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.

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.

Anindita Ghose