ALL IN FOR INDIA: The first New York installment of INDIXIA has launched to help underprivileged children in India who are interested in getting a higher education in fashion, design or cinema.

Pooling international supporters who specialize in fine art, design, fashion. cinema and philanthropy, INDIXIA supports Arts For India, the charity was started by Satish Modi in the U.K. in 2010. The agency receives educational support by the University of the Arts London and the Prince’s Drawing School, London. Through Arts for India’s four-year scholarship program, a donor sponsors one needy student artist at the International Institute of Fine Arts. Each year 100 underprivileged students benefit from the program.

Aiming to help as many impoverished Indian students as possible, Modi said, “By giving them the opportunity to study, they, especially women, can escape arranged marriages. With education, they are then able to make informed choices in their lives and have a much better chance and brighter future.”

As part of the first edition of INDIXIA in New York, Nicole Miller and Columbia University Professor and Tibet House U.S. president Robert Thurman will be honored Wednesday at Bonhams. They will be joined by what is expected to be a strong showing by the fashion crowd including Charles Fagan, Buffy Birrittella, Jenna Lyons, Uniqlo’s LeAnn Nealz, Fiore Argento and Istvan Francer. Guests will also help to honor filmmaker Mira Nair, Jonathan Tibett and in memoriam Mark Shand, the brother of Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

The multitiered program will include an art and fashion exhibition Wednesday night at Bonhams’ Madison Avenue location. Special works have been donated by Oriano Galloni, George Lewis, Fischer Cherry, Alessi Reggiani and George Spencer among others. There will also be one-offs created thanks to collaborations between fashion designers and students including Edmund Castillo, Uniqlo, Stubbs and Wooton, Jeffrey Rudes, Fiorentini + Baker, Azada and Mialika for an auction. The pairings may lead to commercial production of select items, according to Indelible Impact president Myra Magaletta, who is also Arts For India’s development strategist.

INDIXIA is an offshoot of India Art Week, which debuted last year in London. INDIXIA will be staged in Hong Kong in March and in London in June, and smaller gatherings might be held in Los Angeles in February during Oscar week.

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