NDTV and Tata Sky host a telethon to help rebuild Kerala

28 Aug,2018

By A Correspondent


As Kerala struggles to rebuild after the most devastating floods in a century, The NDTV – Tata Sky initiative, in partnership with Dabur, organised a special telethon to raise funds for Kerala. The effort was to enable the rebuilding of villages in the three worst-affected districts and provide immediate assistance in terms of rehabilitation and food kits to people in the worst affected areas.


The telethon was held on Sunday 26 August at the Trident Hotel, BKC, Mumbai with guests and donations coming in from across the country. Joining NDTV hosts Vikram Chandra and Nidhi Kulpati and lending their support to this cause were Union Ministers, Nitin Gadkari and KJ Alphons; Dr Rajiv Kumar and Amitabh Kant from Niti Ayog; Chief Ministers Pinarayi Vijayan, Conrad Sangma, N Biren Singh, Raman Singh, Naveen Patnail and Devendra Fadnavis; State Ministers and politicians Thomas Isaac, Khushbu Sundar, Priya Dutt, Aditya Thackeray and Shashi Tharoor.


Also lending their support were Bollywood film and music celebrities Raveena Tandon, Rana Daggubati, Javed Akhtar, Manisha Koirala, Resul Pookutty, Jimmy Shergill, Abhishek Bachchan, Anand Rai, Sonakshi Sinha, Nandita Das, Mudassar Aziz, Shruti Haasan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayan Ali Bangash. Singers Sonal Kalra, Ankur Tewari, Shaan, Tochi Raina, Kanika Kapoor, Hariharan, Shilpa Rao, Purbayan Chatterjee, Jasbir Jassi, Indian Idol participants Nitin Kumar and Renu Nagar sang and played during the six hour telethon.


Col Aman Anand, Wing Cdr Anupam Banerjee and Captain DK Sharma, spokespersons from the Army, Air Force and Navy; Environmentalists Chandra Bhushan from CSE, Rishi Aggarwal and Vimlendu Jha; animal rescue activist Anand Siva; Dr Sandeep Gore, Fortis Hospital; Columnist Anil Dharkar; Cricketer VVS Laxman; former Indigo Airlines President Aditya Ghosh and Mohammed Asif from Plan India also lent their support to this campaign.


Child artist Aarav Verma made a painting on the set to raise funds, which was bought by Arti Agarwal of Faber Castell; children from Uday Foundation donated their pocket money and R Abhilash and his techies group described their contribution to rebuilding Kerala.



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