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Kala ghoda: Masters get to the art of the matter at workshop

Monday saw a one-of-a-kind art session at the HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, where 25 participants were invited to ask renowned artists Arzan Khambatta, Jaideep Mehrotra, Sunil Padwal and Brinda Miller any questions they had about art.

mumbai Updated: Feb 09, 2015 21:51 IST
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Monday saw a one-of-a-kind art session at the HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, where 25 participants were invited to ask renowned artists Arzan Khambatta, Jaideep Mehrotra, Sunil Padwal and Brinda Miller any questions they had about art.

“To ensure that everybody participated in the informal, interactive session, even the shy ones, we decided to get people to write their questions down on chits and decide whether they wanted to mention their names or not,” says Padwal.

Titled Under the Hood, the session was a happy success and saw the panel bombarded with all kinds of queries. How does one educate oneself about art, one asked. Does a commissioned work limit an artist’s creativity, asked another. How do artists price their works, asked a third.

Each question was answered honestly and frankly. Visit art galleries and museums and read about art history to learn more, suggested Padwal.

“It is more challenging to create works that respond to a particular space for which the work is commissioned. Also, commissioned works gives one an opportunity to create large-body works, which if you do by yourself, might just sit in your workshop and make you wonder when it will sell,” said Khambatta.

When it came to the question on pricing, the four playfully dodged until they had the audience laughing. Finally, Miller took the plunge. “It depends on the prices one gets for commissioned work; the gallery sometimes helps as well,” she said.

“The session was fantastic. I got an insider’s view into the artists’ world,” said Rohit Satra, 30, a teacher from Dadar who attended. Added amateur artist Geeta Saundarya, 46, of Nariman Point: “It was very encouraging. I realised that even these well-known artists go through the same problems as I do and that’s reassuring.”?