Jumbo Welcome: 101 artist designed elephants enter the City of Mumbai through the Gateway of India.
The three-week city-wide public exhibition marked by an official launch of the first ever Elephant Parade in India.
Politicians, celebrities, artists and designers came together at the Gateway of India Mumbai, where a stunning display of 101 artistic elephants were assembled to celebrate the launch of the first ever Elephant Parade India. The elephants will be paraded across the city in a series of public art exhibitions and simultaneously be sold at an online auction on Paddle8, online auction partner, going live on Wednesday 28 February 2018.
Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra inaugurated the parade with Smt. Maneka Gandhi, Hon’ble Minister of Women and Child Development & Founder, People for Animals and Smt. Poonam Mahajan, Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and Parade Ambassador.
The inauguration was attended by key supporters of Elephant Family including Natasha Poonawalla, Vikram Goyal and Beenu Bawa along with artists, designers and celebrities including Rohit Bal, Ashiesh Shah, Michelle Poonawalla, Aradhana Seth, Mozez Singh, Mehr Rampal, Dhruvi Acharya, Pranab Das, Jennifer Winget and Sehban Azim. Dr Sandeep Kr Tiwari, of the Wildlife Trust of India – Elephant Family’s biggest conservation partner and the organisation pioneering the 101 corridor solution for India’s elephants also attended.

Created as part of the UK India Year of Culture, Elephant Parade India is organised by Elephant Family in association with Good Earth and in partnership with the Wildlife Trust of India. The sales generated through the online auction will raise funds to secure 101 crucial Indian elephant corridors, the pathways that elephants depend upon to get from one forest feeding ground to the next.
The exhibition dates and venues across the city of Mumbai include:
  • March 2 – 6 :  Priyadarshini Park, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel; Shri Siddhivinayak Temple, Radio One Mumbai, Lower Parel; Sophia college for women
  • March 3 – 7: Worli Seaface
  • March 8-11: R City mall Ghatkopar; Phoenix Market City Kurla, Grand Hyatt-Kalina
  • March 14-18: Carter Road Beach and Amphitheatre; Bandra Fort; Infiniti Malls Malad & Andheri; Oberoi Mall; Taj Land’s End, Bandra; Bombay Art Society, Bandra
Ruth Ganesh, Trustee Elephant Family, “We dreamed of the Gateway oIndia toto launch our herd and never quite believed it would come true. Today made us feel like children in a sweetshop on a sugar high. Thank you and get ready Mumbai – these elephants will bring you so much joy.”
Poonam Mahajan, Parade Ambassador “Having worked as an environmentalist and animal lover for so long, I was thrilled to be approached by the Elephant Family to support the same cause which we have been working on with People for Animals for Asiatic Elephants. It’s important to us as over the past 100 years we’ve lost 90% of Asian Elephants, and now as nature, the environment and human beings all co-exist together, awareness is now coming, and it is time for action. By showcasing these beautifully painted 101 elephants by renowned artists and designers all across the city of Mumbai we are bringing everyone together to increase that awareness. Through this initiative, we’d like to raise significant funds to help India’s 101 corridors for elephants, and build the crucial rescue centers around the forests that are so needed. This wonderful art exhibition in Mumbai that we have launched is the first step and the exhibition is open to all Mumbaikars .”

List of participants
Abha Narain Lambah Gunjan Gupta Rakesh Kumar Memrot
Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla Hanif Kureshi Ravi Vazirani
Adil Ahmad His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur, Marwar Rekha Rodwittiya
Alexis Barrell for The Bamfords His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh Ji Bahadur of Jaipur Rohit Bal
Alexis Myre His Highness Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh Ji Bahadur of Jaipur and Samir Kasliwal, The Gem Palace, Jaipur Sabyasachi Mukherjee
Amitabh Bachchan Jason Woodside Sanjay Puri
Amrapali JCB Seema Kohli
Anita Dongre Kalyan Joshi Shah Rukh Khan and Abram Khan.
Anushka Khanna Kavita Singh Sharmila Samant
Aradhana Seth Kayzad Shroff, Rooshad Shroff and Maria Leon Sheela Gowda
Arunkumar H G Klove Design Smt. Vasundhara Raje by Adil Ahmad
Arzan Khambatta Krsnaa Mehta Sonal Ambani
Ashiesh Shah Krupa Zubin and Zubin Zainuddin Studio Chiang Mai
Atelier of Pichvai Tradition & Beyond L N Tallur Suhasini Kejriwal
Barbara Bilotta Lado Bai Sujith S N
Bhajju Shyam Manish Arora Sumant Jayakrishnan
Brinda Miller Manish Malhotra Suneet Varma with Prateek Dubey
Chittrovanu Mazumdar Manisha Gera Baswani Sunu Aibara and Phirosa Neterwala
Christian Louboutin Marie-Anne Oudejans Surbhi Modi
Curtis Culig Marissa Bridge Sussanne Khan
David Yarrow Mary Mattingly Tarun Tahiliani
Dhruvi Acharya Masaba Gupta Tayeba Begum Lipi
Dileep Sharma Michelle Poonawalla Tejal Gala
Divya Thakur Miljan Suknovic Tommy Zung
Ellen Ball Monisha Jaising Tushar Joag
Elsie Nanji & Ayesha Broacha Mozez Singh & Mehr Rampal in collaboration with Six Inch Technology Umang Hutheesing
Fumiko Toda Nicobar Valay Shende
G R Iranna Payal Singhal Varun Bahl
Gaurav Gupta Peter D’Ascoli Veer Munshi
Gayatri Sekhri Prabhakar Pachpute & Rupali Patil Vibha Galhotra
Geoff Studios Pranab Das Vijay Sadashiv Mashe for Tribal Art Forms
George Martin Princess Pea Vikram Goyal
Good Earth Rahul Mishra Vinita Chaitanya

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