Using art for a cause
Some of India’s prominent artists have joined hands to raise funds for the Kashmir quake victims. The fundraiser called ‘Art for Mission Kashmir’ was put together with contributions from 40 artists including the works of MF Hussain, Aparna Caur, Jogen Chowdhary and Manjit Bawa, to name a few.
The cause, taken up by Sharan Apparao of ApparaoArt Gallery, Nafisa Ali, chairperson Action India, Sanjay Kapoor of E Factor and Timsy Anand of Andaz, also aims to raise fund for Action India, an NGO that has been working for the underprivileged in various parts of the country.
The works to be auctioned are on display at a special preview for public viewing at the Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre. “It’s a mixed bag of not just art pieces but also sentiments collected over a period of two and a half months,” said Anand, who was pretty nervous while dabbling with art for the first time ever.
The packed preview was attended not only by artists but also art aficionados at the do on Thusrday evening at the gallery. One of them being fashion designer Poonam Bhagat. “Art in any form is inspiring but when you attach a cause with it, the effect is doubled,”she said.
Artist Sanjay Bhattacharya, who had on display a fresh painting ,was heard saying, “It’s always nice to know that you can still sell wet paint but you must wait for my solo show that’s around the corner.”
To this painter Gopi Gajwani added, “I’m familiar with most of these paintings as the majority joined the race long after me. It’s nice to see them collecting recognition but what this young breed needs to understand is that you don’t wake up one morning and start selling your paintings for crores. Instant fame is dangerous for artists and art itself, a little struggle is a must in this profession.”
Talking about the auction, Apparao said, “This is just a teaser. The actual auction will be on February 8 at the Maurya Sheraton with a simultaneous web cast in Mumbai, Bangalore, Hong Kong, Singapore and London.”
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