Air India has been invited by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to participate in the International Women’s Day Exhibition at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
Air India had put up a selection of 15 paintings of Ms. B. Prabha from its collection for this prestigious international event, which was inaugurated on 8th March, 2013, to commemorate the International Women’s Day.
This showcasing of Air India’s Art Collection after several years comes in the wake of new initiatives that has shown signs of the regeneration of the ‘New Air India‘. “Sunrise” – one of the paintings by Ms. B. Prabha featured in the exhibition aptly reflects the new spirit of Air India. Addressing a gathering of art connoisseurs, Air India patrons and international delegates at the event, Mr. Rohit Nandan, Chairman & Managing Director, Air India, said “There is something universal in the paintings of Ms. Prabha. She represents the universal saga of womanhood all over the world and we in Air India are proud to bring Prabha to Paris…Air India historically has been a patron of arts and culture. The founder of Air India, JRD Tata was a known patron of arts and was one of the first people who started buying art……During the last one decade, we have had problems like all airlines have had in the world, there has been the impact of recession, the impact of economic downturn and as a result all our attention was completely riveted to more mundane things like financial management. But now the first beam of recovery has started kissing our forehead and it has re-awakened us to our commitment towards art and culture and it is part of this endeavor that we have organized this painting exhibition in partnership with UNESCO.”
The Air India Art Collection – one of the largest corporate collections in India – developed over six decades, comprises items of art ranging from contemporary paintings and sculpture by renowned artists, to ancient miniatures, wood and stone carvings, bronzes, lithos, clocks and textiles. The paintings of B. Prabha, characterised by the colourful yet graceful figures, “depicting the trauma and tragedy of women” was an ideal tribute to this exhibition.
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