It's time for the annual art exhibition of the iconic & oldest Bombay Art Society in Mumbai!
Mumbai, 17th Feb 2020:
The Bombay Art Society is presenting its 128th All India annual Art Exhibition from 25 February to 02 March 2020 at Jehangir Art Gallery. The BAS annual art exhibition started in 1888, the only art exhibition in India held continuously for 132 years except for few years during the first and second world war, is considered as the talent hunt in the country. The select 250 artworks hand-picked from total 2000 entries received from all over India through highly refined selection process involving art experts at every stage of selection are presented in this exhibition.
The inauguration of the annual art exhibition is scheduled at 5.00pm on 25 Feb 2020 at Jahangir Art Gallery at the hand of Shri. Sharad Pawar, MP & President, Nationalist Congress Party, Mrs. Urmila Kanoria, Chairperson, Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad and Shri.Uttam Pacharne, Eminent sculptor and Chairman, Lalit Kala Akadami. The Bombay Art Society (BAS), founded in 1888, one of the oldest non-profit art institutions in the Asian subcontinent promoting visual arts for 132 years, is presenting its 128th annual art exhibition.
Prof. Anil Naik, Chairman, The Bombay Art Society (BAS) shared, “This year, 41 awards to the artists in the categories like paintings, sculptures, graphics, photography along with Bendre-Husain scholarship and Lalibai Dharamdas Bhambhani scholarship are presented to the young artists. The Bombay Art Society (BAS) has started Roopdhar Life time Samman in the field of visual art since last 15 years. This year we are felicitating one of the great artists and revered art teacher Prof. Kashinath Salve with Roopdhar Life time achievement Samman which carries citation and one Lakh rupees cash as a token of love. The Roopadhar life time achievement Samman will be conferred on Prof. Kashinath Salve on 25 Feb 2020 at the time of inauguration of the annual art exhibition.
Tejaswini Sonavane’s artworks highlighting the plight of animals vis-à-vis water scarcity in rural India fetched her Bendre-Husain scholarship whereas Siddharth Shingade’s mixed media and acrylic works on canvas depicting village folks in muted colours with textures and details got him Lalibhai Bharamadas Bhambhani scholarship. The perfect synchronization of geometric forms with contemporary elements creating perfect fusion of visual arts elements in Dhruti Mahajan’s work attracted the judges attention, making her winner of this year’s Governer’s Award and gold medal. The artworks of Akshay Lushte, Kiran Shigvan, Swapnil Tari, Mamata Shingade, Rushikesh Masurkar and Swapnil Kumbhar submitted for the exhibition outshine and own them various awards which will be presented on 25 Feb 2020 at Jehangir Art Gallery.
The all India annual art exhibition has been the important art event on the calendar of visual arts events in country since its beginning in 1888; today it has assumed the form of mega art event for the artists community in the western parts of India…..not only western parts of India but it is an important event for artists in eastern and southern parts of India as The Bombay Art Society receives exhibition entries as far away as Delhi, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala from many years.
Bombay Art Society’s scholarships & awards have been great inspiration in the formative years of today’s many master painters like J. P. Ganguly, Ravi Shankar Rawal, H. Majumdar, Amrita Sher-Gil, S. L. Haldankar, K. K Hebbar, N. S.Bendre, Badri Narayan, A. A. Almelkar, S. H. Raza, K. H. Ara, Mohan Samant, Jatin Das, Prabhakar Kolte and many other younger established names. The art journey of many Indian artists of renown has at some time or the other benefited from the munificence and magnificence of the Bombay Art Society's past.
The Bombay Art Society (BAS) was granted a piece land by the Maharashtra State Government and a huge symbol of architectural grandiose stands today on this 10,000 Sq. feet area at Bandra Reclamation, opp Hotel Rangsharada. The Art complex housing three art galleries, an amphitheater, the art-books Library is a significant addition to the Mumbai's art and cultural infrastructure, providing artists and art enthusiasts with much needed space for art exhibitions, art residencies, film screenings, live demonstrations, presentations, lectures, workshops, educational activities etc in Mumbai.