Mumbai's canvas comes alive

Updated: Nov 29, 2014, 10:20 IST | Hassan M Kamal |

Gaze at artworks by over 500 artists from India and overseas at the four-day India Art Festival, that starts today

With over 30 Indian and international galleries and more than 500 artists, the India Art Festival is all set to offer the best of the art world over the next four days in the city. Currently in its fourth edition, the festival will not only have works by Indian modern masters like SH Raza, FN Souza and MF Husain but also showcase works of young artists from India and abroad.

Krishna Leela, a serigraph by MF Husain
Krishna Leela, a serigraph by MF Husain

“This year, our focus has been to showcase works of Indian as well as international artists who have made a mark in the international art market. So, we have artists from Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Singapore, USA as well as Russia,” informs Rajendra, founder and director of the India Art Festival.

An untitled work by artist  Jogen Choudhary
An untitled work by artist Jogen Choudhary

The idea also is to offer a peek into how changing social and political scenario is affecting art. “For example, Hunar Art from Delhi will be showcasing works of four artists from Afghanistan. These are semi-figurative and semi-abstract art works, and depict how Afghanistan is still facing internal disturbances,” says Rajendra.

Rajendra, founder and director of the India  Art Festival
Rajendra, founder and director of the India Art Festival

Art lovers will also see perhaps one of the largest collection of works by artists Jogen Choudhary and Ram Kumar, along with a special retrospective of the Indian watercolour master, the late John Fernandes.

Visitors can also catch a selection of works by West Bengal’s masters, and artists from South India like T Vaikuntam and Ramesh Gorzala. Adding a cine touch to the festival will be a collection of artworks by Indian filmmaker Amol Palekar and ceramic sculptures by Neelakanti Patekar.

Till: November 30, 11 am to 7.30 pm 
At: Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli.
Call: 9820737692

Also catch
>> A special talk by Dr Anandkumar Swami, which explores different facets of exhibiting an artwork, featuring topics such as exhibition mediums and methods, etc.

>> Also, attend a talk by photographer Ram Rahman.

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