A book for art, of art, by the artists...

Lalit Kala Akademi is known for promoting art; and to make that fact popular, a book on the efforts of the Akademi, titled Lalit Kala Contemporary Anniversary , has been written.

Monday evening (February 16) saw the official launch of the book as lovers of art and books gathered at a leading five star hotel to celebrate and cheer.

It was a warm evening with a select few that began with the ambassador of Germany Fiorenza Richter welcoming all. Union Minister for Disinvestment Arun Shourie launched the book, the cover of which has been designed by renowned artist Anjolie Ela Menon.

While the guests browsed through the book that encompasses a wide range of artists and their works, editor Betty Saldanha let on about the quarterly publication saying, ‘‘This book is divided into several parts, one of which comprises an introduction to new artists. Some of the names we have in this issue are Catherine Young, Liz Illman, Dinesh Kurekar, Jyoti Sharma, Keshav
Malik, Payal Mohanka and Shabnam Mehra.’’ She added that the book throws light on international art and artists and hence would make people appreciate and learn art, rather than disparage it.

The evening was followed by cocktails. This was just the excuse needed to let one’s hair down and mingle. And the crowd did just that. Many were seen enjoying coffee with rich chocolate pastries.

Seen having a good time through out the event was chairman, Apeejay Surendra Group, Shireen Paul who looked elegant in a black salwar kameez . Convener Lalit Kala Akademi Sushma Behl, Edmund and Megan Marsden of British Council and Maxwell Pereira were also part of the lovely evening.

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