Artists plan to raise Rs 6 million for flood victims

Srinagar: Several Kashmiri artists plan to raise at least Rs 6 million through auction of their artworks for the rehabilitation of the flood-hit families.
The initiative, named Gallerie One, has put on online auction more than a hundred art works by prominent artists such as Masood Hussain, Yousuf Naqshbandi, Naushad Gayoor, Syed Mujtaba Rizvi, Waseem Mushtaq, Iftikhar Jaffar, Arshid Sauleh, Sumit Dayal, Dar Yasin, Shafi Chaman, Sukhjeet Kukkal and Zafar Abbas.
The proceeds from the sale of the works—offered at prices ranging from Rs 12,000 to Rs 6 lakh—will be spent on rebuilding homes and conservation and restoration of damaged artifacts, manuscripts and works of art besides supporting educational programmes for orphans.
“During our visit to the affected areas, we found that there was a dire need to work towards rehabilitation. In one village, we found 50 families living in a temporary shed. And then we came up with the idea of this fundraising auction of art works,” Syed Mujtaba Rizvi, managing director Gallerie One, told Kashmir Reader.
Rizvi said that he roped in renowned artists and photographers, many of whom were also victims of the natural disaster, for the initiative. A certain percentage of the proceeds will go to the artists, he said.
Out of the funds raised from the auction, Rizvi said that about Rs 32 lakh would be spent on rebuilding homes, about Rs 13 lakh on conservation and restoration work of the damaged art works at public and private institutions and approximately Rs 16 lakh on educational programmes for children in orphanages.