Culture Call

HE is best known for Surabhi, India's longest-running cultural television series on Doordarshan. But for documentary filmmaker, TV producer and presenter Siddharth Kak, the journey he embarked upon to preserve India's rich culture is far from over. He leads the non-profit organisation Surabhi Foundation for Research & Cultural Exchange (also known as the Surabhi Foundation) which is organising its first fundraiser called Passionately Indian at the Crystal Room, Taj Mahal Palace & Towers, Colaba on April 12.

The event comprises an auction of art, holiday trips and memorabilia among others. The proceeds will go towards building a Surabhi Living Heritage Centre in Navi Mumbai. "The National Cultural Archive and Outreach (NCAO), as part of the Living Heritage Centre, will have an auditorium, cultural performance hub, media classes, community radio and archival facilities. It will be a definitive cultural gateway to India, giving an opportunity to the younger generation to have an unforgettable experience of India wherever they are," says Kak. Patrons include Sangita Jindal, Prasoon Joshi and Shobhaa De, who will be hosting the event on behalf of The Surabhi Foundation.

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