Husain's paintings removed from India Art Summit
who hoped to catch M.F. Husain's paintings at the India Art Summit
here have disappointment in store, with the organisers Friday
saying they had received at least 20 e-mails warning
New Delhi: Drawing hundreds of people
from different walks of life, the third India Art Summit in Delhi
has proved a huge hit. Into it second day Saturday, the summit
galleries found art aficianados enjoying every minute of their
The reason could be anything - investment, passion or plain
curiosity, but the summit has succeeded in drawing a cross section
of people to its premises at the capital's Pragati Maidan
The three-day celebration of art will conclude Sunday.
With 84 galleries from 20 countries participating, the art summit
has grown in size over the past edition. As far as the
international participation goes, the number of galleries has
increased from 17 in 2010 to 34 this year.
Anusha Roy, a photographer at the summit, said she was amazed to
the see such a big crowd.
"It was unbelievable! When I saw this serpentine queue, I thought
there must be some other event going on. Then I realised that the
crowd was for the summit. There were hundreds of them," Roy told
Asha Patel, a home maker waiting at the ticket counter, said this
was the first time she was coming to an art fair, and that all
because of her daughter.
"My daughter is a good painter and wants to take it up as a full
time profession. But my husband and I were not very sure about how
that would be...we both have no idea about art. That's why we are
here, to learn and interact with artists and other professionals,"
Rahul Jain, an artist from the city, was surprised by the kind of
crowd at the event.
"It's no longer restricted to a few intellectuals and artists.
There are people from all walks of life coming to the summit. They
are buying the (Rs.200) ticket and spending time there, looking
around and talking to the curators. For an artist, this kind of
interest is very encouraging," Jain told IANS.
A lot of students attended the fair too.
Yamini of the Delhi Art Gallery, which is a participant at the
summit, said: "The response has been very good. There have been a
number of visitors, including college students and school
There were also many who came to the summit for investment
"I am an art collector so I couldn't have missed the art summit.
It's good to see how it has grown and become a major event in the
region. I hope to pick up a few pieces at the end of the summit,"
Rashi Mehra, a Delhi resident, said.