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Art, courtesy the Income-Tax Department

mumbai Updated: Sep 25, 2010 02:48 IST
Neha Ghatpande
Neha Ghatpande
Hindustan Times
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The Income-Tax Department has found that there is a hidden artist in many of their officers.

As the I-T department turns 150 this year, the department is hosting an exhibition of painting by senior artists — and art works and sculptures by employees.

This exhibition has been travelling across cities such as Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune and has now come to Mumbai.

Inaugurated on Friday, the art works will be displayed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay (formerly, the Prince of Wales Museum) at Kala Ghoda till Monday.

“The inspirations behind this exhibition are our employees themselves. A lot of my colleagues pursue hobbies like painting and sculpting but don’t get the opportunity to exhibit their work, so the department decided to give them such a platform,” said Mumbai Income Tax Commissioner Bharat Tripathi, who is also exhibiting three paintings of his own.

“Such exhibitions are a great encouragement to these officers and should happen on a large scale in order for us to know our own artists,” said Ajay De, a senior artist and a jury member for the I-T art exhibition.

After the exhibition in Mumbai, the show will travel to Nagpur.