|Actor Kunal Kapoor, who also helms|
Ketto.org, will be the main attraction
at a charity dinner being hosted at
The Corner Courtyard, Kolkata,
on Feb. 18 night for SOS
By Sourish Bhattacharyya
KOLKATA is all set to see another side of actor Kunal 'Rang De Basanti' Kapoor, who was called India's Matthew McConaughey by the New York Times for his recent performance in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana.
Kapoor, along with Mumbai-based entrepreneurs Varun Sheth and Zaheer Adenwala, helms the not-for-profit online crowd fund-raising portal called Ketto.org and it is in this avatar that he will be in Kolkata on February 18 night to support the SOS Children's Village.
The actor will be the main attraction at a five-course charity dinner at The Corner Courtyard, a 110-year-old house that has been transformed into a pretty new boutique hotel on Sarat Bose Road, and garnering positive reviews for its chic world cuisine restaurant, The Rouge. Chef Rohan D'Souza has created a special menu for the occasion to get Kolkata fishing for its wallet for a good cause. The Indian Restaurant Spy is proud to be the fundraiser's blogging partner.
Founded on August 15, 2012, and a recipient of the Google Grants Award, Ketto.org is a one-of-its-kind online platform that allows individuals and NGOs working for social causes to promote their projects and raise grants either through individual donations or via fundraisers. It's a unique space that brings people closer to the causes they would like to support, and connects like-minded individuals and organisations working towards positive change.
The Corner Courtyard, a brainchild of Megha Aggarwal, about whom you'll read more later, has seven very different, picture-perfect rooms themed around colours such as vermilion (reminiscent of the sindoor that every Bengali married woman flaunts on her forehead) and cadmium (the colour of Kolkata's taxi tops), with period furniture and nostalgia-laden black-and-white pictures evoking images of old Kolkata. I am really looking forward to staying at this charming little hotel in a corner of one of the arterial roads of the eastern metropolis.
Kunal Kapoor, an old world hotel, world cuisine and a good cause -- the combination couldn't get any better.