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Serendipity Arts Foundation, MOJARTO and NDTV present the 

Art Spectrum Awards: South Asia (ASA:SA) 

3 February, New Delhi:   Serendipity Arts Foundation and MOJARTO in collaboration with NDTV presented the second edition of Art Spectrum Awards: South Asia (ASA:SA) at a ceremony held last evening at The Grand, New Delhi. 

The event was attended by prominent Indian and international artists, artisans, designers, international curators, museum representatives, art patrons as well as CEOs and celebrities from across the country.

The Art Spectrum Awards: South Asia aims to reward and encourage creative, transformational initiatives that are making tangible differences to the future of the arts in South Asia, promoting growth via a platform for the arts that supports and leads the interdisciplinary artistic movement in the region. 

Honouring individuals for their unique aesthetic and artistic contributions to the cultural landscape, nominees were selected by an eminent panel of artists, collectors, cultural policy makers, arts institutions, arts patrons and disciplinary specialists.

Speaking at the awards, Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, Founder, Serendipity Arts Foundation said, “Serendipity Arts Foundation is committed to initiating a dialogue around art and culture for bringing about a sustainable positive social impact. Our efforts are focused around creating and using new and innovative ways to promote creativity.  The other attempt is to facilitate convenient and enjoyable ways for the audience to experience the Arts.  At ASA:SA we recognize and acknowledge the efforts and work done by artists across a multitude of disciplines, where  each intervention is created using the arts to impact education, create social initiatives, foster community development, and explore both interdisciplinarity and multi-disciplinarity in the arts, with a special focus on South Asia.”

ASA:SA also aims to inspire emerging artists and practitioners, celebrating innovation, artistic integrity and contributions to education for meaningful and diverse social engagement. The different categories in which nominees are awarded were:
Great Collections, which Celebrating great, unique collections of South Asia with a focus on collectors who have used their personal collections to educate and enrich the arts publicly as well as preserve a specific heritage.

Breaking New Ground (Arts Initiative), awarded to an artist/collective who has initiated public art projects that have had significant cultural and social impact through immersive urban integration
Transformation - Visual Arts Under 45 Years of Age (Painting/Photography/Sculpture/Installation), awarded to an individual who has shown not only technical excellence and aesthetic prowess but also has used their oeuvre to make an impact socially and educationally in their particular field.

Creation- Crafts “Skills of hands and mind”, awarded to the designer/house in the field of stone, wood, textiles and metal that has used traditional techniques combined with modern technology to rethink and redefine design and production processes.

Connection - Performance (Theatre), awarded to an individual/collective using traditional practices and making a contemporary performance piece in an alternate space.

Sensation- (Culinary), awarded to an individual/collective for creative simplicity, sensory complexity, and excellence in the discipline of gastronomy, as well as engaging with ideas of sustainability with an emphasis on regional flavours.

The winners this year for the six different categories were:

  • Great Collections: Aditya Aaryaa
  • Breaking New Ground (Arts Initiative): Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts, Bangladesh
  • Creation- Crafts “Skills of hands and mind”: Varun Seth of Frozen Music
  • Transformation - Visual Arts Under 45 Years of Age : Nasser Yasna
  • Connection - Performance (Theatre): Dharmakirti Sumant
  • Sensation- (Culinary): Chef Prateek Sadhu 

The winners were selected by a special jury that represented a particular creative discipline including Visual Arts (Pramod Kumar KG  and Mitch Crites), Craft (Malvika Singh  and David Abraham), Theatre (Sanjoy Roy, Feisal Alkazi  and Sharmila Tagore) and Culinary (Sid Mathur  and Mita Kapur).

Tara Roy, Founder, Mojarto said, "We are very proud of all the nominees of the 2nd Art Spectrum Awards : South Asia and would like to congratulate them and the winners. We believe that the shortlist of entries for this year, and of course the nominees and winners, represent the best in the diversity of form,  social impact, accessibility of art in South Asia and an interdisciplinary approach that is the cornerstone of both the Serendipity Arts Foundation and ASA:SA. We urge patrons to come forward with their support to keep art alive - a lifeline we desperately need in these times."

The ceremony included performances by classical Kathak dancer and choreographer Gauri Diwakar and Serendipity Soundscapes: Maverick Playlist, which was part of the 2018 Serendipity Arts Festival.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Umesh Saraf, Managing Director, Unison Hotels Ltd. said, 'It gives me immense pleasure to be associated with the Serendipity Arts Foundation. The second edition of ASA:SA 2018 is the first of its kind annual recognition and celebration of a new generation of artists inspired by India’s unique diversity. Artists and audiences alike will be mesmerized with the mosaic in culture and heritage so easily visible in the various categories at this special night at The Grand, New Delhi.'

Art Spectrum Awards: South Asia (ASA:SA) is focused on fostering India’s artistic development and cultural evolution by highlighting the most significant and innovative projects over the previous year’s art calendar, with an emphasis on organisations and individuals who are driving social and public engagement across-disciplines.

The awards reflect the Serendipity Arts Foundation's commitment and continual support of arts development in India. 

About Serendipity Arts Festival

The Foundation's primary initiative and largest project, Serendipity Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts event held annually every December in Goa. Curated by a panel of eminent artists and institutional figures, the Festival is a long-term cultural project that hopes to instigate positive change across the arts in India on a large scale. Spanning the visual, performing and culinary arts, the Festival’s programming includes music, dance, visual arts, craft, photography, film and theatre. The Festival addresses pressing social issues such as arts education and pedagogy, cultural patronage, interdisciplinary discourse, and accessibility to the arts. Serendipity Arts Festival’s intensive programme of exhibitions and performances is energised by spaces for social and educational engagement.  

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