Standard Chartered Private Bank Launches 'Art for Sight' PR Newswire MUMBAI, October 8, 2013 MUMBAI, October 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- - The Online Art Auction Will Showcase Art by Renowned Indian Artists - Proceeds go Towards 'Seeing is Believing', in Conjunction With World Sight Day In conjunction with World Sight Day on 10th October, Standard Chartered Private Bank (the Private Bank) will be launching ' Art for Sight' - an online art auction to raise funds for 'Seeing is Believing' . 'Seeing is Believing' is Standard Chartered Bank's global programme to help tackle preventable and curable blindness. The programme was launched in 2003 to celebrate the Bank's 150 ^th anniversary and celebrates its 10 ^th anniversary in 2013. The Private Bank is partnering with AstaGuru.com , an online auction house to host the online art auction on 10 ^th and 11 ^th of October 2013. Over 150 pieces by renowned artists such as M. F. Hussain, S. H. Raza, F. N. Souza, Akbar Padamsee, Ram Kumar, Krishen Khanna, Anjolie Ela Menon, and Paresh Maity will be up for auction. Art from newer, modern and contemporary artists will also be available. All proceeds over and above the list price will go towards 'Seeing is Believing', with the Bank matching dollar for dollar. The base price of the works is approximately a million dollars and the auction is open to clients and prospects of the bank. Sanjeeb Chaudhuri, Regional Head South Asia and Chief Marketing Officer, Consumer Banking, Standard Chartered Bank said: " We believe that with wealth comes responsibility. There are 45 million blind people in the world; 80% of blindness is avoidable (preventable or treatable). In India alone, 'Seeing is Believing has benefitted close to 5.5 million people. Through this initiative with our clients, we hope to continue to make a positive difference in the communities in which we live and work." 'Seeing is Believing' is the Bank's global programme which raises money to tackle avoidable blindness across the world. It is a collaboration between the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness and Standard Chartered to fund sustainable eye-care services in areas of poverty and high need across the world. Launched in 2003, the initiative has grown into a multi-million dollar global programme reaching over 41 million people to date. Standard Chartered matches, dollar for dollar, all donations made to this programme. In India, in partnership with its trusted non-government organisation partners, the bank provides poor communities access to eye care services through 74visioncentres across 10 states, through an investment of USD 4.9 million. The bank has committed additional spends of USD 6 million until 2020. About Standard Chartered Private Bank Standard Chartered Private Bank is the private banking division of Standard Chartered. Headquartered in Singapore, the Private Bank provides exciting career opportunities to over 1,200 employees including about 450 relationship managers globally. It has 18 offices including two trust offices in 15 cities across Asia, Africa, Middle East and Europe. The Private Bank has grown strongly since its inception in May 2007. On top of its strong organic growth, it acquired American Express Bank in 2008, through which it has further improved its capabilities. The Private Bank has been showing continued strong growth momentum: In 2012, its revenue increased 12% and its Assets under Management grew by 17% in Asia and 14% globally despite challenging market conditions. The Private Bank leverages the natural strengths of Standard Chartered: A heritage of over 150 years in international banking, an international network across more than 70 countries, and strong local presence in growth markets. This puts the Private Bank in an advantaged position to build and deepen relationship with its clients. Standard Chartered Private Bank's strong growth and rising industry leadership has been recognised by the industry: Major awards that the Private Bank has won in 2012 include the "Outstanding Private Bank Asia Pacific 2012" award by Private Banker International; "Asian Advisor Manager of the Year" award by Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2012; "The Best Private Bank in India" award by Financial Times Private Wealth Management; "The Best Private Bank in India" and "The Best Private Bank in Middle East" awards by Asian Private Banker. More recently, the Private Bank also won "Best Private Bank India" at the inaugural Wealth Briefing Asia Awards 2013. For more information, please visit: http://www.privatebank.standardchartered.com Legal Disclaimer Standard Chartered Private Bank is the private banking division of Standard Chartered Bank ("SCB"). 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Standard Chartered Private Bank Launches 'Art for Sight'