CELEBRATION OF COLORS @ ‘Rang’ an event by the Khan Sisters

(Saju Nair - Dubai) Events related to art are flourishing in The United Arab Emirates and the current pandemic has failed to stall the activities in the region. Although several restrictions were introduced, the art fraternity has taken every precautionary measure solemnly and have continued to conduct regular events through virtual platforms such as Zoom. We owe it to the major art galleries for exploring innovative ideas to maintain the momentum and keep our spirits high. They have pushed forward with an intension to spread joy and positivity during this parlous time. When the world was blessed with the news of the creation of a successful vaccine, the UAE stepped forward and worked towards rapidly providing the vaccine for a majority of its population. With a clear vision and precise planning, the administration in the country has facilitated its citizens will all the amenities required to keep the citizens of the country safe and healthy. We all pray and hope that the world heals from this virus enabling the community to once again, cherish their professional and social life to the fullest. 

Artworks displayed @ 'Rang'

The success of art events organized by the galleries are based on various factors some of which include the reputation of the gallery, the organizing capabilities of the people behind the working of the gallery, associated artists and the participation of distinguished personalities. One of the most important factors that calls for special recognition is the support extended by the distinguished personalities from the field of art and from other segments. These great people make the time to grace these events and to interact with the artists to aid them in honing their skills while providing them with valuable insight after careful analysis. They have dedicated their life for the wellbeing of the art fraternity and their unconditional contribution will always be a treasure for the art industry. This is the beauty of art in the UAE, we are gifted with the presence of such a supportive and encouraging community that always pushes artists to think beyond their comfort zones and to find their true calling. 

Artworks displayed @ 'Rang'

One of the first onsite events, since quite a long time, was curated by one of the best and most well-reputed galleries in the region on the 25th of January 2021 at the extravagant ambiance of Novotel to commemorate the 72nd Republic day of India which is celebrated on 26th January 2021. Ms. Shiba Khan and Ms. Farah Khan, the founders of Funun Arts, didn't have to think twice about giving a title for their exhibition and dubbed it as 'Rang' which is a Hindi word that translates to 'Color' in English. India, being the largest democracy on the planet, has a population of 1.3 billion and is home to the most religiously and ethnically diverse range of traditions and cultures that are widely celebrated with great enthusiasm and it is this simple reason that led to the great acceptance of the title 'Rang' for an event curated to celebrate India's vivid culture. 'Rang' was rich with the participation of 30 Indian artists who showcased 60 artworks that depict the staunch patriotism of the artist towards their country while stimulating a similar sense of togetherness in all those who witnessed these creations. All participating artists expressed their love and admiration to the country by portraying various themes from all across India and each artwork was a unique interpretation of the artist's imagination.

Artworks displayed @ 'Rang'

As told, each artwork was not created to simply be visually pleasing but instead, they were created with a purpose to communicate, both emotionally and visually, with the viewer. The artworks displayed at the venue were vibrant in colors and they were created in distinguished mediums. Traditional art to modern art, each creation had its own element that made it stand out from the rest and this kept the visitors engaged and on their toes to know the story behind each work. Be it alluring landscapes, works depicting the colonialization of India by the British, striking abstract creations, scenes depicted from religious scriptures, beautiful postures of classical dance forms and calligraphy art, each artwork displayed had an inspiring story to magnify its beauty manifold.

Artworks displayed @ 'Rang'

Starting off with just a few artists, Funun Arts has quickly risen through the ranks and established their identity as one of the most successful galleries in the region. Over the period of time, they have given life to some of the most memorable events filled with artists from across the world and respected dignitaries from several fields. They have worked hard towards providing a platform for artists to shine and have acquired a reliable and respectable position in the art community. With utmost transparency and close collaboration with the community, Funun Arts continues to give artists opportunities to exhibit their talents in a space that is affordable and amongst people who encourage them to enhance their creativity.

