Bringing together 100 artists and 15 jewelers for an art fair along the lines of Paris’ famed Biennale des Antiquaires is no easy feat. Yet curator of the India Arts and Gems Fair 2016, Meena Das Narayan, seems to be cool, calm and collected, just a week before it kicks off. “This is the second edition of the fair and we aim to make it as big as Paris’ Biennale des Antiquaires. Last year, we had just 45 artists participating but this time around, we’ve managed to bring 100 on board,” begins Narayan, who is also a writer, poet, artist and filmmaker.
To be held over five days, the fair will unite artists from Bengaluru, Chennai, Kerala, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and even Paris. “We’ve got a nice mix of renowned and budding artists, whom we’ve shortlisted based on the quality of their works. Most art shows focus only on the big names, but we wanted to give lesser known artists a platform to showcase their talent,” says Narayan. Some of the famous artists who will be participating include internationally acclaimed Yusuf Arakkal, Chennai’s Achuthan Kadallur, known for his abstract pieces, and Baby Xavier of Kerala, whose paintings have a distinctly vibrant quality. “Apart from these well-established names, we also have some interesting young artists who are worth a mention. Prince Aditya Varma and his wife, princess Reshmi Varma, of Kerala will be showcasing some of their pieces, as well as a young photographer called Khushi Yadav, and Minku — whose art pieces look like installations,” reveals Narayan.
To be held at The Collonade, the entire space is set to be turned into an art experience with live painting sessions, dance performances, art walks, installations and more. There will also be sculptures, graphic art, and a number of other genres, apart from just paintings. “We’ve designed quite a few interactive corners for the public as well,” she shares.
The art will be complemented with intricately designed jewellery by niche brands such as C Krishnaiah Chetty and Sons, Apranje, Entyce and Ananya. “These will be displayed on models on selected days. There will also be fashion shows to present the jewellery. These stunning pieces are also works of art and we thought it would be a good idea to bring fine art and fine jewellery together,” she concludes.
Entry free. Art Rs 10,000 upwards. June 30 – July 4. At The Leela Galleria, Old Airport Road. Details: iagf.in
— Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo