TAJ LANDS END, MAIN PARTNER
Taj Lands End, Mumbai is a reflection of the warm and heartfelt tradition of Indian hospitality. An integral part of the Taj Luxury Hotels and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Taj Lands End offers you the best of both worlds–breathtaking views of the sea and the endless energy of city life. Located in the heart of Bandra and buzzing with activity, it is host to some of the city’s finest accommodation, dining experiences, and comprehensive conferencing and banqueting facilities.
Over the past few years, the Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces have built a remarkable repository of the finest works of art and have been a patron to many premium artists who have been commissioned exclusively for their work.
Taj Lands End, with this exhibition which offers a window to the world of contemporary art, has embarked upon an ambitious journey to transform itself into a cultural destination to show that culture and hospitality can go hand in hand.
Commenting on this initiative, Birgit Zorniger, General Manager, Taj Lands End, says, "We strongly believe that there is a synergy between art and fine hotels and that is what we want to convey through this exhibition. Through a careful selection of artists who will present their work in the most contemporary and versatile manner which is accessible to everyone, we would like to possibly establish Mumbai Gallery Weekend in the future as an annual event."
INLAKS SHIVDASANI FOUNDATION, MAIN PARTNER
The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation was established by Indoo Shivdasani in 1976 as a permanent platform for his philanthropic activities. The Foundation focuses on providing scholarships, grants and awards in any field to outstanding young Indians to develop their professional, scientific, artistic and cultural abilities. It prides itself on being open to a wide range of subjects, many of which are not covered by other fund-giving bodies. Over the last three decades, more than 400 scholars have benefited from overseas scholarships while another 200 have received awards in India as well as Take-Off Grants. The list of Inlaks alumni reflects the diversity of scholars that the Foundation has supported. Today many are leaders in their chosen fields the world over.
Our scholars include several significant figures in India, such as Vir Sanghvi, Barkha Dutt and Vikram Chandra in the field of Journalism, Rajiv Kumar, Jayati Ghosh and Omkar Goswami in Economics, Sumit Guha and Mukul Kesavan in History, Rukun Advani and Amitav Ghosh in English Literature, Gita Luthra and Pinky Anand from Law and several others. In the arts, we have painters and sculptors such as Jagannath Panda, Rekha Rodwittiya, N N Rimzon, Gigi Scaria, Vasudevan Akkitam, Manisha Parekh, Sonia Khurana, Sheela Gowda, Shaina Anand, Sakshi Gupta and Chinmoy Pramanick among several others who have significantly contributed to the fabric of Indian art. While some of these artists have been recipients of the Inlaks scholarships to universities abroad for graduate degrees in the fine arts, others have been recipients of the Inlaks Fine Arts Awards that aid them to commence their artistic projects within India. The Foundation has had collaboration with the Royal College of Art and Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto for many years. This year it will support artists at residencies at Gasworks, Darling Foundry, Montreal, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto and Rijksakademie, Amsterdam.
AVID LEARNING, SUPPORTING PARTNER
Avid Learning - an Essar initiative - believes today’s knowledge seekers should have limitless opportunities. AVID fosters creative learning across the fields of Culture & Heritage, Literature and Art – including Visual, Performing & Applied Arts – through workshops, panel discussions and other programs.
AVID workshops are open to all and are delivered by experts from India and abroad. These workshops are highly interactive with a fun mix of lecture-demonstrations, audio-visual presentations and practical sessions, concluding in an event that summarizes the essence of the AVID Experience.
AVID has touched the lives of over 7500 people and continues the endeavor to make learning accessible through various programs and partnerships.
TIME OUT, SUPPORTING PARTNER
Since it was first published in 1968, the magazine with its distinctive logo soon became a London icon, as well as an indispensable guide to what to see and do in Europe's largest city. Once it established its unique voice and identity, sales soared, and Time Out has remained a great trusted brand in 40 cities around the world.
Joining cities like New York, Paris, Tokyo, Singapore & Sydney is Time Out India with its Mumbai, Delhi & Bangalore editions–published by Paprika Media, the Essar Group’s (a leading business conglomerate with an enterprise value of US$ 15 billion, Rs 67,000 crore) foray into the publishing industry.