India Art Festival Mumbai Edition at Nehru Centre from 26 to 29 May 2022

May 27, 2022 09:00 am

By Hiral Shah

After two years of pandemic, India Art Festival is presenting its 10th edition in the city from 26 to 29 May 2022 at Nehru Centre, Worli, after successful editions at Delhi and Bengaluru in the last two months. It has been very tough journey for art fraternity in the last two years of covid pandemic, as showcasing art and inviting large gatherings were restricted. We saw boom of online art shows, art festivals – 2Ds, 3Ds in all formats during the pandemic and came to the hard-earned conclusion that nothing can replace physical exhibitions at venues where in artists, gallerists, art enthusiasts, art writes and art buyers come together and interact under one roof. The art market spaces provided by annual art fairs across the world are proved to be reliable source to acquired art and contribute considerable part of annual art and antique market turnover.

Though art galleries too are one of the prime art market constituents, the art festivals have helped bring out art to the public arena, at easily accessible spaces to one and all. The thousands of artworks available in the art festival along with ready statistics of comparative prices and an opportunity for firsthand interaction with the artists & art writes under one roof made art fairs popular with the art buyers surpassing the conventional sale figures in art galleries. Today’s art buyers are highly busy ‘working class’ who look for saving time required to explore various art spaces scattered around the city! Not only major art galleries, but even mid-level to smaller galleries prefer today to operate from office spaces and achieve their annual sale target through participation in the domestic and international art fairs.

Having said above, no wonder then than the most awaited annual ‘celebration of contemporary art’ - India Art Festival, known for its ‘democratic representation of art’ hosted three annual editions at Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru within a span of two months this year!! This growth and expansion of India Art Festival from single annual edition to three yearly editions in three major metro cities in the last twelve years show the growing interest in Indian art. Rajendra, art festival director say ‘the entry of nouveau rich ‘super busy working class’ of art buyers on the art market horizon not only helped sustain the art festival in the difficult times but injected phenomenal growth in scale, quality and number of art festival editions annually’.

The Mumbai edition of India Art Festival with 45 art galleries and 550 artists is back after two years with renewed vigour from 26 to 29 May 2022 at Nehru Centre, Worli. India Art Festival have hosted 20 successful editions so far in the last twelve years at Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru.

The India Art Festival (IAF), a contemporary art fair aims to be an art platform for all levels of artists, rural or urban, is now in its tenth edition at Mumbai. The dual-module pattern that the Art Festival has adhered to over the years - the Galleries and the Artists Pavilion has proven successful in the bygone editions. This year too, there are about 45 galleries and 550 artists participating from all over India and other cities from out of India.

The ground floor of discovery of India building in Nehru Centre houses over 50 booths occupied by art galleries representing their fresh talented artists whereas 100 booths on the second floor are occupied by art galleries as well as independent artists. Art Festival Director Rajendra confirms “The art gallery booths on the ground floor were booked even before the pandemic was over early this year... Since last few years many art galleries are also occupying the booths on to the second floor; this year nearly 40 % of space of the Artist’s Pavilion is now occupied by art galleries.”

The galleries participating in the art festival this year are Gnani Arts and Olive Art Gallery from Singapore, Art Nouveau, Drushay Art Gallery, Easel Stories, Eminent Art Gallery, Gallery Pioneer, Gallery 16, Galerie Art Eterne, Gallerie Splash, Gallery vision Art, Kalasrotam, Merakii Art House, NIFA Fine Art academy, Studio7Seven, The Lexicon Art Gallery, Uchaan are coming from New Delhi & NCR. The Mumbai-based galleries - ArtDesh Foundation, Artvista, Dolna the Movement, Gallery Nitya, Greyscale, House of Emerge, Mriya Arts, Rhythm Art, Sahaj Srajan, Studio3, The Bombay Art Society and are showcasing best of their artists.