Moment from the inauguration ceremony

Their initiatives towards social and noble causes for the betterment of society has enabled Funun Arts to curate some inspiring events to support and reach out to those in need. Curator of 'Rang' and founder of Funun Arts, Ms. Shiba Khan says "The symbolism of color stands out and controls every aspect of life in India, it can be religion, politics or festivals. In India, even if it's from the north, south, west, or east, color and culture go hand in hand. Just like many other cultures across the world, there are some typical classifications of color to be found in India. Being an active part of this community we believe that art is not only paints and canvases, it is also a form through which you can communicate without holding back and that brings about a sense of positive energy which is priceless."

Moment from the inauguration ceremony

'Rang' was inaugurated on 25th January 2021 by Dr. Aman Puri, the Consul General of India who is also a member of the Indian Foreign Services and he was appointed in Dubai after his service as Consul General in the United Kingdom. An art enthusiast and a respectable diplomat, Dr. Aman Puri interacted with every artist present and enquired and experienced the stories, emotions and feelings behind their creations and Mr. Puri says "India has always been exalted and remembered fondly as the country of symbolic colors. To an outsider, the colorful culture, streets and stories seem like a page out of an ancient folk tale. But color, has been a large part of the Indian consciousness." Dr. Puri also expressed his ideas and vision to collaborate with artists in coming years and to organize events that will enhance the vicinity of the vibrant culture of India with due respect to the Emirati traditions and cultures.

The opening evening of 'Rang' was also graced with the presence of His Excellency Suhail Mohd. Al Zarooni, Guinness World Record Holder, A Philanthropist, An Author, An Emirati Collector, Ambassador for UAE for President Abdul Kalam Foundation, Ambassador at Large and Emirati Businessman. His Excellency is an art enthusiast and is very closely connected with the artists in The United Arab Emirates. By taking the lead in supporting artists and to inspire them, His Excellency has ensured his presence in various art gatherings that has taken place across the region. "Color is an expression of faith and beliefs. In a country as diverse and culturally vibrant as India, it is perhaps the common, simple expressions of color that holds together a multitude of outlooks, lifestyles, and traditions." Says His Excellency Suhail Mohd. Al Zarooni.

Moment from the inauguration ceremony

"Ever since the establishment of Funun, we have associated with more than 400 multinational artists and we are proud to state that even after such a long time, we continue to enjoy and cherish a very pleasing relation with all those who have been with us and we keep welcoming new faces for all our events. As Funun, we have always ensured maximum transparency and through our contacts and by exploring new opportunities, we aim to provide artists with an affordable space to exhibit their creations. If we have managed to gain success in all the events that we have curated, it is all because of the unconditional trust and support of the artists and other distinguished personalities and we make sure that we don't leave any stones unturned and live up to or exceed the expectations of the art community. We believe that this trust among the artist is the reason that Funun is managing to host shows in a large scale. 'Rang' is very close to our heart as the intention behind this gathering was to celebrate this special day by honoring our motherland in the country we treat as our second home." Says Ms. Farah Khan, Creative Director of Funun Arts.

This event also witnessed the launch of the new brand, 'SHIFARA'. The beautifully designed and adroitly packed gift boxes consisted of an original artwork signed by the artist supported with the authenticity certificate in addition to other customized souvenirs. This gift was indeed presented in a lovely way and the contents of the box had a special value of its own. A value that simply cannot be described by words alone. This gift box is absolutely ideal for corporate gifts or even for personal gifts as each box is unique in its own special way. "ShiFara collection is a collaborative collection by us, Shiba Khan and Farah Khan. It is a reflection of our bond, a fusion of our style and an outcome of our creativity. You can see our love in every art work and the way they complement each other makes them entirely unique. "Says the creators of ShiFara. As part of the product launch, specially customized hampers from ShiFara collections was gifted to the distinguished guest of the evening who joined the wide spectrum of artists at Novotel to celebrate the colors of India in UAE - 'Rang'.

On behalf of iltelevisionario2, I, Saju Nair and Ms. Alessandra Giorda extend our warm wishes and congratulates Funun Arts for hosting a great show.

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