To put up an exhibition is always exciting. The joy is not so much in seeing months of dedicated hard work being put up to be shared with members of the public, as it is the opportunity to meet people from different walks of life and hear their views and share a bit of their life.
For this show, I had the grand fortune of meeting some wonderful people from all walks of life… a trekker passing through Delhi, on his way to the hills, sharing his exciting memories with me….mothers with talented children, looking for some direction, a bank officer with the heart of a poet, an Orthodontist with the soul of an artist…
Each one pulled by destiny so that our paths could cross for those few moments and we could be more like friends and less strangers.
So here we were, a trekker, a baker (who had brought some delicious home-made oatmeal cookies!), a surgeon, some sundry visitors, all standing and discussing art and life, mountains and Rhododendron treks, when we were joined by another gentleman. As the conversation opened up, we found out that he was a singer who had sung for the All India Radio!
Seeing this motley bunch sitting around, I said, “Mehfil to saji hui hai, koi geet suna dee jeeye.”
To our utter joy, he asked, “Hemant Kumar, Kishore Kumar, ya Lata Mangeshkar?”
And there it started, an impromptu gathering of people from different walks of life, surrounded by paintings and Arica Palms and bird song, listening to an extremely gifted vocalist in the middle of an art gallery!
I think this is why I love having art exhibitions… It shows me that they are as much about art as they are about sharing the beauty of life!