The seventh edition of the India Art Festival opened in Mumbai at the Nehru Centre today. Founded by the publishers of the Indian Contemporary Art Journal in 2011, the festival showcases artworks not just from India but other Asian countries as well. The event lasts for over two days and is held annually in Mumbai and Delhi.
“Over 50 art galleries and 575 artists, representing 30 cities across 10 countries — of Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe — are taking part in the exhibition,” said Rajendra Patil, founder and MD of the India Art Festival. This year the festival saw the participation of over twenty new art galleries.
“There are a total of 150 booths. Art collectors and connoisseurs are spoilt for choices between various medium and styles — oil paintings, acrylic, watercolours, original prints, installations, and drawings on varied subjects including landscape, abstracts, cityscapes, seascapes, portraits, traditional paintings, murals and Warli art,” Patil said. The artworks are also available through the e-commerce portal eindiartfestival.com.
The inaugural ceremony was a grand affair with celebrities like Sonu Nigam, Mahima Chaudhary, Lesle Lewis, and chef Sanjeev Kapoor gracing the event.
Prakash Bal Joshi said, “I have been doing abstract work over the last two decades. Nature is my inspiration and the degradation of the environment is a concern as an artist.” He added that the festival is a major art event where artists get an opportunity to showcase their works. He is a veteran journalist-cum-painter.
Showcasing her Buddhas at the exhibition, Gouri Seth from Uchaan Art Gallery, Gurugram, has taken up painting after a gap of 42 years. Seth said, “For me, painting is meditation. Painting Buddhas makes me happy and calm. I want to share the inner peace and happiness with those looking at them.”