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Art residency promotes harmony and happiness
NIDHI GUPTA  8th Apr 2012

Paresh Maity with Seema Moghe and a guest

ast week, the Hungarian Cultural Centre inaugurated a new art exhibition, showcasing works by participants from a two-week art residency programme in Goa. The idea was to bring together little-known and well-established artists from Hungary and India. Titled Intrigued by India, the Zephyrs of Goa, the exhibition was conceptualised by Seema Moghe, who heads the Art Indulge Foundation, and was inaugurated by artist Paresh Maity.

The Art Indulge Foundation, in collaboration with the Hungarian Cultural Centre and International Centre of Goa hosted the relaxed and rejuvenating holiday in Donna Paula. "The idea behind these residencies is to promote art as an experience and not just as a final product or as something only experts can comprehend," said Moghe, elaborating that this was the fourth such event. "We are trying to bring about harmony, happiness and health through the medium of art."

The Hungarian artists' batch of 10 was headed by Imre Szakacs, VP of the European Federation of Artists' Colonies. The Indian participants were mostly members of the foundation and included Pushpa Dravid (Rahul Dravid's mother), Yolanda de Souza, Sonal Raje, Sachin Jadhav and Anita Tiwary, among others.

The exhibition includes watercolours, charcoal and acrylic on canvas, depicting everything from serene beaches of Goa to abstract, more thought-provoking meditations and portraitures. For Tiwary, whose Talks to Heaven I and II are featured in this exhibition, the entire experience at Goa was all about energy.

"Goa is a beautiful place and added to that was the company of vibrant artists from the world over. It was not just about art – we connected with each other through endless discussions about our personal lives, ideas and ideologies," she gushed.

The Art Indulge Foundation has been conducting these residencies and holidays to create a more "art literary" society, as Moghe puts it. "We'd like to go beyond the existing definitions of art as a high-society indulgence. Everybody has their own form of expression and art can always be cathartic," she said. The residencies have so far been held in Jodhpur and Nasik. She hopes they'll be able to hold one overseas soon.

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