Stand with Bengal: Fundraiser Auction

7 June 2020 - 8 August 2020

Emami Art, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Soma Das. Pleasant Journey, 2013. Gouache on paper. Courtesy of Emami Art

As Cyclone Amphan made landfall, raging powerfully across West Bengal’s cities and villages, wreaking havoc upon anything and anyone in its path, homes were destroyed, homes and 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 and livelihoods.

Watching from afar and unable to help immediately is deeply troubling. 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. The artists we reached out to, all agreed to either donate or contribute to the cause and so began the enterprise led by Emami Art and MASH India. The net proceeds would be donated to Ramkrishna Mission, Kolkata who were already doing outstanding community service.

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