Indian cinema stars help raise funds for underprivileged children

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor


The UK and India�۪s leading social glitterati, dignitaries, charity ambassadors and veteran stars of Indian cinema, Waheeda Rehman, Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi, gathered on Saturday 2nd of March 2013 in London to celebrate ‘The Sparkle Ball’ – a glittering night of haute couture fashion to raise vital funds for ‘The Akshaya Patra Foundation UK’, the world�۪s largest NGO-run school meal programme, which feeds and educates some of India�۪s poorest, underprivileged childen.

Other attendees included LN Mittal and family, the Chairman of ‘The Akshaya Patra Foundation UK’ Harin Thaker and the advisory board members, Yogesh Mehta, Prashant Jhawar, Nirmal Banthia, to name some.

A highlight of the prestigious event was the exclusive unveiling of celebrated Indian designer Anamika Khanna�۪s new Luxury 2013 collection. The Kolkata based fashionista, who has designed for Bollywood royalty Sonam Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, has the notable honour of being the first designer from India to launch an international label, and is one of the first Indian designers to show at Paris Fashion Week.

The fashion fundraiser raised �300,000 for the esteemed charity.