On the 24th of May 2018, Arts for India held a fund raising event, ‘Supporting the Arts’ at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London.

Philanthropists, celebrities and renowned personalities from the world of art, fashion, education and cinema participated in the event and offered their support to the charity.

The Auction of donated art and other items added on to the funds raised that evening – to help needy young artists in India to get higher education in the fields of art, fashion, design and cinema.

At the event, the Dayawati Modi Global Awards were also presented to a few distinguished people for their contributions in the fields of Art, Culture, Education and Philanthropy. The awardees for 2018 were Paul Golding, Fischer Cherry and Rachel Shenton.

The Royal Drawing School, London, also put up an exhibition and sale of beautiful paintings by alumni of the School who had earlier taught at the International Institute of Fine Arts, India. The works of art on display were appreciated by all present at the event.

Overall, a very successful event that went on to raise awareness and funds for underprivileged students in India – to help them get the education they deserve.


Arts for India Charity Event 2018 London BAFTA Highlights

Arts for India has signed an Agreement with SQYADF China

Arts for India has signed an Agreement with Shanghai QinheYuzhou Aging Development Foundation, China, who have given US$1.00 million for funding the workshop of 10 Indian students every year for 10 years in China.

The first of these 10-day workshops, ‘ The Sino – India Yuzhou charitable scholarship for Arts programme’, was held in Shanghai in September 2017. Ten students from IIFA had a very successful visit to Shanghai and benefitted immensely from the workshops with master artists who taught them many arts practiced in Chinese style. These workshops will certainly go a long way in enhancing the cultural exchange between India and China.

The Golden Gala in aid of Arts For India at BAFTA London


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.”



Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7 PM - 1 AM UTC+01

BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, W1J 0 London, United Kingdom




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.


INDIXIA Asia at Bonhams, Hong Kong – March 10, 2016.

March 10, 2016

Bonhams, Hong Kong


Presentation of the Dayawati Modi Awards at INDIXIA Asia, Hong Kong


A Swiss-Indian Night

23rd of June 2015

Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich

A Swiss-Indian Night: an event organized jointly by Arts for India and the Zurich University of the Arts to support the collaboration between the International Institute of Fine Arts Modinagar (IIFA) and Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) held on the 23rd of June 2015 at the Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich.



Indian Art Week

6th - 13th June 2015


This exciting week comes to London through Arts For India. We are inviting all the most prestigious institutions, public associations, artists and private collectors in London to host a series of events to celebrate Indian Arts as a whole: Art, fashion, cinema, design We want you to see and experience the reasons why India art is so special. Come and enjoy the events based in the centre of London during this summer and celebrate Indian arts with us. This week will be full of colours, music, shows, screenings, etc. Don’t miss out!
To learn more about the 2015 events and get your tickets click the register button or visit

By giving 5 a month to Arts For Indian you will join our VIP list and be invited to all the exclusive events, its very simple, just click the donate now button on top of that page and follow the instructions.
We can’t wait to see you!

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USA launch

April 26th 2012

the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City

April 26th 2012 saw the launch of international arts charity Arts for India (AFI) at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The guest list included elite individuals & corporate representatives who flew from international waters. The glow of evening was none other than the Guest of Honor, Actress and Philanthropist, Goldie Hawn. Goldie Hawn was given the Dayawati Modi Award for her dedication in the field of Art, Culture and Education. Mark Shand, Conservationalist and founder of Elephant Family, was also one of the key guests in the evening.

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Arts for india was launched at an event held at the Kensington Palace, London in October 2010