Is India’s arts and culture restricted
to Republic Day’s parade? The issue on the importance of arts and culture in
our society always raises my concern. An AISSE passed student is always tending
to choose either technology or business even if his heart loves art. Parents
have a notion that their kids will either be Sundar Pichai or Ratan Tata in their
future, it's not a bad decision however it’s sad to know that none of the parents wish their kids to be
Leonardo da Vinci. My neighbour’s kid had just completed his matriculation and
on being asked he informed that he would be choosing engineering later in his
life as both of his parents traced the same path. I still remember how he used
to run to me to show his paintings. Moreover, he also used to contribute his
works to many publications. I always had seen him as a preacher of art and knew
how much he used to love “Art”.
Khajuraho paintings (Source: Colourbox.in)
Arts and culture has always been
the face of our nation while business and technology being the spine. People
around the world have known our country through Taj Mahal, Khajuraho paintings
and Mural art. Then why are we ashamed of encouraging and pass the same to our
children. Most of the art lovers have realized and now putting up stalls,
exhibitions and even conferences to promote various forms of art within or
across the country, some of them are SoulSanthe, Bhoomi Habba and TheHundred Hands.
Our country is flooded with various
artists and artisans who are struggling to find a space for themselves in the
crowd of techies. They are no competition with the business employees too. But,
they want support from the society and more importantly, from the government. People
praise their work however artists fail to earn a living through their skills as
it happens in other career options. It is hugely because no one has given a
serious thought in making this a profession; it only remains a passion. The painters
or the sculptors take almost a decade to create a name in history. In order to
preserve the dying Indian art, Nita Ambani’s philanthropic organisation called
Reliance Foundation sponsor events for celebrating and continuation of Cultural
Heritage of India.
Her love towards art in an exhibition (Source: movies.sulekha.com)
In addition to being a business
woman Nita is also an art lover. Her inclusion in the art industry led her to
be a part of Art Institute of Chicago’s President Council.Nita is also a classical dancer that deeply
inspired her at reviving and preserving the dying art forms of India. Nita’s
foundation supported AIC’s Pichvai exhibition titled “Gates of the Lord: Thetradition of Krishna Paintings”. She
showcased the work in an international level which portrays her fondness on
Indian Art. Mrs. Ambani supports one of the world’s greatest museums, The Met
for displaying Nasreen Mohammedi’s paintings. Her modernist paintings also
received praising and applauses from Nita. She admitted the fact that
Mohammedi’s abstract art always inspired her.
Nita’s love for art can also be
seen in her living space too, an illustration of British Raj by M.F Hussain is
one of the examples clinging to the walls of her house.
During the course of her Indian art
conservation journey, Nita has come up with a plan of opening a museum of her
own in Mumbai. Pitching onto the details
of the museum’s architecture, Nita says that the museum would spread on a 19
acre plot comprising of 2000 equipped seat theatre, abundant space for art
shows along with offices, retail and residential spaces too. The launch is
expected to be in the year 2018.
It is a noble plan which we all hope
will benefit our artists in order to display their works. Let’s keepthe dying art form alive not only in our hearts but in reality.
More than that let’s keep motivating our young artists who can actually prove
to be the saviours of the dying Indian art and culture.