The Seasonís Finale

ParekhKamdhenu by Pal, Flowers-trees & temple by Parekh

It's the last stint of art openings before the peak summer months bring with them a dry cultural season. Art Alive Gallery has decided to bid adieu to the current season on a noble note. The space has organised a charity exhibition for NGO Akshar's Centre for Hearing Impaired Children in Gujarat. Curated by Ina Puri, this comprises works of more than 40 prominent artists, including KG Subramanyan, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Jyoti Bhatt, Gogi Saroj Pal, Ved Nayar, Rini Dhumal, Jatin Das and Rekha Rodwittiya. "There are excellent works at great prices, which suits everyone," says Sunaina Anand, director of Art Alive.

With works of several biggies up on the wall, there is quality art to choose from ó Anjolie Ela Menon's grim portrait of a woman with her hair tied up in Head of a Woman, Gogi Saroj Pal's wish-fulfilling half-women, half-cow figure in fiberglass, Kamdhenu, priced Rs 5.5 lakh, Jatin Das has a nude couple in his conte on paper and there is Krishen Khanna's famous Head (2012) oil on canvas.

While the organisers hope to collect proceeds between Rs 1Ė Rs1.5 crore, collectors are already queuing for the works. Anand reveals that close to 15-16 works already have a red tag pasted next to them.

While Jayasri Burman's Saraswati has been sold for Rs 4 lakh, Jyoti Bhatt's four black and white photographs, Rs 15,000 each, have found buyers. His mixed media of canvas, Kushti, has a red tag at Rs 30,000. Rekha Rodwittiya's watercolour Hear My Tongue Softly Talk has gone for Rs 1.5 lakh. "There are several initiatives for a cause but his is genuine and we hope people will come forward to contribute," says Anand.

The exhibition is on at Art Alive gallery, S-221, Panchsheel Park, till May 10. Contact: 41639000

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