Punekars love art. Period. To make this romance better there is j'ai rencontre l'homme de ma vie lyrics National Art Exhibition being held at Darpan Art Gallery and organised by The Art Katta. The exhibition was inaugurated by acclaimed tabla maestro Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. And one can find works of more than 50 artists from all over the country like Akbar Padamsee, Shruvaprasanna, Dilip Kundu, Thota Vaikuntham, Sanjay Sable, K. Das, Umakant Kanade, Dhananjay Sastkar, Partho Dutta, Biplab Das, K. Ravi, Tapankumar Biswas, Kashinath Salve, Salvador Fernandez, Shyam Sharma and Mohan Singh.
The credit of this event can go to The Art Katta, a start-up by Kaustubh and Kavita Bankar. With them is Ragini Patil, a senior art curator from Mumbai who has been dealing with artists and buyer via her contemporary art gallery called Art Attitude. Ragini reveals, “The Bankars had begun this art related concern to promote art. They had recently done a show in Sri Lanka.” And thus, she came in the picture to enlarge their horizons, in terms of how to make their bigger. She is excited to find so many senior artists share space with some upcoming ones. There are also chances of seeing a Gaitonde work here.
Ragini is happy to see the Bankar’s so passionate about art. “They have got a good vision that is art visual. But they did not know how to proceed and this is where I came in. This is a good chance also to break any barriers like groupism here. One can bring in better buyers and create awareness around for art.” Ragini was happy to hear chief guest Suresh Talwalkar speak about painting being like music and the need time to understand and appreciate it.
As a curator, Ragini finds people in Mumbai more spontaneous in terms of buying. In her words, Pune has the buying power but there is still a gap. “I want to nurture the art collector. I would like them to come to gallery and buy, taking inputs and improving their concepts. I want to take the challenge to groom and nurture them.” While talking about her work style, she admits that while meeting her clients, she prefers meeting them in total and then make the way to connect them to their kind of paintings. “You have to respect the process of the artist and understand their painting.”
On a parting note, Ragini wants more art galleries in Pune to showcase art. About the curator’s need, she feels the relations between the artist and curator is vital to present the artist’s views. There are chances with The Art Katta going international with their exhibition.
You can see the paintings till February 4th at Darpan Art Gallery, opp Vikhe Patil School, off Senapati Bapat Road, between 10 am to 7 pm.