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Namya Sinha, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 02, 2013
Asix-sheet hand-painted poster of the movie Do Aur Do Paanch dating back to 1980, stills of silent movies from the pre Independence era, and works by iconic artists are all set to go under the hammer. The Osianama auction on Indian antiquities, modern and contemporary fine arts and vintage Indian film memorabilia will take place on February 9.

There is a lot for Hindi cinema lovers who can afford and appreciate works by iconic artists and even collectors of rare works. The auction aims to get the collecting fraternity to view and study Indian arts and culture in a more integrated manner. “It is important for the public to have a sensibility for India’s fine and popular arts, film-related art forms, crafts and antiquities on many new connected levels,” says Neville Tuli, chairman, Osian.

“To see that the rarest photographic stills and art works of our cinematic heritage are available for relative ‘peanuts’ (in the art market context) may place some shame into many members of the film and art fraternity, inspiring them to start preserving and respecting their creativity in a more meaningful manner,” he adds.

Some of the highlights include a rare complete set of Pandit Ravi Shankar’s original LP records and rare stills including the cast and crew from Himanshu Rai’s 1928 classic silent film, Shiraz.

Preview punch
What: Preview exhibition of 1st Osianama auction
When: On till February 8
Timings:  9am to 9pm
Where: Kila (Seven Style Mile, 4A Kalka Das Marg, One Mile Style, Mehrauli)
Nearest metro station: Qutab Minar on the Yellow Line

Other filmy stuff to check out
Photographic stills from 1937 Gangavataran, the first and the last talking film by Dadasaheb Phalke.
Nandalal Bose’s early 1930’s depiction of Chandragupta & Chanakya on cloth.
The early “Dutch Bengal” Oils from the late 19th century, including masterpieces like the one of
“Radha trying to stop Krishna and Balaram’s Rath” as they leave Vrindavan.
Maqbool Fida Husain’s In Honour of the Moon Landing (1969) created on Kite paper
A signed and dated 1930 portrait of the Silent Era heroine Sulochana, and Jogen Chowdhary’s 1988 ink and pastel style cross-hatching technique work, Man with Cheetah.