Viva Calcutta brings Bengal to New York



Children's Hope Gala Viva Calcutta!

Viva Calcutta!


Viva Calcutta – Durga Puja, Bengali Fabrics, Kati Rolls  – & the Howrah Bridge…

Where would you expect to see the Durga Puja Pandals, beautiful Bengali fashions, eat kati rolls and puchkas, and check out the Victoria Memorial and the Howrah Bridge? Calcutta, you say? You’re right – but this is all happening in Calcutta – in New York!

You’ll be in wonderful company as you’ll get to meet and listen to Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, a superb speaker, who is being honored with the Impact Award at the October 13 gala at Pier Sixty organized by Children’s Hope India. Other honorees are human rights activist Mallika Dutt of Breakthrough, gallerist Sundaram Tagore, Member of the Rajya Sabha Derek O’ Brien and the noted fashion designer Rachel Roy.

Viva Calcutta is a sparkling tribute to the dynamic city of Calcutta with its riches of art, culture, fashion and cuisine. Wander into a city bazaar, take a photograph near the Victoria Memorial and enjoy the food, colors and sights of Calcutta in New York!

Popular TV personality Tinku Jain will be Master of Ceremonies. Over 500 guests including Ambassador Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, Consul General of India, and Ali Velshi, host of Al Jazeera America’s Real Money with Ali Velshi, are expected to attend the event.



The kids of Children's Hope India

The gala benefits the kids of Children’s Hope India


Viva Calcutta – A Celebration of Fashion, Culture & Cuisine

Children’s Hope India’s 2013 annual Gala – Viva Calcutta! is  A Celebration of Fashion, Culture and Cuisine, to be held at Pier Sixty in Manhattan.  This year Calcutta as the theme of the gala to highlight the many projects CHI has in the city which target health and education via heart surgeries for children, balwadis or learning centers in the slums and a clinic for the treatment of  HIV positive children of sex workers.

Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi


Indra Nooyi, Chairman of PepsiCo,  is Special Guest

This year the special guest is Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo who will receive the Impact Award. She is regarded as one of the most powerful women in the world, known equally for corporate achievement and for improving the world around her.  

Mallika Dutt, President of Breakthrough, the human rights organization, will receive the  CH Making a Difference Award for her innovative work. The Spirit of Bengal Awards will go to three noted personalities – Sundaram Tagore, noted gallerist and descendent of the Tagore family; Rachel Roy – fashion designer and philanthropist;   Derek O Brien, Member of the Rajya Sabha and prominent TV host.

Two decades ago Children’s hope India  started as a small group of women professionals hoping to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children. Now in 2013 Children’s Hope India has over 20 projects across India impacting over 250,000 children, looking after their health, education and vocational training.  Details of the gala are at

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Lavina Melwani is a New York-based journalist who writes for several international publications. [email protected] & @lassiwithlavina Sign up for the free newsletter to get your dose of Lassi!

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