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Getting art-tea

Here’s your chance to watch your favourite artists paint even as you savour your evening cuppa.

art and culture Updated: Jan 30, 2010 00:58 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

We’ve seen artists paint on stage while dancers and musicians work their magic. Now, in an innovative new idea, you can watch artists paint even as you enjoy your high tea. In an attempt to showcase young and promising artists in a space charged with creativity, where the artist can showcase works to connoisseurs even in the process of making, The Tea Lounge at Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi has introduced this concept.

Artists are invited to paint and interact with guests during the traditional High Tea hour, 3 pm to 6 pm. “Artists usually like painting in their own space or environment, I was very apprehensive initially, but I liked the experiment when I started live painting in the lounge,” says Vishwesh Sant, who is currently displaying his work there.

Each artist gets a week to showcase his/her work and three artists have exhibited so far. While artist Reena Singh played with abstract themes, artist Alok Uniyal presented his paintings on Divine Land.

By virtue of the clientele that visits, these artists also get a chance to exhibit to potential new buyers. “By displaying their work in the lounge, the artists not only get an Indian viewing and appreciation, but also international acknowledgement,” says Taljinder Singh, general manager, Taj Palace Hotel.