UK FUNDRAISING INITIATIVES
Some Previous Events
JiJ has been holding fundraising events in the UK since 1998. Ranging from shopping evenings and gallery talks to highly successful
oversubsribed major events in London's smartest venues and has gained an enviable reputation of providing incredibly enjoyable evenings for
'Friends of Jaisalmer' - whilst never losing sight of the main objective - the need to raise funds and awareness for its ongoing commitments
INDIA TALK ; AA GILL AT ASIA HOUSE
JiJ’s 2006 fundraiser took place on Thursday 18th May in the sumptuous new headquarter building of Asia House
in London’s New Cavendish Street.
Introduced by JiJ Chairman Mehra Dalton, AA Gill and interviewer Paul Blezard of OneWord Radio held an amusing insightful and at times
irreverent discussion on a wide ranging India theme, touching on food, travel, history and the fascination in which India is held in the
The talk was preceded by a champagne reception, courtesy of Oberoi Hotels and followed by drinks and canapés in the two fine rooms
on the first floor of the recently restored townhouse. Guests from the worlds of business, travel, media and the arts including
Chairman of the Staples Trust Jessica Sainsbury with her husband Peter, Prince Francopan, painter Tobit Roche, authorsChris C aldicott and
Martin Buckley, Zaffar Rushdie, Sloane Ranger Diary author Ann Barr, internationally syndicated astrologer Shelley von Strunckle,
Tatler's Editor-at-Large Nicola Formby, joined chief guests HH The Rajmata of Jaipur and Asia House founder Sir Peter Wakefield
accompanied by Lady Wakefield. The evening raised funds to continue the restoration of Har Raj Ji Ka Mahal, a landmark building
within the fort and now in its second Phase.
MUMBAI'S INDIAN MERCHANT CHAMBER LADIES WING AT KENSINGTON TOWN HALL :2 June 2005 -
For two days in June, Kensington Town Hall shook off its staid Royal Borough image and played host to an eclectic group of India's
most exciting young designers of clothes, accessories and jewellery.
Kicking off on the 2nd with a private view and reception, generously sponsored by Vedanta and hosted by the Ladies'
Wing of the Indian Merchants' Chamber in support of JiJ, the opening night's special preview brought together prominent members of London's
Indian community, fashionistas, Indophiles and JiJ's party-going supporters joining chief guests, Her Highness the Rajmata of Jaisalmer,
His Excellency the Indian High Commissioner accompanied by Mrs Shah, and Baroness Flather to declare open the exhibition of 33 of Mumbai's
cutting edge designers gathered together for the first time in the UK.
Following the welcoming speeches,
an enchanting rendition of the Peacock Dance by exhibitor Meena Mehadevia and the traditional 'lighting of the lamp' by HH the Rajmata,
guests including MP Keith Vaz, author and journalist Polly Devlin, Harpers & Queen Travel Editor Catherine Fairweather and design guru
Andrew Logan were invited to view the special preview before the exhibition opened to the general public.
Whilst some guests carried on partying, the dedicated shoppers amongst them hurried to snap up exclusive jewellery and designer
fashion bargains displayed in the Great Hall extravegantly decked out to resemble an Eastern bazaar. Two hours of shopping later,
with the occasional pit stop to enjoy the drinks and canapes on offer, many guests were seen to leave the party with far more bags than
they arrived with!
(right) Anwar and Kiki Siddiq with IMC's
Mrs Sheila Bhogilal
The exhibition and sale held on the following two days had a large proportion of London's shopaholics beating a path to the town hall door.
Exceeding the target set by the Ladies Wing of 3000 visitors, the exhibitors found themselves literally overwhelmed by eager buyers desperate
to snap up a bargain Indian-glam outfit.
Declared a huge success by everyone involved, it is hoped that this opportunity to highlight India's
leading fashion designers will become an annual event and a looked-forward to part of the London fashion and social calendar
JiJ is grateful to the Ladies' Wing for including them, and to all the guests and supporters who donated c£3,000 towards JiJ's restoration
projects in Jaisalmer, and looks forward to working with the Indian Merchants' Chamber on future fundraising initiatives.
April 2005ART SHOW BY PARESH MAITY IN AID OF JIJ
Paresh Maity’s wonderful sell-out show in Cork Street, sponsored by ICICI Bank and Kiki’s London Contemporary Indian Art, provided an ideal opportunity for JiJ supporters to meet up at the private view held on 26th April. With most of the paintings being snapped up by collectors of contemporary Indian art at the private view, JiJ was most grateful to receive a generous percentage of sales as a donation from the sponsors, promoters and artist.
8 OCTOBER 2004
JIJ EXTRAVAGANZA AT THE V&A
JiJ's 2004 major fundraising
event was held on Friday 8th October in association with the Victoria and Albert
Museum, to celebrate the V&A's autumn exhibition, Encounters:
The Meeting of Asia and Europe 1500-1800.
The highlight of the evening was a
stimulating conversation between two luminaries in the field of film - leading UK critic and broadcaster
Barry Norman together with award winning director
Shekar Kapur discussing the differences (and similarities) between Hollywood and Bollywood and the
diverse influences that resulted in Kapur's Oscar-nominated movie 'Elizabeth'.
