Celebrating 115 years of The Taj: Charita gala & fundraising auction at Taj Palace, New Delhi
New Delhi: Taj Palace, New Delhi, the capital’s landmark hotel is all set to host the second edition of 115 Years Charity Gala on Friday, August 9, 2019 in support of the Taj Public Service Welfare Trust.
The event will commemorate the momentous anniversary of India’s first luxury hospitality address, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship of The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL).
Built in 1903, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai was a result of Jamsetji N Tata’s dream to usher in a new era in Indian hospitality and ensure that Bombay has an icon which could place it amongst the greatest cities of the world.
Following up to the glittering first edition of the Charity Ball that took place at the iconic hotel last year on its 115th anniversary, the second edition of the Charity Gala at Taj Palace, New Delhi will carry forward the spirit of philanthropy – the cornerstone of the revered 150 year TATA legacy, with a fundraising auction of 25 artworks from the DAG collection.
Founded by the TATA Group and IHCL in the aftermath of the unprecedented terror attacks on Mumbai in November 2008, the objective of the Taj Public Service Welfare Trust is to extend assistance to victims of terror, natural disasters, members of the armed forces and other services who demonstrate bravery in their line of work, and their families.
Inspired by the resilience of survivors and the courage of those who came to its aid, the Trust’s purpose is to reach out to people affected by adversities, both man-made and natural to rebuild their lives.
Over the past decade, the Trust has worked on a range of relief and rehabilitation initiatives across the country.
With its unparalleled confluence of art, entertainment and gastronomy, and the who’s who of the capital in attendance, the second edition of the 115 Years Charity Gala will truly be, an extraordinary evening with a noble cause.
A live art auction by DAG, a commemorative six-course sit-down dinner experience curated by Executive Chef Rajesh Wadhwa featuring contemporary Indian cuisine and a high-octane performance by the acclaimed Shillong Chamber Choir will make this an evening to remember.
Speaking on this momentous occasion, Samrat Datta, General Manager, Taj Palace, New Delhi said: “For over a hundred years, the iconic Taj dome has anchored the skyline of Mumbai and today, it continues to stand tall as an epitome of timeless luxury."
"We are immensely proud to be a part of this milestone celebration and are excited to carry forward our revered legacy of philanthropy with the second edition of the 115 Years Charity Gala at Taj Palace, New Delhi with our auction partner, DAG.”
“Art from the Heart, a no-reserve, no buyers’ premium live auction of a selection of 25 noteworthy art pieces from the DAG collection will be the highlight of the soirée, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Trust. The 25 works by masters of modern Indian art presented at this auction will provide an unparalleled range and choice to connoisseurs and collectors.
Speaking on the association as Auction Partner, Ashish Anand, MD & CEO, DAG said, “We at DAG, have always believed that art has the power to change lives. DAG’s art auction at the first edition of Charity Gala at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, was a phenomenal success."
"Given the stellar work being done by the Taj Public Service Welfare Trust, DAG is proud to continue with this partnership at the second edition of the 115 Years Charity Gala at Taj Palace, New Delhi. This is undoubtedly a great opportunity to acquire high-quality works of art at attractive prices, and all for an extremely worthy cause.”
The works include MF Husain, Amrita Sher-Gil, SH Raza, Jamini Roy, FN Souza, KH Ara, Sunil Das, GR Santosh, J Sultan Ali, Natvar Bhavsar, Sakti Burman, Avinash Chandra, Krishna Reddy, PT Reddy, Anupam Sud, Bimal Dasgupta, Shanti Dave, Rabin Mondal, Laxman Pai, Madhvi Parekh, Sohan Qadri, Gogi Saroj Pal, Ved Nayar, Shobha Broota and P Khemraj.
Given that this is an exceptional opportunity, the auction will accept bids from the general public—ahead of the auction, as registered written bids and during the auction, by those registered, on dedicated phone lines—in addition to the invited audience on August 9, 2019 at the Charity Gala.
The anniversary celebrations will continue over the next few weeks at Taj Palace, New Delhi. Celebratory donor tables at the hotel’s four award-winning restaurants – Orient Express, Spicy Duck, Masala Art and Capital Kitchen are available for sponsorships until October 31, 2019.
Auction Preview: Delhi
Dates: August 2 to 8, 2019
Timings: 1000 hrs to 1900 hrs
Venue: Lobby, Taj Palace, 2, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi 110021
115 Years Charity Gala in support of the Taj Public Service Welfare Trust
Date: Friday, August 9, 2019
Time: 1900 hrs onwards
Venue: Durbar Hall, Taj Palace, 2, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi 110021