to have had so many collectors and non-collectors alike, taking such an interest in Bollywood cinematic heritage. With Bollywood such an ingrained part of our cultural identity and the timely centenary of Bollywood film, our first auction reflects India’s rich and vibrant history and artistic

Indian cinema has become one of the world’s largest film industries since the debut of its first official film on 3 May 1913, Raja Harishchandra by Dadasaheb Phalke. Producing some 1,000 films a year (twice the annual output of Hollywood), the stars of its silver screen are internationally renowned.

As reported by The Telegraph, the UK is home to the largest audience for Bollywood films outside of India, contributing 15-20 per cent of the industry’s profits. Friday 29 November 2013 will mark an important milestone for the Indian art and collectables market in the UK, as Conferro’s original Vintage Bollywood Memorabilia goes under the hammer at the Westbury Gallery, Westbury Hotel, Mayfair. The 150 lots include original vintage LPs, banners, synopses, posters, lobby cards and gramophones from the last 100 years of Bollywood history.

 Two lots and a percentage of all sales achieved at the auction will be donated to the charity, Pratham UK, as part of Conferro’s commitment to helping provide basic literacy to India’s 100 million illiterate children.

Bipasha, Esha Gupta and Manish Malhotra to attend Pratham Ball in London

Bipasha Basu in London - Bollywood Showstoppers (4)Top Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta will be walking the ramp for a special collection at the most extravagant celebration of 100 years of Indian Cinema in aid of Pratham, India’s largest education NGO working to improve learning levels amongst underprivileged children.

The event is set to be a star-studded affair with a host of British Asian celebrities such as Gurinder Chadha and Preeya Kalidas who have also confirmed their attendance.

Guests will experience a unique collection which is inspired by the three main eras of fashion in Indian Cinema, spanning from 1913 to 2013. They will be taken on a journey of mesmeric panache and distinctive style from every iconic period in Bollywood including a black & white, colour and a pattern era.

The event will also include a ‘jugalbandi as performance art’ from top Indian contemporary artist Manav Gupta (listed amongst the top ten in India by the FT) and widely regarded as a maverick genius. For the first time in London, he will be translating a Sarod performance by Pt. Wajahat Khan LIVE on canvas in front of the audience in stroke play that has no parallel.

Starting his career as a costume designer for films, Bollywood gave Malhotra a creative platform to revolutionise the Indian fashion industry. He has dressed the crème de la crème of Indian celebrities and his reputation also extends beyond the subcontinent with International celebrities including Demi Moore, Kylie Minogue, Reese Witherspoon, Karolina Kurkova, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell counting him as one of their favourite designers.

On lending his support to Pratham Malhotra said: “I am glad to be associated with Pratham, which helps educate underprivileged children in India, a cause which means a lot to me. September is the start of the Indian festive season and I’m excited to celebrate it in London with my 100 years of Indian Cinema fashion show. Bollywood and fashion are both very close to my heart, my journey as a costume designer to a couturier during the last 23 years has been an emotional experience and I’m happy to be sharing it on an International stage”.

 Proceeds from ticket sales and an exclusive live auction will go towards the Pratham Institute which focuses on providing young people with the employability skills needed to address India’s growing need for skilled manpower. Between now and 2025, about 250 million young people are estimated to enter the Indian workforce, while only 5% of them aged 20-24 have obtained vocational skills through a formal training system.

Roy Martins, Board Director of Pratham UK said “Manish is an inspiring individual who has achieved success through sheer determination. We welcome his support and hope that his success will inspire the young minds that Pratham aim to ignite through the funds raised at this event”.