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"Kaifi Aur Main" at the fund-raising dinner of the Woman's India Association UK

Britain’s oldest Asian charity had a very successful fund raising evening on the 6th December ‘06 at the New London Theatre in Covent Garden. Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi brought to the city, on the final leg of their international tour, glimpses of her celebrated parents in the play “Kaifi aur Main”.

Jaswinder Singh, finalist of Sa Re Ga Ma accompanied by his musicians

The evening was co - sponsored by Barclays, Cobra Beer and Eastern Eye. It was attended and enjoyed equally by Indian and Pakistani socialites as well as theatre - lovers who welcomed the opportunity to quench their thirst for Urdu poetry of days gone by. It was followed by dinner with the stars at the newly opened “Tamarai” restaurant, London’s new hub for food, art and theatre buffs.

Frances Malhotra, incoming Chairman of WIA said “At the heart of our work, is the aim of our founder, Vijaya Laxmi Pandit, to facilitate Indo – British relations, and create opportunities for the Asian community, in London, to meet, while raising awareness and funds for the empowerment education and upliftment of women and children. The WIA is a group of ordinary women trying to do extra ordinary things. We are honoured to have been associated with a production of this caliber”.

Shabana Azmi & Javed Akhtar

L to R: Anushka Dhawan, Yogi Mehta, Reeta Mehta &Ashok Dhawan

L to R: Kiran Kumar, Gita Tandon & Sangeeta Talukdar

Sunita (past chairman)& Joginder Sanger

Ambar and Gauri Paul

Lord Karan Bilimoria with Asha Khilnani

L to R:: Anjali Bhandari (Social Sec. WIA), Ruchi Nanda, Raj Nayyar (ex-chairman WIA),
Varsha Gohil & Frances Malhotra (Chairman WIA)

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