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San Qi to host live demonstration by artist

Bestofbombay.com launches industry-specific networking nights across city bars, writes Naomi Canton.

entertainment Updated: Sep 22, 2009 20:46 IST
Naomi Canton

City entertainment website www.bestofbombay.com has launched a new art night to be held at various bars in the city.
The aim of An Evening with an Artist, which kicks off this Thursday, September 24, is to allow art lovers to interact with contemporary artists and get a glimpse into what goes through their minds when they create their work.

Each month, one leading artist from India will display his work in a lounge bar and give a live demonstration.

The event has been co-organised by Aura Art Development Pvt Ltd, a Mumbai art advisory company, that invests in art and
promotes artists.

The aim is to attract art connoisseurs, students and those curious about art and allow them to network.

On Thursday, Jayant Parikh (70), a Gujarati artist living in Baroda will exhibit his work at San Qi, at the Four Seasons Hotel, Worli.

He specialises in watercolour, oil and ink figurative paintings of Indian heritage scenes, such as temples and old palaces, and is inspiredby music.

His paintings have been acquired by the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi. Besides, in 2008 he was awarded the Gaurav Puraskar — an award given annually to the best artist in the state.

“This is a great way for us to get an audience for our artists and to educate people about what a good artist is and how art can also be a financial asset,” says Harmeet Singh Sethi, CEO, Aura Art Development.

The art night is part of a new range of networking nights, launched by bestofbombay.com.

Aditi Shah, founder of BestofBombay, says: “We are building networking nights that are industry-specific, and hosting them.
“There will be ones for the arts, media, investment bankers and alumni of American universities across the city.

“We think there is a requirement for people to network in Mumbai and there is nothing better than doing it in a causal setting.

“This could help people with job hopping and business development. Besides you always learn something from someone else in your profession and San Qi is nice central place for professionals to meet.”

Jasjit Singh, Restaurants and Bars manager at the Four Seasons, adds that they want to help interesting groups of people to connect on a professional and personal level as this is “an essential part of modern India.

“The city has few meeting grounds for people who are interested in literature, art and other creative backgrounds. As a centrally located hotel, we can encourage this,” he adds.