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Sandhini Poddar, Rajiv Savara, Sangita Jindal, and Anurag Khanna in Mumbai on November 29, 2013. (Asia Society India Centre)
by Radha Venkatraman
30 November 2013

MUMBAI, November 29, 2013 — The world of art collectors is infamously impenetrable: cloaked in an industry reliant on personal connections and hiding magnificent collections behind the closed doors of collectors' private homes. Asia Society India Centre sought to shed light on this little-seen or -understood segment of arts society by facilitating an open discussion amongst eminent Indian art collectors. Moderated by one of India's leading art minds, Sandhini Poddar, Associate Curator at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the discussion featured Anurag Khanna, Director of Carbon Edge Industries; Sangita Jindal, Chairperson of JSW Foundations; and Rajiv Savara, Managing Director of G&T Total Energy Services.

The three panelists introduced the methodology behind their own impressive and expansive collections, offering an insight into their motivations and the impulses that contribute to their artistic decisions. The discussion revealed clear differentiation between their methodologies, particularly contrasting the predetermined and precise "collecting vertically” of Khanna and Savara against Jindal's openly compulsive acquisitions. Above all else, the four exhibited a clear and unmistakably fervent passion for art and the betterment of their collections.

Beyond their own collections, the panelists engaged important macro issues in the sphere of art in India. They all acknowledged the superiority of leading international art institutions and exhibited frustration with India's public art institutions. Looking forward, the panelists all harbour exciting plans to share their collections with the public in India and the world.

For more information on Khanna, Jindal and Savara's collections and their insights into the realities of collecting art in India, watch the video highlights of our programme below.

Reported by Thomas Pierce, Intern, Asia Society India Centre

Video: Exceprts from the programme (8 min., 35 sec.)

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