05.02.2022

CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT OF INDIA 

by Funun Arts

(Saju Nair - Dubai) World Expo in Dubai, has been attracting millions of tourists from across the globe making this part of the world a buzzing center of attention and a popular destination for tourism. The spectacular opening ceremony of Expo 2020 featured the inspiring past of this great nation and its ambition to emerge as a leading player in the global community. Over 3000 people witnessed the magnanimous event live from the venue while millions all across the world eagerly sat on the edge of their seats to experience the same through various visual and social media handles. Every growing day, the popularity of this event increases exponentially and so, this event has witnessed a surge in the number of visitors from all across the globe. Sports icons, business magnets, state diplomats, world leaders, renowned silver screen stars, motivational speakers, spiritual leaders, renowned musicians, popular music bands, and many more have visited this event and the organizers are expecting a substantial increase in footfall as we are nearing the end of this great event. Please click on the link below to read more about the celebration of the century - 'World Expo 2020'.

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Moments from the event

India, one of the largest democracies in the world and seventh largest country by area, is rich with vibrant traditions and culture. As part of celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Indian independence, there are various events conducted in India and the Indian community residing in other countries as well. The United Arab Emirates is a country that hosts more than 3 Million Indian citizens so, this special day is celebrated in a wide spectrum here. As always, the art industry in the UAE responds very positively to celebrations of any kind and as a result, there were multiple gatherings conducted all over the country. One such event took place on the 28th of January 2022 at Novotel World Trade Center Hotel in Dubai.

Moments from the event

January 26th is celebrated as the Republic day of independent India and it was on this day in 1930 that Purna Swaraj' was declared. And so, after years of struggle under colonial rule, India gained independence and paved the road to democracy. To commemorate this monumental occasion, one of the leading art galleries in UAE, Funun Arts, supported by the Indian consulate in Dubai as part of the 75th Anniversary of Indian independence conducted an art exhibition associating with 40 extremely talented artists residing in UAE. The stunning artworks displayed at the magnificent ambiance of Novotel Trade Center guided the visitors through India's urban cities and villages and its vibrant culture and rich heritage. The artists also utilized this platform to introduce various traditional art forms of India to the global community and to the art enthusiasts residing in the UAE. The art exhibition titled 'Rang' was designed by the renowned curator and founder of Funun Arts, Ms. Shiba Khan and Creative Director/ Co-Founder, Ms. Farah Khan

Moments from the event

The event commenced with the national anthem of UAE and India followed by the lamp lighting ceremony by the invited guests marking the formal opening of the art exhibition titled 'Rang'. The opening address by Ms. Shiba Khan - founder of Funun Arts gave an overview of the event and during her speech, she recollected her childhood memories about India and shared them with the audience. The event was inaugurated by Ms. Tadu Mamu - Consul, Press, Information and Culture, Consulate of India Dubai in the presence of Ms. Irka Bochenko - Famous Hollywood actress, Musician and Performer, Ms. Nisha Ganapathi - Group Product Manager, Dabur International, Ms. Nada Al Barazi - Eminent artist, Ms. Purva Grover - Author, Speaker and Journalist, Mr. Ahmed Al Awadhi - Eminent Emirati Artist and Businessman, Mr. Peter Gressmann - Founder of artforumuae along with the artists, various other dignitaries and visitors. These beautiful artworks shall be displayed till 8th February 2022, gifting an opportunity for art enthusiasts to experience these artworks first-hand.

"My heartiest greetings to all of you, here, in India and abroad, on the eve of the 73rd Republic Day! It is an occasion to celebrate what is common to us all, our Indian-ness. It was on this day in 1950 that this sacred essence of us all assumed a formal shape. That day, India was established as the largest democratic republic and 'we the people' put into effect a Constitution that is an inspired document of our collective vision. India is celebrating its 73rd Republic Day and given that Republic Day this year falls in the 75th year of India's Independence, we have linked it with January 23 to mark the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and culminating on January 30, which is observed as Martyrs' Day. Congratulations to Shiba Khan and Farah Khan for such a beautiful event." Says Ms. Tadu Mamu, Chief guest of the event in her inaugural address

Artworks exhibited @ 'Rang'

Artists from Russia, Ukraine, Iran and Egypt came forward to express their solidarity with the Indian art community and surprised the gathering with their magnificent portrayal of Indian culture and heritage. This element about the event was truly fascinating because it highlights the fact that Funun Arts has taken the initiative to surpass boundaries and unite people from different regions of the world in the name of celebration and art. It was clearly visible that each artist had taken time to thoroughly study their subjects before capturing their essence through paints on a canvas. Every detail was painted to perfection and the thoughts and emotions behind each artwork resonated both emotionally and visually with the viewers. The artworks exhibited were created using a wide array of colors, techniques and mediums. Every artist was given the opportunity to explain the techniques used in their paintings along with the thought that went into it and the emotion that they felt during the process of its making. As an observer of art, knowing the story behind an artwork increases its visual and emotion appeal monumentally. What might seem mundane at first will transform into a thing of pure wonder after understanding the story behind every layer of paint. 

Artworks exhibited @ 'Rang'

Music has always ensured its prominence in Indian culture and enjoys a predominant acceptance all over the world. The world has always looked up to India for its wide variety in music and over the years, India has produced talented musicians and ensured its unique presence in world music. Considering the fact that the celebration of India is incomplete without Music, a musical performance by Ustad Ajmal Ali supported by the musicians from Art & Music Movement Society entertained the gathering with authentic Indian music. A special category award was also announced during the evening for the best traditionally dressed artists and the winners were Anubha Kaw, Ankisha Jhawar, and Sabah Anees.

