Mumbai Memoir 68- My explorations with Mumbai’s Art Zone
Throughout the week, Mumbai’kars (citizens of Mumbai) are running around with a problem-solving agenda. Everyone is seen in pretty serious gear until weekend arrives.
Mostly weekends are spent for recreational purpose or pursuing ‘mindful’ activities. South Mumbai is an artistic hub, especially the Kala Ghoda area. The Jehangir Art Gallery, the Modern Art Gallery and the Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay (earlier called Prince of Wales Museum) are monumental centres that exhibit art in all forms.
In the last week of December 2016, my friend, Manjiri Chandorkar, who is a talented artist, invited me for an exhibition in which she had exhibited her paintings at Coomarswamy Hall, Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay, Fort.
The exhibition was organized by Generation Art Foundation headed by Mr. Ghanshyam Gupta. Himself a highly qualified fine artist & having earned his Masters degree from Royal College of Art, London, Mr Gupta offers platform to promote artists through his foundation.
For more information visit: www.generationartfoundation.com Most of Mr. Ghanshyam’s work that was exhibited had the theme of ‘meditation’ ‘abstract’ and that of ‘mind focus’. Here’s the gallery of his work: http://ghanshyamgupta.com/index.php/gallery
Besides Mr. Ghanshyam’s work, Manjiri Chandorkar’s work stood out the most. A local newspaper- ‘DNA’ too featured her painting ‘Rosella in Paradise’. After completing her Diploma in Applied Art & Art Education from Pune, Manjiri first devoted her time to building her family, comprising of two beautiful daughters (Mukul & Riya) and her Sound Engineer husband Mr. Pramod Chandorkar. Today Manjiri is full time focussing on her own Andheri (West) based art studio named ‘ArtIdeaz’ where she, along with her artist team comprising of Binal Patel, Meghna D’souza & Kshama Rao create beautiful paintings and artefacts.
Manjiri and her group have mastered several techniques like relief work, oil, artefacts and express in mediums such as clay, paper mache and cone work. Breaking the stereotype that art only can be bought by elite population of society, ArtIdeaz have created artistic consumer products which can be afforded by any average income group person.
Only thing, he/she should have taste for artist products that come in the form of tissue boxes, magazine holders, table mats, coasters, jewellery boxes etc. For glimpses of team ArtIdeaz’s work click: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Artideaz/photos/ The ArtIdeaz group headed by Manjiri actively in participates in various exhibitions. It’s a group where passionate like-minded artists have come under one umbrella and are collectively working together for larger good.
My organization, Mind Matterz’s online merchandise store http://www.mindcart.in is one of the promoter of Manjiri’s ArtIdeaz’s art and creative products. The reason Mind Matterz is promoting art is because I strongly believe that every qualitative art form has ‘mindfulness’ value. Thus Mind Matterz decided to tie up with ArtIdeaz since 2015 and in the process promote art among the classes as well as the masses. To buy ArtIdeaz products visit www.mindcart.in or email firstname.lastname@example.org /email@example.com
Just like a mobile phone requires charging to function smoothly, similarly humans to need positive charge to solve their problems. Art in any balanced form acts as a positive charger which stimulates the brain in form of visual (paintings/photography), auditory (music), smell (fragrances/food), taste (food & beverage) and touch (dance, food, massage art) form which thereby creates a positive charge. It’s a known fact that only after getting positively charged we can approach our problems with the application of our intellect. So, through this article I would encourage Mumbaikars and the world to experience art in some form atleast on weekend, to feel rejuvenated and fight the blues of the bygone week.
Photo Courtesy: Shraddha C Sankulkar, Manjiri Chandorkar. Aditya Chichkar