Rahi Gaikwad

MUMBAI: Paintings, sculptures, and indigenous artwork of the Madhubani and kalamkari styles by 60 artists will go under the hammer at Taj Land’s End here on Thursday.

The auction will see reputed names including Tyeb Mehta, Akbar Padamsee, Arpana Caur, and Jaideep Mehrotra. The event, for which registrations began on Monday, is a fundraiser for the Sabrang Trust, which works towards promoting harmony through educational initiatives and policy-level intervention.

“The proceeds will go towards funding our initiative and expand our reach. Seven artists have pledged 100 per cent of the sale amount, while the others have donated 75 and 25 per cent. This is our first public event for raising funds. The response has been overwhelming,” Teesta Setalvad, one of the trustees, said at a press briefing.

Niyatee Shinde, an independent curator who is organising this show, said most artists were from Mumbai.

Scriptwriter and lyricist Javed Akhtar, also a trustee, said one of the issues Sabrang targeted through its programmes were cultural, religious, linguistic, and gender-related biases in school textbooks.