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The Weekly Khamba: On an arty note

Only Delhi has the capacity to convert art galleries (usually meant for providing a platform to artists and highlight their works and allowing patrons to explore and connect with their works) into a miniature marriage halls that come to life everytime an obscure white artist comes to town. Gursimran Khamba rants...

brunch Updated: Apr 18, 2011 14:00 IST
Gursimran Khamba

Only Delhi has the capacity to convert art galleries (usually meant for providing a platform to artists and highlight their works and allowing patrons to explore and connect with their works) into a miniature marriage halls that come to life everytime an obscure white artist with "Le" in his/her name comes to town. And as much as Indian art has grown over the past few decades - which I know nothing about but am saying only because Aamir Khan played an artist in Dhobi Ghat and according to the laws of Bollywood whatever he says must be right just like Coke had no pesticides - its audience stays contained within a limited set of brackets. Let's take a look at the kind of people you'll bump into at an art gallery:



Gursimran KhambaNGO swish set: Usually a Bengali lady looking ravishing in a sari and a big red bindi talking to corporate hot shots about her organization which invariably includes plans of organizing an exhibition of paintings made by kids at her shelter home. While very admirable, it's funny how they dream of increasing the number of kids in their shelter instead of hoping we reach a stage where they don't need to keep any.



Shiny suits: The corporate hotshot there with his NGO set wife usually talking to fellow business rats about flying in from London after a hectic conference and how seekh kebabs in the exhibition pale in comparison to the Bukhara.



The student: Especially girls, usually from Gargi or LSR who are fascinated by the idea of standing out by studying subjects like Art History and like appending every essay with words like "Post modern approaches". Prefer wearing Kiran Rao glasses.



Loners: Fellow failed artists who are bitter with the world for not giving them their due and looking for a chance to catch hold of anyone willing to listen to them talk about intricacies of art and hopefully get laid in the process. Mostly in scruffy kurtas. Beards win bonus points.



A**holes: Like me, who stand in the corner bitching about how boring it is and pass judgement on everyone else.



Gursimran Khamba is a pissed off writer, stand up comic, podcaster, social media junkie and lover of all fried foods. Except bananas.



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