A 6-yr old’s take on the India Art Fair

It’s an annual ritual, the visit to the India Art Fair. I’m interested in art, of course, but in a general manner. I’m not into buying or collecting, nor do I enthusiastically follow artists and their careers. It’s a nice event to go to to just soak in the trends, often quirky, the crowds and the experience of being surrounded by art. Even though art is not what you would call some of the stuff there!

This year, we took the kids along. We navigated the fair in two groups: Aadyaa, Amma and me in Group 1 and Udai, mum and mum’s friend Bashabi in Group 2. The Art Fair with Aadyaa was a whole different experience altogether! She’s very artistic herself, always drawing even on scraps of paper she finds lying around and it was interesting to see what she liked and what she found amusing. Bright colours, installations that you could interact with, audio-visual exhibits and sculpture were what really got her attention. And large canvases! Here are some pics to give you a better idea….

The first piece we say by Jitesh Killat I think. At this point, Aadyaa was a little dazed by the crowd and the buzz!

The first piece we say by Jitesh Killat I think. At this point, Aadyaa was a little dazed by the crowd and the buzz!

You can't go wrong with butterflies!

You can’t go wrong with butterflies!

Mumma, is that me?

Mumma, is that me?

Aadyaa posing with Aadyaa :)

Aadyaa posing with Aadyaa 🙂

This was the biggest hit of all. The TV and the clock were still working and the fact that the minute and second hands stuck out into space between 12 and 6 was rib tickling!

This was the biggest hit of all with Aadyaa. The TV and the clock were still working and the fact that the minute and second hands stuck out into space between 12 and 6 was rib tickling! Artist: Deepjyoti Kalita

Sneaking in one of my amused moments, a whole bunch of pics of homes taken mostly in Kerala representing the urban dream! All paint companies very much in business!

Sneaking in one of my amused moments, a whole bunch of pics of homes taken mostly in Kerala representing the urban dream! All paint companies very much in business!

My angel!

My angel! The dear old man at the stall helped her onto a chair to post for that pic…

Purda hi purda...having fun peering at each other through the lovely curtains by Pierre Legrand!

Purda hi purda…having fun peering at each other through the lovely curtains by Pierre Legrand!

A brief intersection with members of Team 2

A brief intersection with members of Team 2

Beating up Asim Waqif's piece to hear sounds and other auditory and audio-visual experiences were something new that Aadyaa loved exploring!

Beating up Asim Waqif’s piece to hear sounds and other auditory and audio-visual experiences were something new that Aadyaa loved exploring!

Meeting her friend Soha from school and creating textures on an outdoor exhibit was another highlight. The messier the better!

Meeting her schoolfriend Soha and creating textures on an outdoor exhibit was another highlight. The messier the better!

Those boxes were made to jump on! The installation that greets you at the fair is made by Space Matters, an architectural practice run by friends from SPA.

Those boxes were made to jump on! The installation that greets you at the fair is made by Space Matters, an architectural practice run by friends from SPA.

 

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About ramblinginthecity

I am an architect and urban planner, a writer and an aspiring artist. I love expressing myself and feel strongly that cities should have spaces for everyone--rich, poor, young, old, healthy and sick, happy or depressed--we all need to work towards making our cities liveable and lovable communities.

Posted on February 5, 2014, in Arts and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. The boxes can be used for free running 😀

  2. Good One. Its amazing to look the world through a child’s eye. They see things differently.

    I hope you are interested in Arts. If so you should not miss the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2014 when it happens in Kochi, Kerala.

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