Actor Naseeruddin Shah stares out of a single-shot video frame. In the background, a poem scrolls across: ”I have to conclude my lord…… that you tricked me to serve you.” Shah and Mumbai-based artist Riyas Komu collaborated on a 13 minute video installation meant for at ‘India on Canvas’, a charity auction for Khushii, an NGO dedicated to the cause of poor and destitute communities in rural India. “The idea behind ‘India on Canvas’ is to make these two separate India one. Those who have everything for those who do not have anything” says Aman Nath, chief patron for Khushii.
Under the hammer
The auction, to be conducted by Christie’s on 28 October at Mumbai’s Turf Club, will have 135 works of artists in collaboration with renowned industrialists, actors, sportsmen and art patrons such as Kumar Mangalam Birla, the Indian cricket team, authors Vikram Seth and Amitav Ghosh, film-maker Mira Nair and others. “The artist were given their preferences of personalities,” says Nath.
“I am a huge fan of Naseeruddin Shah, he was my first preference from the film world. The most fulfilling experience of this project was the amount of time I got to spend with him” says Komu.