Third edition of ‘Proud Fathers for Daughters’ concludes successfully

Third edition of ‘Proud Fathers for Daughters’ concludes successfully

Third edition of ‘Proud Fathers for Daughters’ concludes successfully


Ace photographers Atul Kasbekar, Prasad Naik & Colston Julian capture father-daughter moments with Saiyami Kher, Pooja Hedge and Mahesh Bhupathi 

Ace photographers Atul Kasbekar, Prasad Naik and Colston Julian came together at Mehboob Studios, Bandra on October 15 and 16, to support the cause of girl child education by raising funds for Project Nanhi Kali. As part of this unique initiative – titled Proud Fathers For Daughters – the three photographers captured the unique and loving bond between various fathers and daughters.


Actors Saiyami Kher and Pooja Hedge attended the event with their fathers to lend their support to girl child education and Project Nanhi Kali. India’s top tennis player, Mahesh Bhupathi and his daughter Saira also created some magical moments for the expert lenses of the three photographers.

Indian Idol Meiyang Chang supported Proud Fathers For Daughters by gifting this photo-op to a friend’s husband and daughter. This year 9 Nanhi Kalis and their fathers were gifted the photo-op by generous donors.


At the end of two days 126 father-daughter duos and 9 Nanhi Kalis had posed for their portraits. The funds raised at this event will support 275 Nanhi Kalis!

“The Proud Fathers for Daughters event is one of the most endearing events at Project Nanhi Kali . It truly is heart-warming to see the fathers thoroughly enjoying the event with their daughters while our celebrity photographers capture beautiful portraits. We remain indebted to Atul Kasbekar who helped us conceptualise this innovative way to spread awareness and raise funds for the cause. We are especially grateful to Atul and Colston Julian and Prasad Naik who spent the entire weekend taking amazing photos without charging any fee. We are also extremely grateful to all the people who have chosen to support us by registering for this photo-op or gifting one to their friends and Nanhi Kalis. This has enabled us to support 275 more Nanhi Kalis and secure them with a brighter future” says Sheetal Mehta, Trustee and Executive Director, K.C. Mahindra Education Trust.

The event was the 3rd edition of the successful campaign that began in 2014 and saw Atul Kasbekar and Dabboo Ratnani clicking father-daughter pairs. Many top celebrities have also lent their support to this initiative in the past by posing for Atul Kasbekar’s expert lens. They include Anil Kapoor and daughter Sonam Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and daughter Ridhima Kapoor, Javed Akhtar and daughter Zoya Akhtar, Sachin Tendulkar and daughter Sara Tendulkar, Leander Paes and daughter Ayana, as well as Alyque Padamsee and daughters Raell and Shazahn Padamsee.