On 19 January, India witnessed the launch of its first art hotel, Le Sutra. An initiative of the Bajaj Group, the 16-room boutique residency hotel is nestled in the Mumbai suburb of Khar and exhibits artworks by emerging contemporary artists such as Ajay Gulati and Tikendra Sahu.
The hotel’s design has been influenced by tenets of classical Indian philosophy; the rooms, for instance, are themed on the three gunas: Tamas (opulent and erotic), Rajas (vibrant and stylish) and Sattva (minimalist and ethereal).
Art house: Le Sutra is presently open on an invitation-only basis.
Radha Bajaj, director, Le Sutra, says the theme was decided after years of research: “International travellers come here seeking an Indian ethos and increasingly, Indians are getting drawn to their heritage too.” Currently, the hotel is open on an invitation-only basis, with four rooms available on its Sattvic floor. A one-night stay costs upwards of Rs8,000.