The three-day art festival in Mumbai, the first of its kind, kicked off on Thursday with 116 booths showcasing works of 600 artists and 40 art galleries from Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Chennai, Gulbarga at the Nehru Centre, Worli.
On Day One, there were 14,000 artists showcased.
Organisers are expecting around 30,000 visitors at the event till November 20, the last day of the fair.
Prashant Kumar, of the organising team, said, “In terms of sales as well, many galleries and artists have received a good response and that is a good sign.”
The Mumbai fair has been organised with the aim of putting the Mumbai art scene in the spotlight, following the success of the three-year-old Indian Art Summit and now the India Art Fair in Delhi that has become an important art event in the country. However, the Mumbai fair is poor as far as international gallery participation is concerned.
Gallerist Anupa Mehta said, “For its first year, the response that the fair has received in terms of viewership is good. I am looking forward to the next two days.” One of the other features of the fair is the seminars.
The first seminar on Locating Ourselves: The persistent question of Indianness is shifting global scenario, was, however, lacklustre, with weak attendance. The next talk on the Indian art market, though, was an almost packed session.
Art lover Gauri Choudhari, 29, was at the fair to attend the seminars and see the artwork. “All the seminars seem quite interesting and I am going to be here on all three days. Also, there is quite a lot to see in terms of artwork, and the atmosphere is fun and vibrant.”
Artist Rupali Madan who is being represented at the fair by a Mumbai-based gallery is ecstatic as she has already got four inquiries for her sculptures.
“I am not sure whether these inquiries will translate into sales, but I am happy that our work is being viewed and appreciated,” Madan said.