Amidst a vibrant congregation of artists and art aficionados, the India Art Festival commenced its grand showcase at the Nehru Centre, Mumbai on Thursday, February 8, 2024. Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Minister, Govt of Maharashtra inaugurated the show. The event bore witness to a kaleidoscope of conversations among enthusiasts, delving into the intricate realms of artistic creation. Against the backdrop of lively discussions, fusion performances took centre stage, captivating audiences with mesmerizing live painting demonstrations accompanied by the harmonious strains of live music.
This year India Art Festival is offering not only a visual feast but also a multitude of fusion shows, live music performances, mesmerizing live painting demonstrations, and captivating film screenings. A standout feature of the event is the enlightening film “The Eternal Canvas – 12,000 Years Journey through Indian Art,” a cinematic exploration of India’s rich artistic heritage spanning millennia. This cinematic journey provides a sweeping overview of the evolution of Indian art, from prehistoric times to contemporary expressions.
Rajendra Patil, the founder director of India Art Festival, who also serves as the President of the Bombay Art Society, one of the oldest Indian art institutions founded in 1888, and Editor & Publisher of the Indian Contemporary Art Journal, a quarterly art magazine, says, “The primary inspiration behind initiating the andia Art Festival back in 2011 was to create a platform that showcases and promotes contemporary art in India, with a particular focus on young emerging and mid-level art galleries, as it is often challenging for them to access such platforms or enter the art fair circuit due to huge cost factor.”
The Artists Pavilion showcases the talent of many regular participants who have been contributing to the India Art Festival for years. The second floor of the Discovery of India building promises a must-visit section for art buyers, providing a wide array of choices to enrich their collections. For art enthusiasts and collectors alike, the India Art Festival 2024 is a celebration of diversity, creativity, and the timeless allure of artistic expression.