Captivating stories and experiences of Rahul Kumar, Category Head – Arts and Collectibles – Mojarto
“One of the things I enjoy most as part of my work is to meet artists and people associated with the art field”.
A Relationship between Arpana Caur and Subodh Gupta that you did not know!
I met Arpana Caur, the renowned artist and an amazing person at her residence last week. She runs a small gallery and an Art Academy at the Siri Fort Institutional Area in Delhi. During our conversation, Arpana Di remembered the good old days when Subodh Gupta held his first ever solo exhibition at her gallery…that’s right! She was fondly remembering Subodh when he was a young artist, hadn’t even stepped out in the big art world then, and held his first ever solo show at the ground floor of her academy. She completely admires how he has risen to be the most known and celebrated contemporary artist of the country. Subodh Gupta and Arpana Di used to work in Garhi Studios where she also witnessed the moment when Subodh and Bharti (now his wife) met for the first time! She saw their relationship grow and turn into a beautiful matrimony.
What many of us may not be aware of, also, is the commendable work Arpana Di does for the less-fortunate members of the society. She supports the running of a vocational school for the under-privileged girls that was established, singlehandedly, by her mother. Here, they learn courses for beauty treatment, sewing and embroidery, and basic language and computer skills. She proudly told me that in about four to six months the girls begin to earn and at times they surpass their parent’s income. What captivates my heart is that a substantial portion of her own income from art goes into running the school and her mother’s contributions to few other charities.
While I was sitting with her, a computer mechanic was instructed to refurbish a donated desktop machine such that it could be put in working condition and she could donate it to one of the girls who had started to operate the machine well!
I am left with no words to describe the beautiful afternoon I spent with her. And of course, I must mention the most refreshing lemonade and mouth-watering goodies I got to devour.