The most keenly awaited event in Mumbai’s art calendar, the RPG Academy’s Annual Art Camp, which brings together the best among international and national artists, returns to mark the confluence of the finest artistic talents. Hosted by Harsh Goenka and Vickram Sethi of Arts Trust, this year, the Art Camp will be held from November 30 to December 6, 2009.
Several well known artists from India and abroad, including Anjolie Ela Menon, Paresh Maity, Charmi Gada Shah, Chinmoy Pramanick, Dileep Sharma, Yashwant Deshmukh, Ajay Dhandre, Debraj Goswami, Janet Treloar, Sonia Mehra Chawla, T K Muralidharan, Krishen Khanna, Parvathi Nayar, Prasanta Sahu, Mithu Sen, Samit Das, Prajakta Potnis, T M Azis, Nick Hornby, Shalina Vichitra and Suneel Mamadapur are participating this year at the Camp.
The serene and idyllic environs of Marve provide the ultimate setting for these enormously talented and celebrated artists to let their imagination roam free and push new frontiers of creativity. The result of this week-long extravaganza of creative forces, where they live and breathe the various colours of life, will be artistic creations which will set new standards of creative excellence.
In existence for over 12 years, the RPG Art Camp has now become much more than a gathering of the finest artists. It is a unique event in India’s art calendar with a unique setting and a diverse array of artists.
Says RPG Enterprises chairman, and art patron Harsh Goenka: “The Art Camp is a liberating environment against the backdrop of the vast expanse of the sea, the cool breeze and the changing light tones of the sun. There is also the confluence of a diversity of ideas, styles and
creativity. There is a lightness in the atmosphere that permeates the otherwise intense creativity during the camp. I
have seen over the last ten years of the camp that the artists who come really find it a very satisfying experience.”
Vickram Sethi, the other prime mover of the Camp, who, together with Goenka, came up with the concept, adds: “We have been having the camp now for over a decade. Different artists from India and the world have come to experience this week long activity of painting, relaxation, fun, knowledge sharing and most importantly, mutual learning and sharing of skills. It is a truly unique situation
for artists who otherwise are lonely and solitary workers in their studios most of the time.”
During the week-long Camp at the RPG beach house, the immensely talented artists absorb the sights and sounds of the Marve beach, the lush greenery, the sunrise and sunset, all of which stir their creative instincts, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are no boundaries, no rules or timelines, just a constant flow of creativity and boundless artistic energy, leading to some of the finest creations in the world of art.
At a time when the world needs to come closer in peace and harmony, the Art Camp is a small way of saying that the colours of the world are for everyone, everywhere, and they mix in a gigantic cauldron of humanity.