White doves with green olive branches flew spreading their wings with grace. The tri-colour proudly stood tall. The common man saluted soldiers with pride. The peacock spread his wings reflecting the mood of a true Indian. The flowers bloomed smiling at the sun in a landscape where the rainbow was in tri-colour. In other words, the Carter Road promenade in Bandra overflew with energy and enthusiasm on Republic Day morning as over 300 children from various slum areas in Mumbai turned up to participate in an art camp organized by Rouble Nagi Art Foundation and the NGO, Pratham. Actor and former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, accompanied by daughter Alisah, who also participated in the camp.
Sushmita Sen thanked Rouble Nagi for making her a part of the art camp initiative. “The hope and happiness,” she said “Rouble brings to these awesome children is overwhelming!” About the art camp, she enthused, “Children symbolize celebration. Everything about them… their energy levels, innocent beliefs… is all about celebration. The kids today have drawn flowers, pigeons, peacocks to say that we want our country to be peaceful, and this, in itself, is a commendable thought!”
Added Artist-Philanthropist Rouble Nagi, “Today’s children are tomorrow’s citizens. The Rouble Nagi Art Foundation [RNAF] Republic Day art camp’s aim is to instil patriotism, confidence and hone artistic abilities of the children from Mumbai slums and provide them with equal educational opportunities. Sushmita Sen is one of the kindest people I have come across, her warmth and genuineness of approach and her special love for children known. I am glad she found time to come, support and participate in this Rouble Nagi Art Foundation Republic Day art camp, making it a grand success.”