The city is getting ready to witness a nine-day long multi-arts festival that will celebrate SH Raza as an artist. A Raza Foundation initiative to commemorate their 10th anniversary, the festival will showcase works and performances of Raza awardees who have been honoured in the last 10 years.
Back in the year 2000, when Raza was in Paris, he felt the need to establish a foundation that can provide a platform to young emerging artists in India to showcase their work. Within a year, with the help of some like-minded people, such as, Ashok Vajpayee, ex Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, and, Arun Vadehra, director Vadehra Art Gallery, The Raza Foundation was established in 2001. “The Foundation was set up to encourage and honour younger artists,” says Raza. Talking about the festival, Vajpayee, now the executive trustee of the foundation, says, “The Foundation has completed a decade with these honours and we wanted to bring all the 39 awardees on one platform and celebrate their talent.” Raza adds, “I am delighted that so many Raza awardees are being featured in this multi-arts festival.”
Titled, Aviraam, the festival is spread over three major categories - a visual art exhibition of 17 artists, a poetry evening representing seven poets, and acts by 11 musicians and dancers that will span a week. “Aviraam means ‘without a stop’, which goes well with Raza’s foundation,” says Vajpayee. “The awardees represent art and art forms of this generation, which is interesting, as these forms are very new and refreshing,” adds Vajpayee.
The exhibition will preview at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, on February 13. “The exhibition has two art pieces per artists. They represent different forms of abstraction,” says Vajpayee.
The poetry evening is another attraction at the festival. Scheduled to take place at the Visual Arts Gallery on February 15, the poetry-reading session will see some well-known poets from Indian literature reading their poems. Also, on February 17, all the performing artists and awardees will put up a show. To be held at Meghdoot Theatre, Copernicus Marg, this section will see dance acts by Gopika Verma, Malavika Sarukkai, Preeti Patel and Prerana Shrimali. The musical performances will feature Bahauddin Dagar, Uday Bhawalkar, Satyasheel Despande and more.
Raza Foundation Awardees Festival
13 February 2012 – 21st February 2012
Exhibition at Visual Art Gallery
Meghdoot Theatre, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi
Ms. Gopika Verma
Ms. Surupa Sen
Ms. Malavika Sarukkai
Mrs. Sujata Mohapatra
Mrs. Preeti Patel
Ms. Prerana Shrimali
Mr. Bahauddin Dagar
Ms. Manjiri Asnare
Mr. Uday Bhawalkar
Mr. Satyasheel Despande
Mr. Kaivalya Kumar
15 February 2012 at Visual Art Gallery 6pm