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Promoting an Artistic Legacy

The philosophy of the Sandeep & Gitanjali Maini Foundation (SGMF) has always been to promote art and culture, one of the most overlooked, but significant sectors in social development. In keeping with this ideology the release of ‘Hidden Truth’ Raja Ravi Varma: The Inside Story, a project undertaken by The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, was supported wholeheartedly by SGMF.

Rukmini Varma, chairperson of The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, who is also the author of this book, is an acclaimed artist in her own right, while also being the sole custodian of Ravi Varma’s artist legacy. Being the legendary artist’s great great granddaughter, she was privy to a lot of facts and stories narrated to her by her grandmother Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, the last Maharani of Travancore, and other elders of the family.

Rukmini Varma has chronicled facts about Ravi Varma’s inner psyche, offering a glimpse into the artist’s mind - how he thought, his inspiration and several other pertinent facts that offer a much deeper insight into his life and work. Much of what she has penned was jotted down by Ravi Varma himself in pages of a book that the author happened to chance upon.

‘Hidden Truth’ Raja Ravi Varma: The Inside Story was officially launched on 29th April 2018, the 170th birth anniversary of the artist. The audience comprised of art lovers who had deep appreciation for Ravi Varma’s work and were eager to learn more about him through Rukmini Varma’s book.

Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village

Hasta Shilpa or hand-carved art is an apt name as the founder, single-handedly, has come up with this Hasta Shilpa Heritage village in Manipal. Literally, it is the hands of Vijayanath Shenoy that has shaped this mecca of heritage in a single space. He took it upon himself as a personal crusade to reinstate the rich heritage of the state.

It goes unsaid that architecture is an integral part of a country’s history and prominence lie in its heritage. In simple terms, it speaks of the past glory through the heritage. It has painstakingly assembled rich culture, be it cuisine, customs, arts and of course, architecture.

Founders’ Sandeep & Gitanjali Maini visited Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village, Manipal. This is ongoing progression for promoting Art and Culture, while sustaining the historical conservation of Architecture.

SGMF, in its own humble way, helps keep the rich heritage alive. SGMF has provided Eco-friendly transportation buggies for the use of visitors. SGMF also provides financial assistance to help upkeep the place.

The foundation is constantly making an effort to propagate and spread awareness of the Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village in several forums.

Protecting the Asian Elephant

MSKK is actively engaged in supporting and protecting the Asian elephant, an endangered species whose numbers have dropped by a whopping 90% in the last 100 years. The NGO Elephant Family supports over 160 field projects across the world and they launched a public art event — Elephant Parade — in Mumbai in February 2018. The event was aimed to generate funds to secure elephant corridors across India. It witnessed 101 sculptures of richly painted elephants from leading designers which were auctioned to raise funds. MSKK bid for the artefact Elephant Rukmini in the paddled auction. A splendid creation with acrylic paints, colour stones and varnish by Vinita Chaitanya, Elephant Rukmini is a stunning royal blue, adorned with beautiful temple jewellery.

SGMF’s slice of history at Shravanabelagola

Shravanabelagola is one of the most prominent Jain pilgrimage centres located some 145 kms from Bengaluru. The small town houses the world’s tallest, 57-foot-high monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali.

The highlight of the town is the Mahamastakabhisheka that happens every 12 years. It’s a ten-day long festival that has put the town on the world map and this year’s event held between February 17-26 is reported to have attracted a global audience of around staggering 4 million.

The unique feature of this year’s Mahamastakabhisheka was an art festival on the sidelines of the grand event. The Sandeep and Gitanjali Maini Foundation (SGMF), sponsored a cause dear to it: art.

SGMF has been fostering promotion of art and culture in multiple platforms. True to our philosophy this grand event juxtaposes heritage and art seamlessly and endorses the spirit of Indian culture.

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