Category Archives: All for a good cause

Paint Nite Donation

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I worked for Paint Nite Toronto for 7 great months! I learnt a lot, and accumulated boxes of beginner level paintings! I decided to donate these paintings to my United Way Charity Auction at work, and the Handicare International Charity Auction in November. Not only will I donate to two great causes, but I will also clear space in my parents garage :) Win Win!

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Of course, since most of these paintings were completed in less than 20 minutes, each painting may not fetch much. However, I hope to gain some power in numbers:)

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

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I wish all of you a very very happy Ganesh Chaturthi :) My mom is currently making appams at home, and my sister has been texting me pictures (Awful!). I can’t wait to go home and celebrate with them!

A few weeks ago, my temple had approached me to paint a few permanent Kolams (South Indian Rangoli like Designs) onto the floor of the temple. I quickly accepted their offer! Not only did it seem like a really fun project, but I also hold this specific temple very close to my heart. 

I have many kolams to go, but here are a few I have already started working on. The large one is approximately 5.5 feet x 5.5 feet, and the others are 2.5 x 2.5 feet. 

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Christmas Face Painting

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I had the phenomenal opportunity to volunteer as a face painter for a Christmas Party at my workplace. I must have painted over 100 cute little faces, and in between all the madness, I was able to photograph a few. Kids really do ask for the darnedest things, but they are so easily pleased. Nothing like a 100 happy kids to put you in a Christmas Spirit :)

PS. Not all of these kids were girls! I had my share of spidermans, lions and tigers. Of course, all the boys were too excited about roaring like lions and spewing out powerful webs to pose for photos.

Buddha Face Painting

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For the Handicare International fundraiser, I had donated this Buddha painting for their silent auction. This is actually the first oil painting I have done with no reference photograph! This simple Indian inspired painting raised $61 for the cause :)

Toronto Skyline at Night

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In July, we went on a party cruise in Toronto to celebrate a friends birthday. We got to view the Toronto skyline at night, and it inspired me to do this next painting. I donated this painting to to the Annual Handicare International Fundraiser for their silent auction, and it raised $50!

Also, it was brought to my attention that this photograph looks exceptionally blue. The contrasts in the original painting are definitely much better.

Maa

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As mentioned in this post about our Annual Charity Talent night, I not only performed one song along with Stephen and Nick, but I performed two! Our second song called “Maa” from the Hindi Movie Taare Zameen Par. This song was originally composed by Shankar-Ehsan-Loy and sung by Shankar Mahadevan himself (Who was introduced in this post), so though I could never even compare to that kindof amazingness, here is my own humble attempt.

The tempo did start a little slow, but I personally thing the song still turned out great. Stephen and Nick provided some amazingly soulful music, which really fit well with the song.

A couple of years ago, I recorded this song along with a Karaoke I found online and sent it to my mom for mothers day. She was so happy!

 

Boulevard of Broken Dreams

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In March of 2011, back when I was on the Math Society at my University, we raised over $650 for the local women shelter. And we did it all in ONE evening thanks to the Annual Charity Talent Night. The Charity Talent night was not only for a great cause, but it was also very entertaining!

Myself, Stephen and Nick banded together for the first time after “Hallelujah” in 2010. We performed two songs, and the first one was Boulevard of Broken dreams. In all honestly, my role in this song was practically non-existent, and the full credit goes to Steve and Nick. I did enjoy singing the Harmony on the chorus though. Steve taught it to me, and it sounded great! Though Steve, Nick and myself are in three different cities doing three different things, we had a great time when we were all at University together and I hope that it’s not the last time we can all jam :)

So the video was a little bit off sync, and it looks like we’re awkwardly talking for the entire video. I promise it was us!

I will be posting the second song shortly. I know this is already a huge delay, but there was a problem with the video format and I had to do some converting and editing. Which is why the video got a little messed up and my posting got delayed. As soon as the second part is done I will post it :)

Enjoy!

Raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society

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This year, a friend and I were co-captains for a Relay for Life team. Relay for Life is hosted annually at my University, where students walk/jog the outdoor track from 7PM-7AM to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. This was my second year participating in the relay, and my interest was spurred by a good friend of mine that passed away from cancer in November 2009.

Our team, “Team Pi” raised around $2000.00, and I personally managed to raise close to $350. During our money-raising period, the co-captain and I put together a VERY quick, and if I must say VERY artistic, money collector made out of a paper coffee cup. I am also being VERY sarcastic when I call this artistic. We managed to raise over $50.00 by just collecting spare change from our small math classes. To those of you who donated, thank you for contributing towards a great cause :) I am definitely going to miss such spirited university events now that I am done!

Don’t worry, I wasn’t going to write an entire post without something artsy in it! Here is our money collecting cup :)