The colours of hope

Written by Jyoti Verma | Updated: Mar 31 2008, 03:58am hrs
Do you have a sepia-toned photograph, an antique watch and an heirloom saree that holds memories that are sure to last a lifetime Something that means so much more than the object itself because of the association it has to with life

This opening note of the invite to an upcoming art show at the Hyatt Regency in the Capital does make one curious. The sarees and the watches might be missing here, but the paintings do the job. And its much more than a saree, watch and heirloom, as it brings out emotions beyond on a canvas. The show, Continuum: The Cycle of Life is much more than few canvases painted lavishly by the best of names the country boasts of today. The work of over 120 artists from across the country aims to raise funds for the construction of the ninth Udayan Ghar to be run and managed by child-welfare organisation Udayan Care. The participating artists have dedicated half of the funds raised from the sales at the exhibition to building the home at Modinagar, with a few donating the works to the cause entirely. Kiran Modi, managing trustee, Udayan Care is on a high since a benevolent donor gave the NGO a large piece of prime land where the home would be built. And the show will further help in making this dream a reality, she says, acknowledging each contributing artist at the preview.

The exhibition of original works, from well-known names Seema Kohli, Manil Gupta, Nupur Kundu, Ram Kumar, Paresh Maity, Sanjay Bhattacharya, et al will be on display this weekend. For artist Seema Kohli, the exercise, particularly the delivery of the piece on a deadline, was tedious. But she is happy with the result. The changing times, human greed, villages turning into cities, the city underbelly, glamour and glitz Continuum has great things to say. The creations here work at multi-levels. On one hand it showcases our creativity, on the other it serves as a social reform tool to communicate and contribute to human values of sharing, caring and reaching out, as embodied in the concept of a continuum in the cycle of life. It was great to be a part of it, she says.

For The Metropolitan Hotel in New Delhi, supporting the preview of the show at its venue marks the beginning of its social responsibility programme. The hotel also has a Gift A Room programme with partner Summit Hotels, wherein all the revenue from the suite dedicated for this will benefit Udayan Care, with Summit Hotels matching the revenues rupee for rupee. Besides, we will assist in fund-raising events every quarter to keep the interest in the charity alive, he says.

The curator of the show and a watchdog of the Indian art scene, Sushma Bahl is betting big on this troika of art, social issues and corporate support. Corporate houses are beginning to support challenging initiatives in the artistic domain, along with NGOs. This helps them fulfill their social responsibility, build a client base and support society at large. Artists on their part, with support from corporates, are taking a lead, just like activists, to push boundaries and raise a collective voice against social evils, she believes.

Well many like Bahl already predict the show to be a big success. For you it could be an opportunity to put some good art on your walls.