Where and why did you get this artwork?
We bought it at the Dhoomimal Art Centre, which is a great, 70-year-old gallery in Connaught Place. My wife and I spent a lot of time there and we both really liked this piece when it was shown to us.
What drew you to this particular piece?
The painting is obviously a scene from rural Bengal, a village very similar to the place our families come from. It’s very comforting and that is exactly what I like about it. I can look at it and see my ancestral village.
Where do you exhibit it?
It was hung in our bedroom, but when we moved to our new home, we moved it to the main living room to showcase it.
What do you like about this particular artist?
I was actually drawn to the piece, not the artist. I don’t think of this piece as an investment. I do want to invest in art, but I also buy art that I enjoy looking at. Chaturvedi is not the most famous artist and he may never be one. But when we saw this paining I knew it was for me.
What do you think of the explosion of Indian art?
It’s a gold mine. People who are investing in art can really do well, especially because Indian art is now selling overseas. If I had the money, I would get more involved in art.
Rakesh Chaturvedi’s works are available for about Rs50,000.