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art and culture Updated: Jan 18, 2011 01:31 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times
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It’s time to get an artistic high as the much-awaited art confluence is finally here. Artists, collectors and art lovers are geared up to attend the India Art Summit that begins in the Capital on January 21.

With 85 galleries, the Summit will be presenting 570 artists from across the globe. Some major attractions this year are: Graffiti artists from France doing a live wall at the Summit, a house in Jor Bagh that has been converted into an art installation, guided curatorial walks, a sculpture lounge, nine specially commissioned live art projects, 60 public art installations and much more.

“In 2008, we had just two galleries from abroad but this year we have 35. This bumper response shows people want to explore Indian art,” says Neha Kirpal, director, India Art Summit. Another attraction this year is the Art Store. It has 450 art books and journals, quirky merchandise, stationery items and home accessories.

The Summit will have over 20 Delhi-based galleries participating with their artworks and artists. “The India Art Summit is an excellent platform to present the best that India has to offer,” says Rasika Kajaria of Gallery Exhibit 320. A gallery from Delhi Art alive will conduct a session titled In conversation with Raza. This rendezvous with Syed Haider Raza will be celebrating the master’s return to India after six long decades.

The main venue for the summit is Pragati Maidan, but the events are spread across Delhi.
When: January 20-23
Where: Hall No.18, Gate No. 8, Pragati Maidan
Entry charges: Rs 200 per person
Nearest metro station: Pragati Maidan Metro station

Art agenda
Tranquil Bond
An exhibition of paintings and sculptures by P. Gnana, a Singapore-based artist of Indian origin. His work is in the Singapore Art Museum of the National Heritage Board. The psyche of the human being who dotes on his receptive animal, has been a recurring concept in Gnana’s art.
On till January 19 at Kendra Art Gallery, Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra, 1 Copernicus Marg

Affordable art in town
Title: Eat fruit
Artist: Chintan Zalavadia
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size of the artpiece: 36 x 36 inches
Price: Rs. 15,000
Available at: Montage Arts, H-27 Green Park Extension