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Monday, May 11, 2009

Celebrities for acid survivors

Purple and ASF to hold a fundraising exhibition

The Daily Star / May 11, 2009

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary (on May 12) of Acid Survivors' Foundation (ASF), the organisation is collaborating with Purple, a monthly English magazine, and holding a painting exhibition, says a press release. Proceeds from the exhibition, featuring artworks by celebrities, will go to ASF funds. 

Participating artists are acclaimed writer/director Humayun Ahmed, actress Bipasha Hayat, actor-admaker Afzal Hossain, singer-interior designer Nasim Ali Khan, ad executive Neville Ferdous and news presenter Mishu Rahman (also the editor of Purple). Though they have attained fame in different fields, these celebrities share a passion for the arts and for some of them, this is the first exhibition of their artworks.

The exhibition will be held at the Standard Chartered Bank, Gulshan Avenue, Dhaka, starting from March 17 to 22. Standard Chartered Bank is sponsoring the venue for the event. Participating celebrity artists will attend the inaugural on May 17. Artworks are priced between Tk 5,000 to 20,000. 

Purple editor Mishu Rahman said that Acid Survivors' Foundation is engaged in a mission that is necessary and has acquired acclaim internationally. Purple is eager to highlight the advancement of Bangladesh to the world and this exhibition would definitely generate positive energy among those who are fighting for this cause, and those who want to speak out against acid violence by helping ASF.

ASF has been working towards helping acid victims and generating awareness against the crime since 1999. The ultimate goal of the organisation is to eliminate acid violence from Bangladesh.


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