Global Golden Gala


ARTS FOR INDIA held its GOLDEN GALA at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly on the 31st of May 2017. This star-studded fundraiser was attended by philanthropists, artists, film and television celebrities, art lovers and eminent personalities from all over the world, who came together to raise funds to meet the objectives of the charity.

The event, hosted by International Bollywood Star, Amy Jackson, consisted of a champagne reception, dinner, auction and awards ceremony.

The Dayawati Modi Global Awards 2017 were presented to:

  • Vanessa Redgrave for lifetime achievement in the field of cinema, television and theatre
  • Derek O’ Neill for his contributions in the field of philanthropy
  • Kunal Kohli for his contributions in the field of cinema
  • Sachin Joshi for his contributions in the field of philanthropy
  • Kunjue Li (Young Icon) for her contributions in the field of cinema, television and theatre
  • Tamannaah Bhatia (Young Icon) for her contributions in the field of cinema

Amy Jackson commented: “It was a privilege hosting Arts For India’s Golden Gala at BAFTA to celebrate the work it does to help underprivileged young people in India through art. I want to thank this brilliant charity for such a fantastic evening and I am so proud to have been a part of it.”

Satish Modi, Arts For India Founder commented, “Arts For India are so grateful to all our supporters for their continued support.  The Golden Gala has now become a prestigious event combining first class entertainment, star-studded talent and a worthy cause, supporting disadvantaged young people based in India.”





Arts for India charity honored Lord Richard Attenborough posthumously on the 19th Oct 2016 at a special event hosted at BAFTA in London. Lord Richard Attenborough was an English actor, film director, film producer, and politician. As a film director and producer, Sir Attenborough won two Academy Awards for his film on Mahatma Gandhi in 1983.

Speaking on this occasion Satish Modi, philanthropist, author and also the founder of the “Arts for India charity” said, “We feel honored that Lord Richard Attenborough has made the film on the father of the nation Shri Mahatma Gandhi which nobody could have done better”.

Arts for India charity also honored one of the legends of screen and stage – Dame Joan Collins & also a Lifetime Achievement award has been conferred on Indian Actor Mumtaz. World famous actor Kabir Bedi attended the Arts for India charity event to honor Lord Richard Attenborough, at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly in London.

Speaking on this occasion the renowned India actor Kabir Bedi said, “Lord Attenborough remains an iconic figure in world cinema. I first met him at the London Press screening of his Oscar-winning “Gandhi”, where I bowed and touched his feet, Indian style, as a mark reverence. I salute Arts For India for honoring a great British actor, producer and director for his magnificent contributions to the world of films.”

During the event on 19th Oct 2016, BFI showcased never before seen the archive of Indian cinema. Avakian, a Swiss Jewellery House has donated its jewellery to help underprivileged students.

Arts for India charity helps disadvantaged young girls out of poverty through the provision of education in art and creative design to a global standard. Every year, Arts for India charity awards eminent personalities for their outstanding achievement in the field of art, culture, and education.

Previous Arts for India awardees include:

Mother Teresa
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Goldie Hawn
Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy
Amitabh Bachchan
Robert Thurman
Ashok Amritraj

Arts for India (AFI) Charity was launched in London, in 2010 by Satish K Modi sponsors students at IIFA (International Institute of Fine Arts), based in Modinagar, India. More than 4000 children have been given free of charge education so far.

BAFTA is donating one year Academy Circle membership for auction to help raise funds for underprivileged Indian arts students through Arts for India charity.

The following organizations are supporting the event

The British Film Institute (BFI) founded in 1933. It’s a charitable organization which promotes & preserves filmmaking and television in the United Kingdom. The BFI National Archive holds one of the largest film and television collections in the world.

Columbia University School of the Arts: Located in New York City

Pinewood Film Studio.

BAFTA is the British Academy of Film and Television Arts an independent British charity.