Tata Steel managing director TV Narendran speaks at the inaugural function of Art in Industry at Centre for Excellence on Thursday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Steel meets strokes.
The 2014 edition of Tata Steel’s Art in Industry, a two-decade-old initiative, was jointly inaugurated on Thursday at the Centre for Excellence by one of the most revered names in contemporary art, Anjolie Ela Menon, and the corporate major’s managing director T.V. Narendran.
This year’s event also boasts an art appreciation workshop by Menon, famed for her paintings and murals.
“This is the first time that there is an appreciation workshop for senior executives of Tata Steel. An opportunity to interact with an artist like Menon is rare,” said Jenny Shah, head of Centre for Excellence and public relations, Tata Steel.
This apart, the three-day exhibition is hosting 21 artists from across the country. Some of them will also conduct art camps for aspiring Picassos.
Distinguished painters taking part at the event include Yusuf Arrakal, Manoj Mitra, Suman Gupta, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Prithvi Soni, Madhuri Bhaduri, Ranadip Mukherjee, Somenath Maity, Susmita Banerjee, Jyoti Hattarki, Nupur Kundu, Rajat Subhra Bandopadhyay, D.N. Rao, Mukhtar Ahmed Sardar, Subhas Pujahari and Poonam Kishor.
Speaking on the occasion, Narendran said Tata Steel had always promoted art and would continue to do so.
He also spoke of plans to expedite construction of the proposed art gallery-cum-convention centre with a capacity of 700 near the Centre of Excellence.
“We have already started working on the upcoming gallery,” Narendran added.
During the course of Art in Industry, workshops for both children and budding artists will be held. Art in Industry fulfils diverse objectives — giving a platform for established and budding painters, bringing lesser-known artists to the notice of connoisseurs and adding value to Tata Steel’s art collection.
The Tatas have been patrons of art since the 1940s, when Progressive Artists’ Group came into being.