Located just a stones throw away from the iconic Gateway of India, Akara Art gallery is the brand new addition toColabas already impressive list. It was inaugurated on February 25 with theexhibition ‘Mysteries of the Organism’ curated byart writer Girish Shahane and drew from not only the gallery’s own inventory but private collectors as well. The original structure of the heritage building has been retained by founder Puneet Shah with some minor changes. Sunlight nowflows in through the large glass windows and bounces off the white walls as you are transported into the cozy captivities of art.
The gallery includes three large rooms, a corridor and a private viewing space. Each room holds it own, displaying the awesomeness of a different artist, creating a kaleidoscopic gallery you will never tire of viewing.
Get ready to be blown away by the artworks of some exceptional artists like M.F Husain, Manjit Bawa, Amrita Sher-gil, Raqib Shaw, Bhupen Khakhar and Ravinder Reddy to name a few. Some of the works predate Indias independence, while others were made in the 21st century, thus displaying in its very collection a history of art as it was.
Shah, an art dealer and consultant for seven years, has always worked out of Colaba and decided to set up shop here because Colaba is the hub of the city as artists and buyers go. Akara aims to show Indian art as well as international contemporary art with an Asian connection going ahead. With Akara, the spotlight is one again on how Mumbai is as much an artist’s home, as a financier’s.
Where: First floor, Churchill Chambers, 32 Mereweather Road, Colaba
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