Give a child crayons and paper and they will create
a multicolored flower or sunrise or rainbow using every last colour available in
the box. But not children with leukemia. Time after time, during the play group
CPAA runs for children suffering from cancer, when we put a paint brush in their
hands, they choose the browns, the greys and the blacks reflecting the
atmosphere, the tension, the pain they and their family go through. Their
situation is doubly tragic because they often suffer from conditions which could
be treated and cured....if only they received proper treatment. Treatment which
unfortunately, is expensive and prolonged.
As you know, CPAA has been working for the past 35 years towards the 'Total
Management of Cancer" as a disease. We have come across many children who fought
their disease with courage and cheer and who proved to be an inspiration for us
rather than the other way around. They were the premier motivational factor
behind the fund raising art exhibition, "Colours of Life".
We named this exhibition "Colours of Life" because children suffering from
cancer are denied the colours we take for granted. The exhibition was an attempt
to raise funds for the treatment of children suffering from cancer. We first hit
upon this idea last year but the stars were apparently not in our favour. This
year all the elements fell in place. Ms. Phiroza Godrej of Cymroza consented to
give us the use of her gallery. Ms. Niyatee Shinde of Turmeric Earth gave her
valuable time, energy, boundless wisdom and experience to curate the exhibition.
Mr.Piyush Pandey of O&M agreed to design our catalogue. Mr.Khurshed Poonawalla
of Comart photographed the works and Jehangir Surti of Prodon printed the
catalogue and the invitation. Fifty eight renowned artists, despite their
extremely busy schedule, were kind enough to donate their work for this
exhibition. Mr. K.B.S Anand of Asian Paints agreed to sponsor the catalogue and
when the cost exceeded expectations, gave us what we required more. We
encountered goodness and generosity at all
steps and our gratitude to them cannot be expressed in words.
The exhibition was inaugurated on the 15th March by the Honourable Governor of
Maharashtra, Shri S.M. Krishna and was well attended. Over the next three days,
most of the works were snapped up by art lovers from all walks of life. As a
result, we were able to raise substantial funds which will enable us to meet our
goal of creating a fund for treatment of children suffering from cancer. Our
heart felt thanks to all the generous caring people who supported our cause.