“When I was just 12 years of age, the Kohler Foundation brought dancers from Tbilisi, Georgia to my small hometown in Wisconsin, USA. This was my first exposure to an international arts organization and helped inspire me to years later become a diplomat and a patron of the arts. I congratulate the Dance Bridges Festival in bringing dancers from all over the world to Kolkata, that they may broaden and inspire the minds of young and old alike.”
Eliane & Bernard Palluet
Eliane & Bernard Palluet are respectively botanist and forester. They are based in France and have spent a lifetime studying nature and nurturing the forest for the next generations. They have also invested in arts education for their own children and are staunch believers in the importance of supporting the arts for all members of society regardless of their economic, social and ethnic backgrounds. They believe the arts and creativity must be nurtured widely in order to build a better and fairer society.