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Cause on a platter

art-and-culture Updated: Aug 17, 2012 00:15 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times
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The concept behind People For Animals (PFA) every year fund raiser event is simple - to offer sophisticated art collectibles at throwaway prices for art lovers and general public. Keeping its annual date with the Capital, the PFA show this year, is titled: The Platter Show.

The exhibit opens in the city today, and includes 1000 ceramic platters made by India’s studio potters. Last year, they sold a limited edition of porcelain mugs with paintings of known artists of the country and the year before that, they wove paintings of legendary artists and designers into limited-edition carpets.

“Every year, we try to bring in a new and fresh concept. This year, we have on board 200 best potters from India. What is interesting is that they have created large size platters, which is a very rare form in pottery as large platters when fired, either crack or break off easily,” says Maneka Gandhi, chairperson, PFA.

The platters, along with some wall hangings come from all over the country and are made with finest clays and glazes, using the latest techniques. These can be used functionally or hung like three-dimensional paintings on the walls. Some of the names include Yogesh Mahida, Kristine Michael, Jyoti Bhatt, Vinod Daroz and Rini Dhumal. The price for these platters ranges between Rs 5,000 and Rs 60,000. PFA has already sold 17 pieces.

All the funds collected from these events are used for their various projects. “This year’s fund will be used in the upgradation of the hospitals,” says Gandhi. They have 35 hospitals all over India, out of which 10 alone are in the NCR.

Catch it here
The Platter Show
On till: August 19
Timing: 11am to 8pm
Where: The Lalit, Barakhamba Avenue, Barakhamba Road, Connaught Place
Entry: Free
Nearest metro station: Barakhamba on the Blue Line