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The true spirit of Indian culture is reflected in its art, music, dance, drama and literature. The promotion of fine arts is pivotal to spread this spirit and essence of our art among masses. There are very few art institutions working for promotion of fine arts in India. Kalavishkar is one of those institutions promoting fine arts in the country for close to two decades.
We, at Kalavishkar create different platforms for the Indian artists; we organise art camps, workshops, fusion shows, art exhibitions, art discussions & conversations. The objective is to make the masses aware of the aesthetic merits of this vocation and present broader perspective and nuances for informed art lovers and patrons.
There is a need to create platforms to showcase artworks for the artists who cannot afford to book a gallery-space in the metro cities where, apart from monetary constrains; waiting list is 3 to 5 years in the public art galleries. To support such unrepresented artist, we had organized many group exhibitions for the upcoming and senor artists at Jehangir Art Gallery, Artists’ Centre, Museum Art Gallery, Gallery Art Entrance (all Mumbai) and even at Pragati Maidan at Delhi, MMRDA ground BKC, Mumbai and Nehru Centre, Mumbai. It is also part of our directive principle to support deprived artists and the families of deceased artists.
To foster the debate between various sections of art fraternity such as renowned and upcoming artists, art collectors and art galleries, we had started ‘Dialogue’ series of interactive sessions. The first interactive session ‘Dialogue’ was organized in association with NGMA, Mumbai in which Guru-Shishya – Prabhakar Kolte and Jitish Kallat were invited for a ‘Dialogue’ whereas, other ‘Dialogue’ session was organized at Jahangir Art Gallery between Akbar Padamsee and Prabhakar Kolte in 2009. From 2011 onward, the ‘Dialogue’ series sessions were replaced by ‘IAF Conversations’ a series of panel discussions held every year for two days during India Art Festival(Programmed by Ranjit Hoskote).
Apart from art workshops, exhibitions, fusion shows, artists’ camps, the very significant mass media vehicle is the art Magazine. There are very few art publications in India which are fully dedicated to promotion of arts. Kalavishkar, committed for spreading radical voices in visual art to every nook & corner of the country is publishing ‘Indian Contemporary Art Journal’ since January 2009. It is a quarterly Art Journal distributed and circulated to all senior artists, art galleries, chairmen /MDs of selected corporate/industrial houses, Jewelers, Fashion Designers, film directors, producers and film artists across the country.
Kalavishkar has been encouraging artists and art students for many years and has instituted awards for them which are presented every year to artists and art students in the All India Annual Art Exhibition of the Bombay Art Society at Jehangir Art Gallery and at the India Art Festival.
As ‘Art’ began to play a pivotal role in urban lives, the professional platform of a scale is needed wherein art galleries and artists can showcase their artworks and art collectors, space designers and connoisseurs can interact with them. With growing affluence and awareness, a large part of the populace is keen to participate in this value added aesthetic investment and financial asset. What we need is a well-coordinated and publicized platform in Mumbai wherein such passion-investment needs are satisfied. There have been grand art events taking place all over the country, but no such grand initiative has taken place in the financial capital of India- Mumbai till 2011.
With a view to cater to the above needs, Kalavishkar presents India Art Festival (“IAF), a Modern and Contemporary Art Fair every year since 2011; fifth edition is coming in Nov 2015. IAF is a forum that aims to provide a cultural bridge between art galleries, art collectors, artists and connoisseurs. The objective behind India Art Festival is to generate a dialogue and create a new set of art collectors from the entrepreneurs, business executives and managers, and make them knowledgeable art collectors and passion investors.