Charvi Art Gallery & Huespikes from Bangalore, Rabi Art Gallery from Santiniketan are going to exhibit emerging as well as wide variety of master artists from across India. The other galleries Beyond Square from Udaipur, Kala Bhavan from Tripura, Studio Latika Katta, Dehradun, and M Narayan Studio from Pune are also part of this year’s art festival. The art works by artists A Vishwam, Amol Pawar, Gnana P, M Suriyamoorthy, N S Manoharan, Nidhi S Mathur, P Perumal, R Karthikeyan, Sachin Sagare, Sivaperakas M, Sonia Adlakha, Subhashini represented by Gnani Arts from Singapore display a mix of semi-abstract and artworks in figurative styles in vivacious colours.

Gallerie Splash from Gurgaon, one of the major art galleries of New Delhi & NCR is showcasing works of master artists Ashok Bhowmick, Thota Vaikuntam, Manu Parekh, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Ramesh Gorjala, HR Das, Nagesh Ghodke, Swaraj Das and other promising artists.

Visitors to the art festival appreciate warm welcome and interaction from galleries and there are few regular art galleries participating in the art fair circuit like Easel Stories (Noida), The Lexicon Art Gallery & Vision Art Gallery, (New Delhi) Studio3 & Rhythm Art (Mumbai), who always seem to be passionate about their display and presentation and do every efforts to convince visiting art buyers on why their booths are worth spending time and artworks best suited to be added in every collections.

The new participating galleries like, Gallery 16, Drushya Art Gallery and Sneha Arts have chosen to make the most of the brilliant opportunity of being part of the art festival by displaying the artworks of established and emerging but saleable artists which include Anjaneyulu G, Bharati Pitre, Gurcharan Singh, Ramkumar, Sachindranath Jha, Satish Gupta, Seema Kohli, Shuvaprassana, Tapasya Gupta, Vinita Karim, Achuthan Khullar, Amitav Das, Anwar Khan, Binoy Vergese, Jai Zharotia, Rajendra Tikku, S G Vasudev, Jogen Chowdhury, Suhas Roy, Jatin Das, Rabin Mandal, Sakti Burman, Prokash Karmakar, Niladri Paul, Snehalata Prasad and Jayasri Burman among others.

The most promising artists with uncanny insights showcasing in the art festival this year are presented by Grayscale, Studio7 and Dolna the movement include A Viswam, Arjumand Sulemani, Ashok Rathod, Subodh Poddar, Alpana Asthana, Anna Kurian, Dileep Kosode, Dr. Shirish Ambekar, Hariram Phad, Karishma Wadhwa, S Vinitkumar, Sandipta Talukdar, Sushmita Dam, Arundhati Choudhary, Asurvedh Ramesh Thorat, Reena Choudhary, Shruti Jain, Suresh Kumar, Vaishali Gupta, Vibha Sharma and Vijaya Ved.

Uchaan, and Artvista galleries are at the forefront to promote young artists in the professional art world, are also exhibiting senior and established artists. The wide-range of figurative, abstracts, and landscapes by seniors and young artists like Aakriti Jhamb, Alisha Thakur, Anurag Anand, Ashima Razdan, Barkha Saksena, Dolly Bhansali Chopra, Gauri Seth, Neeraj Sharma, Poonam Bhatnagar, Ritika Aurora, Manju Srivatsa, Girish Adannavar, Gopal Pardeshi, Kumar Gaikwad, Prashant Yampure, Sanjay Satpute, Sanket Jadhav and others are seen in their booths.

Some of the solo booths at the art galleries section by M Narayan, Smirta Swarup, Chethana Ravi, Latika Katt, Pankaj Bavdekar, Inderjeet Singh Grover, Manju Srivatsa, and Poonam Bhatnagar will be an added highlight along with master pieces displayed by senior sculptor Latika Katt.

A heady mix of vibrant paintings in figurative style with exquisite collectible sculptures by Asurved, Suresh Kumar, Vijaya Ved, Arundhati Choudhary, Reena Choudhary, Shruti Jain, Vaishali Gupta, Vibha Sharma and Ramesh Thorat can be seen the booth of Studio7Seven from New Delhi. Mriya Arts is seen presenting artworks from Tanjore school. Senior artist Inderjeet Singh Grover’s impressionistic landscapes can’t be missed in the art festival.

By returning every year, with a range of artists and their works, India Art Festival aims to create a stable platform for all kinds of art to fulfill passion investment need of art buyers and lovers in the metro cities Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru.