The Taj Mahal Palace hotel, Colaba, has now launched free art walks within its 109-year-old Apollo Bunder premises.
The hotel, which has been conducting free heritage walks since June last year, will now also allow Mumbaiites, tourists and art lovers to view select art works and artefacts from its collection.
The 50 art works on display include paintings by MF Husain, SH Raza, Jehangir Sabavala, Anjolie Ela Menon, VS Gaitonde, Laxman Srestha, Ram Kumar and Sakti Burman. Tribal and folk art works from Paramparik Karigar, an organisation that promotes indigenous Indian art and craft forms, will also be on display.
“The hotel is keen to initiate an interaction with the local community so we decided to start the art walks,” said Mortimer Chatterjee, art consultant with the hotel.
The 45-minute walk begins from the lobby, heads through the old Harbour Bar and the banquet halls and ends at the Palace Lounge in the heritage wing of the hotel.
On display along this route is an impressive collection of works by late artist Jehangir Sabvala, whose father served as general manager of the hotel for a few years. One of these paintings captures the view of the Mumbai coastline from the hotel.
Also on display is one of the most talked-about works in the Taj collection, a triptych by MF Husain, titled Three Stances of the New Millennium.
To register for a free art walk at the hotel, call 66653366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.