An elegant space in the chic neighborhood of Gramercy in New York, Sona restaurant owned by actor Priyanka Chopra will now also showcase 20th century modern Indian art by some of the most recognized names. From the DAG collection, the curated display will be rotated regularly. Speaking of the collaboration, Sona partner restaurateur Maneesh Goyal notes, “Our vision for Sona has always been to showcase our New York audiences at the height of Indian glamor-to broaden the vision of India that people can have when they enter. Appetizing food is the star of course, but no meal at Sona is complete without evoking all the senses. Thus, among our award-winning interior decorations, I dreamed of having spectacular art on the walls that would showcase the wonder and sophistication of Indian and South Asian art.
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Portion modern indian cuisine and boasting interiors inspired by the Art Deco period in India, the restaurant features artwork on the walls from the 1960s to the early 2000s, by artists such as Himmat Shah, GR Santosh and Avinash Chandra. The showcase, also on sale, features an abstract oil on canvas Untitled 1970 by Ambadas and the acrylic from 1987 by Dharmanarayan Dasgupta, where two women dressed in saris are seen talking. If P Khemraj’s 1993 marble-textured acrylic is populated by a mosaic of figures floating among moving clouds, swaying to the cosmic rhythm, Sohan Qadri celebrates life through a chain of interconnected units resembling to strands of DNA, in his 2003 work on paper.
With galleries in Delhi, Mumbai and New York, Ashish Anand, CEO and Managing Director of DAG (formerly Delhi Art Gallery), describes the collaboration as a natural progression. “We have been in New York since 2015 and have offered insight into the diversity and strength of modern Indian art through exhibitions and accompanying catalogues… Our collaboration with Sona feels natural and organic – an extension of this city’s love for Indian flavors as well as art coming together in a celebration that is a feast for all the senses.
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