Sarod maestro UstadAmjad Ali Khan`s iconic sarod was among the 16 iconic memorabilia donated by prominent celebrities to have been auctioned here for the purpose of charity.
Actor Rahul Bose, 45, and his NGO – The Foundation, hosted the auction of 16 iconic pieces from the 16 greatest Indians in their respective fields, here last night.
“`The Idea of India` was an auction of iconic memorabilia donated by 16 legendary Indians who with both, their genius and their generosity uphold the ideals that nest within the idea of India – Indians, who with their talent, intellect and world view, making every Indian proud,” Bose said.
The main auction, held at the black tie sit-down evening at a starred hotel here, saw the legends along with some of Mumbai`s glitterati.
The donors, UstadAmjad Ali Khan, JavedAkhtar, ShabanaAzmi, AbhinavBindra, Charles Correa, AmitavGhosh, R K Laxman and Raghu Rai were among the first to arrive.
Legendary cartoonist Laxman made a rare appearance with his wife.
Khan, who arrived with his wife and son Amaan, said he was happy to have contributed for a social cause.
The autographed sarod that went under the hammer at the event was used by him during 1990-2013. It fetched Rs 16 lakh in the auction.
MallikaAdvani conducted the auction taking every bidder through each lot with Rahul narrating a special story associated with each of the memorabilia.