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Spiced with colour

Artists Paresh Maity and Prabhakar Kolte introduce art into the dining experience with their food-inspired painting sessions.

art and culture Updated: May 07, 2010 01:58 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

The concept of art getting into public places is not new. But art works becoming a part of your dining experience is something unheard of. Masala Art, the Contemporary Indian Restaurant at Taj Palace Hotel, is all set to launch its new menu on May 15, with artist Paresh Maity and Prabhakar Kolte doing a live painting on the cover of the menu inspired by Indian spices. “Art is just not confined to the four walls of an art house anymore. The concept of doing art work on the menu and platters is very new and refreshing,” says Maity.

Even the menu has been designed keeping in sync with the theme. The sections on the menu, for example, are named ‘First Impressions’ for starters, ‘Heavy Strokes’ for main course and ‘Final Touches’ for desserts. The artist aims to give the menu an Indian look and feel since the menu has all the Indian dishes. “I plan to paint an Indian male and female highlighting their faces, as face is the most expressive part of a human body. I’ll be using colours like red, yellow and brown inspired from Indian spices,” he says.

Besides the cover, the artist will also be painting ceramic platters. “I will use vibrant colours for the cutlery, as it exudes a positive energy while eating. But the platter, unlike the menu, will have paintings of food items,” explains Maity.