Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel inaugurates ‘The Art Of India 2022’ festival in Gandhinagar

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Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel inaugurates ‘The Art Of India 2022’ festival in Gandhinagar

Posted on April 14, 2022

~The festival was inaugurated by the Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel who also unveiled “The Art of India Fest 2022” catalog ~

~ Celebrating the great artists of yesteryear as well as the maestros of modern times, the week-long art exhibition will showcase the work of over 220 painters, muralists, visual communication artists and sculptors ~

~Paintings with the highest base price at auction include works by Rabindranath Tagore, FN Souza among others~

Organized to celebrate the diversity and inclusiveness of Indian art, ‘The Art of India 2022′ party by the India time was inaugurated by the Honorable Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat April 11and. Billed as the country’s largest art showcase, this Times of India initiative will be open to the public at Heliport Exhibition Center in Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad from 11and – 15and April 2022.

Taking up the benchmark established during its inaugural edition, the festival will present the country, in its 75th year, in an unparalleled cultural finery. Additionally, The Art of India 2022 festival will present the history of Indian art in a panorama encompassing generations by recognizing the greats of the field, as well as artists to come. It will be a congregation of wonderful creations from over 220 artists, muralists, visual communication artists and sculptors. Spread over 75,000 square feet, the exhibition will showcase the first generation of progressives, the second generation of modernists, and today’s movement shapers. These include stalwarts and maestros such as Rabindranath Tagore, MF Husain, Nandalal Bose, MV Dhurandar, FN Souza, Krishen Khanna, Sakti Burman, Jyoti Bhatt, Himmat Shah, Sujata Bajaj, Paresh Maity, Jayasri Burman and many more. others.

The event started with Meera Warrier welcoming the gathering with a brief introduction to The Art of India Festival 2022 and also shed light on the efforts and commitment of every entity involved in making the festival happen. After the welcome speech, Vikas Singh – Editor-in-Chief – News, The Times of India explained how Times of India as a publication has been at the forefront and comprehensively and insightfully captured the evolution of the Indian art and artists. This was followed by the Honorable Chief Minister unveiling The Art of India Fest 2022 catalog and inaugurating the festival. The event saw dignitaries such as Priya Adhyaru-Majithia – curator, The Art of India Fest 2022 as well as renowned artists Amit Ambalal, Jaishree Burman Manu Parekh, Paresh Maity, Jatin Das, Rajeev Sethi grace the occasion.

Sharing his thoughts at the inauguration of The Art of India Festival 2022, Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendrabhai Patel said: “Present today at the inaugural ceremony of ‘The Art of India’ festival are my colleagues Minister of Education Shri Jitubhai Vaghani, Minister of State for Higher and Technical Education – Kuberbhai Dindor, Mayor of Gandhinagar – Hitesh Makwana, Vikas Singh – Editor – News, The Times of India, Curator – Priya Adhyaru Majithia, key personalities such as Pankaj Kumar, Rajeev Kumar Gupta, other TOI Group dignitaries, artists, music lovers art and viewers. Bringing together India’s esteemed artists and their works under one platform under this fine initiative of the Times of India group is extremely credible. Congratulations to the group for this initiative. When India was at the grappled with the Covid-19 pandemic, these talented artists were doing their job and today over 400 works of art by these artists are displayed here.In the 75and year of India’s independence, The Art of India festival presents the notables of the art of our country whose works are inspired by India itself. It is one of the biggest platforms of its kind. The show features works by more than 250 artists, including the biggest names in the country. Some of them have come together to work specifically for today’s event. Art collectors, renowned sculptors and eminent galleries from all over the country participate and present the masterpieces today. Our PM Narendra Bhai Modi is constantly working to collect all Indian artworks from around the world in India and these artworks depict our rich culture and heritage. It is the duty of the state government, as well as various organizations, to preserve our rich heritage and culture.

Sivakumar Sundaram (CEC), Chairman of BCCL Executive Committee, says: “We are thrilled to be organizing ‘The Art of India 2022’ festival. It is a congregation of diverse cultural influences exploring diverse art forms, styles and practices. Our stellar team of stalwarts will unveil art forms timeless generational festivals through in-depth conversations and experiential exhibitions. We thank the Chief Minister of Gujarat – Shri Bhupendra Rajnikanth Patel for his support and for launching the festival for everyone. We intend to connect with enthusiasts of art from around the world through this initiative and to bring them closer to our rich heritage.

Kaustuv Chatterjee, Chief Brand Officer, TOI & Languages ​​said: “We recognize the expanding artistic landscape in India and want to be at the forefront of bringing iconic and emerging artworks to the attention of a growing audience. The Art of India (AOI) Festival 2022 offers an opportunity to celebrate the best of Indian art by delving deep into its unique world of artistic expressions. As part of this initiative, a week-long art exhibition will showcase the work of more than 220 leading Indian artists, inspired by the many themes of our country over the past 75 years of independence. Thereafter, the AOI platform will connect connoisseurs and art lovers across India with this body of work, culminating in a digital auction on May 18-19, 2022. I would like to express our sincere gratitude for this year’s fabulous curation, thanks to all the artists, partner art galleries, independent collectors, our festival curator and government authorities for supporting this initiative and helping Indian art to gain attention that he deserves.

Speaking about the curatorial vision of the art festival, Priya Adhyaru-Majithia, Curator, The Art of India Fest 2022 said: “In India, art is more than luxury. It is a celebration that empowers our country and its people. It is evolving, spreading its wings and well on its way to reaching new heights. To make Indian art flourish and all the more popular, we seek to celebrate the many influences, styles, forms, practices and traditions seen in the remarkable works of art created by legends. This is the time when we must encourage art connoisseurs as well as today’s generation to come and interact with the arts and to expose themselves as much as possible to this cultural and artistic diversity.

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