Salman in his element at charity auction

Salman KhanSpunky Salman Khan was in his element, joking and mimicking on stage at a charity art auction in New Delhi on Thursday.
The event, held at the lawns of the residence of the British High Commissioner in India Michael Arthur, was to raise funds for
Khushii (Kinship for Humanitarian Social and Holistic Intervention in India), a charity for underprivileged children.

Former British PM John Major, cricketer Kapil Dev, IT entrepreneur Shiv Nadar and painter Manjit Bawa were among those present at the auction of around 50 canvases of paintings.

Dressed in a full-sleeve blue T-shirt, jeans and a brown fur-lined jacket, Salman was his usual spirited self with some self-effacing humor to lighten the mood at the event. He mingled with the children of Khushii and posed for photographs.

Salman said he was there to do his bit for children. “We sometimes forget that we have a greater responsibility. But we never should forget and especially because children are so precious. The only thing wrong about this whole programme is me,” joked Salman.

Salman also gave a piece of his wacky humor when the first painting was unveiled. After having looked at the painting for a long time, he took the mike and said: “Wow, this is cool. What is it? Now I know why you need me to sell these paintings, if this is what the best artists in the country are producing...”

The event also featured a 90-minute play Zen Katha by theatre exponent Lillete Dubey. The play had Buddhist chants and extensive martial arts display by the actors of Dubey's Primetime Theatre Company.

After the performance, Salman came onto the stage and aped the martial arts movements of the actors to the cheers and laughter of the audience.