Artworks exhibited @ 'Rang'

"It was indeed a privilege for me to be invited as a special guest to this event to celebrate the republic day of India. What fascinates me is the rich tradition and vibrant culture of India that was beautifully presented by Funun arts and the participated artists. Traditionally dressed artists, organizers, Guests and various programs focusing on the culture of India were indeed a visual treat. The artworks exhibited were very colorful that have taken me virtually to all parts of India as the subjects the artist selected were vast from the South to the North of India. Here, in this part of the world, the presence of Indians is large in numbers and I too have many Indian friends from different segments. Whenever I meet them I have expressed my curiosity to know more about the art and culture of India and it is also really surprising to realize that this country is a home to dozens of languages and enormous regional and traditional cuisines. I should say that India is one of those countries I would really like to visit as I feel the uniqueness. The artworks that we have seen in this exhibition are the colors of life and just like music is life for me." Says Ms. Irka Bochenko -Famous Hollywood actress, Musician and Performer.

Eminent Artist Ms. Nada Al Barazi - Special guest to this event shared her views about Rang "It was my honor to attend such an amazing exhibition on the occasion of the 73rd Republic Day of India which was supported by the Consulate General of India. I really enjoyed the event a lot especially when I saw the beautiful artworks from 40 artists that portrayed different forms of amazing Indian art. The exhibition was different, unique, and special because it's not only an Art exhibition but also a Journalist like Purva Grover recited her poetic prose, "It's Take Lot To Be An Indian" and the way she narrated it was nostalgic and even refreshing. Needless to say, the cultural dress walk by the artists who wore the beautiful dress related to Indian culture and tradition was very impressive. Music has always been my passion and to hear the traditional Indian music live by the Art and Music Movement Society was incredible and in my humble opinion Funun Art is doing a great job, not only are they organizing such wonderful exhibitions and events, but also they're connecting artists from different nationalities and letting them learn about each other's culture. So I feel that this event was a celebration of togetherness. My best wishes to Funun Arts for all their future endeavors. Keep up the Great Work!" Says Ms. Nada Al Barazi.



Ms. Purva Grover who has established her presence in the world of literature as an author, journalist, poetess, playwright, and stage director came out with a unique concept of describing India. The narration of the words beautifully written by Ms. Purva with a touch of humor induced a sense of nostalgia in all those gathered in the venue. "During our growing-up years, the highlight of Republic Day celebrations at school was dressing up in Indian wear for the day and the ladoos (Indian sweet) that were distributed at the end of the function! Funun's Rang came close enough to that! It felt like we were back in school, waiting for the treat as we all wore the Indian colors as pride. I am always happy to be surrounded by art, especially with Funun, for Funun over the years has emerged as a community with a focus on providing opportunities to the fraternity. At each of their events, I see the community getting larger, yet closer. As an author, I'm keen to save stories, for I feel that in the end, we are all stories and hence we need more tales to be told. It was an inimitable experience, to sum up, all of ours growing up years in poetic prose in Hinglish and read it out at the event. I called it, 'It Takes A Lot To Be An Indian', #NRIWALAREPUBLICDAY, and loved how everyone in the audience got nostalgic and the anecdotes of the piece resonated with them," said Ms. Purva Grover who was also a special guest for this event.

Funun Arts has received immense appreciation and acceptance for successfully organizing the event titled 'Rang'. "Standing here, amidst the people who are proudly showcasing their Indian heritage, brings a quote of Mark Twain to mind, 'India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.' The art forms of India are incredible and the beauty of it can be experienced in the whole world. India is known for its colors, vibrancy and rich culture and heritage. Today we are happy to present the artists not only from India but from many different nationalities. It makes us proud to see these artists depicting the colors of India. We would also tender our gratitude to Mr. Ferry Trinidad - Digital Cluster Manager and the entire team of Novotel Trade Center Hotel for providing us with all necessities and for supporting us to successfully execute this project." Says Ms. Shiba Khan - Artist, fashion designer and Curator of 'Rang'.

"As told, culture plays an important role in the development of any nation. It represents a set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices. Culture and creativity manifest themselves in almost all economic, social and other activities. A country as diverse as India is symbolized by the plurality of its culture. India has one of the world's largest collections of songs, music, dance, theatre, folk traditions, performing arts, rites and rituals, paintings and writings that are known, as the 'Intangible Cultural Heritage' (ICH) of humanity. So, when we decided to organize an event to celebrate Indian Republic Day we were pretty sure about the elements that we needed to include to celebrate India as a whole." States Ms. Farah Khan - Creative Director and Co-founder of Funun Arts

Artworks exhibited @ 'Rang'

The astonishing creations of Adelina Maria Baldivin, Anita Jain, Anjini Prakash Laitu, Ankisha Jhawar, Anubha Kaw, Anasuya Patra, Christine Dessa, Diana Shaykhutdinova, Dr. Devishree, Dr. Soumya Shree, Dr. Wesam Mamdouh, Farah Khan, Gomathi Shiva, Hengameh Tajiki, Indrani Ilmi, Kavitha Vinod, Kavya Vinod, Khan Ayaan Abdulla, Medha Nerurkar, Mohammed Huzaifa Khan, Moni Shyam, Pari Sagar, Poonam Chaturvedi, Radhika Kamat, Rani Vishwambharan, Riya Shah, Sabah Anees, Sabrin Asker Ali, Saida Banu, Saima Hasan, Sameena Firdose, Sheetal Durve, Shiba Khan, Smitashree Balaji, Susmitha Dhruva, Tatiana Gurova, Tatiana Yatlo, Vandana Arora, Varsha Khatri and Vidisha Pandey adorned the venue in a dazzling array of colors. 

Artworks exhibited @ 'Rang'

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