Food For Thought

Updated: May 26 2002, 05:30am hrs
Delhi is fast becoming the art capital of India. It has been that for some time or why would Kekoo Ghandi have come to open shop in Delhi in the 1960s Today, with over 120 art galleries in the city, we can sit assured that no other city hosts contemporary art as Delhi does. And its hold over art presentation keeps growing.

There was a time when patrons controlled the art market and galleries shut down when they left the city. Today, both gallery owners and artists are much more independent. Showing good work is more important than selling it.

Art is to be enjoyed. And there is now a gallery in South Extension, the Karmaa Gallery, which blends the pleasure of food with that of works of art.

The opening was accompanied by a ‘‘cool’’ Eurasian menu evolved by artist Niladri Paul, who also curated a show of 24 artists, which included well-known ones like Pulak Biswas, Jagdish and Kanchan Chander, Chitrak, Krishnendu Porel and Bulbul Sharma. But the exhibition also included an excellent landscape by Tapan Biswas and realist wash-painting by one of Delhi’s more gifted realist artists, Bikash Poddar.

Another work was a blend of glass-painting and oil on canvas by Seema Verma, who is evolving an expression very much her own. She is an artist who will need to be watched as she charts out her path of progress.

The Karmaa Gallery, run by Sanjay and Charu Bakshi, promises to develop into an area of enjoyment of all that is fine and worth savouring. But it will take a lot of hard work and brainstorming to get the right mix, so drop in and enjoy the ambience—and feel free to give suggestions. It is meant to be a participatory gallery, not one to hold your breath in.