An art exhibition brought to us by PhilARThropy, an enterprise founded by Pia Bakshi, a talented artist and alumnus of MCM DAV College for Women, took place on December 30th, from 12:00PM -4:00PM at the Back Room Cafe in Sector 34, Chandigarh.
‘PhilARThropy-Art with a Cause’, is an initiative where artists come together, put their art up for sale and all the proceeds from sold pieces go in purchasing necessities for the poor and underprivileged. This winter, it was about getting warm clothing for these very souls. The exhibition showcased a collection of photographs and illustrations by the talented core team Kavya Atray who gave us a range of geometrically inspired images fused magically with nature, Anay Dhiman who put up a diverse range of photographs captured from Mumbai to Chandigarh itself along with some minimalist art, Pia Bakshi who intricate penmanship redefined even the most well-loved lyrics and Dilawar Singh Benipal whose photographs centered around architectural details and monuments.
The event additionally featured pieces by visual artists Chhavi Salwan from MCM whose abstract paintings were mellow and enchanting and Aditi Mittal from Musawar, Chandigarh’s very own Art Community house, whose feminist pieces were edgy yet sophisticated. There were also performances by vocalist and guitarist Kamal Teja, percussionist from Qissa, Puneet Singh, Meher Vadehra(also from Musawar) and Pia Bakshi. The event featured the wonderful spoken word poet, Avleen Kaur Lamba from Mukhtalif who presented her best works- “I Am Beautiful”, “Ear-Blockage” and “Letters”. Finally a rendition of Auld Lang Syne sealed the love affair with art, as we say goodbye to 2016 and prepare to ring in the New Year 2017.
Music, poetry, warmth, visual art and PhilARThropy came together to create a wonderful world of warmth and good will shared by all for all. Dedicated art connoisseurs came and left with a lighter pocket, carrying wonderful art pieces and a skip in their step-leaving behind resources that will help those in need. PhilARThropy has given city dwellers an unforgettable experience that they just can’t get enough of.
About the Author:
Meher is a freelance conceptual artist, writer and activist. She is an avid reader, singer, runner and a foodie!