JiJ Chairman and Founder Sue Carpenter with guest speaker Barry Norman (left)
INTACH'S Jaislamer Project
Director Bindu Manchanda with guest speaker Shekhar Kapur (right)
Guests of Honour, Their Highnesses the Maharawal and
Maharani of Jaisalmer, accompanied by INTACH Jaisalmer project
Director Bindu Manchanda, newly appointed Director of the Nehru Centre,
Pavan Varma attending
with Mrs Varma and Frau Ursula Matussek, wife of the German Ambassador to
Britain mingled with fellow guests splendidly attired in keeping with
the dress code of 'Extravagantly Indian'.
Other guests, greeted at the Museum's main Cromwell Road entrance by the
traffic-stopping Bollywood Brass Band, included Princess Pignatelli, explorer and travel writer Mark Shand,
Baroness Erika Von Schubert, internationally acclaimed astrologer Shelley von Strunkle,
and West End theatre impressario Michael Ward,
the eagerly awaited musical, 'The Far Pavilions' along with
JiJ's band of committed supporters all
contributing to the continuation of JiJ's tradition of glamorous Indian-themed parties, held
in London's smartest venues.
Following a lavish champapgne reception courtesy of British Airways, Sue Carpenter
the Staples Trust - who have sponsored all phases of the Streetscape Project, and the
evening's main sponsors - India Tourism, Greaves Travel, Cobra Beer, British Airways and Vama Direct for their ongoing
support of the charity's efforts to raise funds and awareness for Jaisalmer, before introducing the two
guest speakers who enthralled the audience with their anecdotes of movie-watching and movie-making.
Supper, an authentic Indian street food experience, was served from Vama Direct's street stalls dotted around the Museum and inside
specially erected luxurious Raj Tent Club marquees in the Pirelli Garden - remaining open exclusively for JiJ guests
before its closure to the public for the foreseeable future.
The Raj Tents, luxuriously decked out with bolsters and floor cushions where guests reclined
Maharaja-like whilst sipping General Bilimoria wine and Cobra Beer and chatting with
fellow guests were a huge draw, providing a relaxing counterpoint to the central dome and
medeival gallery of the museum where the Bollywood Brass Band continued to entertain guests alongside screens
showing the best of Bollywood's musical hits courtesy of Eros Entertainment.
Guests also had the opportunity to take an
unhurried private view of the Encounters exhibition, or listen to an illuminating talk on Sikh jewellery
in the India Galleries from the British Library's Jasleen Khandaria, before joining in the music and entertainment.
SALMAN RUSHDIE AND WILLIAM DALRYMPLE IN CONVERSATION AT CHRISTIE'S
The 2003 autumn social season opened in glittering style with JiJ's eagerly awaited fund-raising event,
a champagne reception and private view of the Arts of India sale at Christie's, King Street, followed by a memorable stage
encounter between writers Salman Rushdie and William Dalrymple, who met for the first time in public over a lively and
provocative discussion that ranged across politics, religion, art and culture and the great bonds that unite and sometimes
divide the cultural mindsets of India and the West.
Held in the presence of HH The Maharawal of Jaisalmer,
the evening's special event sparkled to a backdrop of breathtaking Indian works of art and jewellery, while
guests, sticking splendidly to the dress code of 'Indian
glamour', included HH The Rajmata of Jaipur and the Hon
Jessica Sainsbury, chairman of the Staples Trust
(which has funded all three phases of JiJ's award-winning
Streetscape Project), with husband, Peter, Prince
Also present at the event were The Marchioness of Bute, Lucia Silver of L Boutique and husband Hugo Bulmer,
Princess Lucia Pignatelli and Bollywood composer Biddu.
The evening was introduced by Sue Carpenter, Chairman of Jaisalmer in Jeopardy, the British charity founded to save
the crumbling fortress city in Rajasthan.
Thanking the India Tourism Office,
Greaves Travel and British Airways for their generous sponsorship
of the evening's event, Carpenter highlighted
the need for those in conservation and those in tourism to join hands to save the heritage of the
sights and cities that tourists go to experience.
The funds raised will go to conservation projects
in Jaisalmer fort which are administered on JiJ's behalf by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). INTACH was
represented at the event by Mr S K Misra,
Vice-Chairman and Miss Bindu Manchanda,
Jaisalmer Project Director.
The unlikely star of the evening was the Director of India Tourism, London, Mr Vivek Angra. With great comic timing, he declared that he
had 'tried' to read Salman Rushdie's Booker-prize-winning novel, Midnight's Children, when he was a student. But, he said, gesturing with
his hand flying over his head, it was 'OHT - Overhead transmission'.
In the chair, fielding the conversation between Rushdie and Dalrymple was Paul Blezard of
One Word Radio, Britain's most prolific author-interviewer He maintained the mood of levity set
by Angra, while giving Rushdie rein to dive into
the most controversial of subjects - given the company present - from government corruption
to art smuggling.
Christie's auctioneer William Robinson then
invited bids for one lot - the signed, collected
works of both authors, which together amounted
to 20 books.
Bidding was fast and furious, rapidly topping £1,000, with the collection finally going to Ra Sharma and his
wife Jane Withey for £1,020. Not to be outdone, runners-up including Peter, Prince Francopan, and Mr Asit Chandmal
matched the winning bid in order to secure their own sets of signed books.
With the auction raising over £,4000, the total income for the evening was approximately £18,000.
JiJ would like to thank everyone who helped to make the evening so memorable, in particular its major sponsors,
India Tourism and Greaves Travel