With the intention of celebrating, promoting and facilitating the ART and ARTISTS of India, Kiran Joneja Sippy- Bollywood actor, producer and wife of eminent film director, Ramesh Sippy, officially be launched RESPOND foundation on the 26th of July, Hyatt Regency, Andheri(E), Mumbai. Extending their support, noted guests such as veteran actor turned politician Shatrughan Sinha, politicians Praful Patel, V. N. Dhoot, Ashwani Kumar, film director Madhur Bhandarkar, Bhushan Kumar and his wife, Divya, Kishen Kumar, veteran actor Kabir Bedi and daughter Pooja Bedi, theatre personality Lillette Dubey, Sharon Prabhakar, actors Ayushmaan Khurrana, Isha Koppikar, Divya Dutta, Suchitra Krishnamurty, Suchitra Pillai, Preeti & Parvin Dabas, Rhea Chakraborty, musicians Adnan Sami, Anu Malik, Sunidhi Chauhan, Bappi Lahiri, Madhu Nigam(Sonu Nigam’s wife) Socialites Debbie Hitkari, Priyanka Thakurwa, Neelam Shah, designer Neeta Lulla, dress designer Rohit Verma, jewellery designer Poonam Soni, socialite Pooja and her husband, famous lawyer, Vikram Nankarni, actor Sheeba and her director husband Akashdeep, famous painter Lalita Lajmi, Art historian Dr. Saryu Doshi, Industrialists Kishore & Beena Chhabria, Shalini & Dilip Piramal, Sunil Lulla and his wife Krishika Lulla, Dr. Rishma & Dr. Hrishikesh Pai, journalists, Bharti Pradhan, Bhawana Somaaya and Manmohan Shetty graced the evening with their presence amongst many others of the city’s finest.
An art & culture enthusiast and a painter herself, Kiran will also be showcasing some of her paintings at the event, amidst the company of her husband, Ramesh Sippy, and some of the country’s finest Bollywood celebrities, amongst many prolific others from the field of Sports, Politics, Business.
“Philanthropy is a sense of love for humanity; and help and care is needed everywhere. In response to the need for preserving and promoting our ‘cultural art’, the purpose and thought ‘Respond’, begins”, says Kiran.
The foundation, Kiran’s brainchild, is an initiative which will serve as a platform to support and showcase various forms art and its artist, of the Indian origin. Be it sculptors, painters, singers, musicians, or any other form of artistry, each will be promoted through RESPOND, every year, across the cities of India.
The first season of ‘Respond’ starts kick starts in Mumbai this year, followed by the next season premiere in Bengaluru, in 2014, wherein the cities artists will get to showcase their work. Similarly, every year, a new city will be selected and brought to the forefront, where RESPOND will be a catalyst in bringing a talent ahead.