Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Core idea behind Kiran Nadar's art treasure

An experienced advertising professional, philanthropist, international bridge player, communication & brand building expert, all rolled into one, Kiran Nadar also actively promotes Indian art and artists.

Having shaped the NIIT brand, which grew out of businessman Shiv Nadar's vision along with Rajendra Pawar, Kiran Nadar also serves as the Trustee of SSN Trust and Shiv Nadar Foundation. KNMA, her brainchild, aims to function as a site of mellifluous confluence rather than just a compilation.

It treasures a wide array of works, which highlight the vibrant visual trajectories of modern & contemporary art, especially in the post-Independence phase. Raja Ravi Verma, FN Souza, VS Gaitonde, MF Husain, Tyeb Mehta, Arpita Singh, Akbar Padamsee, Jogen Chowdhury, Subodh Gupta, Atul Dodiya, NS Harsha and GR Iranna are among the artists whose works are housed at the museum, inaugurated earlier this year with a group show conceptualized by Roobina Karode.

With a vision based on the premise that museums today are not only sites of a static art display, but also a strong catalyst that may prompt people into ‘experiencing art’, culture and their own identities, this non-commercial, nonprofit entity is committed to displaying meaningful art from India and the subcontinent. It encompasses a stunning spectrum of styles and expressions for simultaneous engagement.

Besides curated shows, KNMA has on its agenda a host of cultural and educational programs. By sharing several excellent works of art collected by her over the last few decades, the underlying idea is to let people enjoy quality art, leading to an enhanced awareness of it.Spelling out her vision, Kiran Nadar has stated in an interview: “Primary goal of KNMA is to share this private art collection and bring visibility and appreciation to Indian art, presenting it meaningfully to the art loving public and the fast-growing HCL community.”

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