Rahul Bose's NGO, The Foundation, has launched an initiative "The Idea of India", an auction of 16 iconic memorabilia donated by 16 legendary Indians.
To be held on February 22, the auction will see actress-social activist Shabana Azmi's gold medal for best student in acting at FTII in 1973, top shooter Abhinav Bindra's Olympic gold medal winning rifle, Beijing, 2008 and actor Aamir Khan's autographed Bundi (jacket) from his film Lagaan among other memorabilia going under the hammer.
"The founding idea of free India was that ours would be a country where every citizen mattered, every Indian would be cherished by the state regardless of class, caste or religion. It is this idea that these 16 Indians have actively upheld all their lives," said Rahul.
The chief guest at the press conference held to announce the initiative was tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain who will donate a set of tablas.
Bose's foundation, which he started in 2006, travels to furthest outposts such as The Andamans & Nicobar Islands and Manipur and offers 15-year scholarships to six children from each region starting from grade 6 upto employability.
In picture: Rahul Bose and Zakir Hussain with the tabla set donated by Zakir.