'Bharat' raises funds for World Heritage Project; launched with reception

TORONTO, ON SEPT 14, 2007 - A photography exhibition titled 'Bharat', exploring the heritage, culture and people of India, on from Sept 1 - Oct. 31 at the National Film Board of Canada, in downtown Toronto.

More than 400 guests attended the opening reception on Sep. 5.

Consul General of India in Toronto Satish Mehta; Fashion Television's Glen Baxter, and Scotia Bank's Robert Finlay were among the special guests at the event.

"This was our first event in Toronto. We plan on holding four Toronto events per year. We have also done two major concerts in Chennai and Bangalore" Sandy Reimer, photographer and founder chairman of the World Heritage Project (WHP) which organized the project, told Desi Talk.

The exhibition features portrait photographer Mary Ellen Mark, National Geographic s Steve McCurry and Toronto photographers Jag Gundu, Reimer, and Malcolm Armstrong.

The exhibit is expected to help raise funds for WHP through sales of images and online auction of images (www.worldheritageproject.org) and various other "so that we connect with like-minded people who are interested in partnering with us," Reimer said. Proceeds will also be invested in communities and host countries where the projects are conducted, for environmental, educational, social and medical assistance for the needy.

"Through the dynamic media of photography, film, music and other artistic expressions, we are creating the greatest celebration of our planet," the WHP said in a press release. "In doing so, we will be an example of a unique model of social entrepreneurship."

The founder also proposes to create an advisory board that represents WHP in countries around the world. Reimer said, "The next couple of years are communed to India, its women and children." She said WHP and the World Literacy Programme in Toronto are planning a joint project.

This article originally appeared in Desi Talk September 14, 2007.