Twenty-two galleries and 27 art shows showcased more than 2,500 works from India’s leading and upcoming artists. There was also video art, art camps, live art, art conversations, and an art auction. “We tried to bring everything connected to art,” says Sanjay Tulsyan, convenor of the show and managing director of Tulsyan NEC Steel. “We even brought in artists to paint live.” The response was encouraging; Lalit Kala Akademi saw an average 900 visitors daily; other venues attracted more than 15,000 visitors.
All big galleries of Chennai — and some from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Cochin — participated. From the far-flung, sylvan environs of Cholamandal Artists Village — a community of artists that gave birth to the Madras Movement of Art in the 1950s — to the rustic DakshinaChitra to top galleries such as Forum Art Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi and Apparao Galleries, Chennai was treated to an art show on a scale not seen before in the city.
Aesthetic Fiesta (Business World)