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THE ART PROGRAM

SONA announces its latest art partnership with the blue-chip art company DAG (formerly Delhi Art Gallery) for an exclusive showcase of a carefully curated selection of works of twentieth century Indian art, entirely from the gallery collection, throughout the restaurant. Marking the debut, the collaboration highlights works of fine art from some of India’s most prolific artists and celebrates the diverse characters and cultures of the subcontinent; allowing new generations of art enthusiasts and collectors a fresh point of view on India’s rich art history. 

Carefully amassing works by underrepresented influential artists, collecting important works from the 19th and 20th centuries, it places them at the forefront of the modern art conversation alongside familiar names such as Picasso, Matisse, and the German expressionists. Handpicked by DAG in association with SONA, the special collection includes vibrant pieces from some of India’s most celebrated artists including Himmat Shah, Ambadas, Sohan Qadri, Avinash Chandra, G R Santosh, Dharamanarayan Dasgupta, and P Kemraj. Spanning the 1960s through the early 2000s, the current collection is a harmonious blend of expressionism, modernism, and surrealism.

In forging this partnership, our hope is to utilize SONA as a powerful platform; a platform to start new conversations around India’s rich cultural heritage, bringing the characters and flavors that make the country the wonderfully rich and inspiring place it is.

a room with art on the wall

'Untitled,' 1987, Acrylic on cloth, 28.5 x 21.7 in.

DHARAMANARAYAN DASGUPTA

1939 - 1997

Using parody to critique quirks of contemporary society, Dharmanarayan Dasgupta created a unique visual language that is easily identifiable with his signature, featuring sari-clad voluptuous and gratified women and dhoti-clad men. His style was an aesthetic yet skittish union of traditional Indian elements with those of the western art. In this Untitled work for instance, two women gossip about a probable beloved—as denoted by a ring in the hands of one of them—while a hopeful suitor eavesdrops from a window. The smirk on the face of the first woman, the green body of the other, the pink face of the man—all add an element of mirth to the narrative.

a close up of a sign

'Untitled,' Oil on canvas, 38.7 x 36.5 in.

G.R. Santosh

The name of G. R. Santosh is synonymous with the neo-Tantra art movement, which he spearheaded after an epiphany at the shrine of Shiva in the Amarnath cave in his native Kashmir in 1964. Santosh’s philosophical explorations gave birth to an artistic vocabulary that is well delineated in this Untitled work. At the center is a square, denoting the universe that contains a large dot, symbolizing procreation, or the beginning of life. It is also the dot to which all life returns in the end, through the union of the individual with the universal soul. In the background is the signature Santosh expression of the male and female principles, denoted by the limbs of two individuals in union. Shiva’s trident at the top completes the tantra cosmology.

a close up of a person

‘Untitled’, 1975, Oil on fabric, 40.0 x 71.5 in.

BALRAJ KHANNA

B. 1940

a person holding a teddy bear

‘Queen at Rest’, 1955, Oil on paper pasted on Masonite board, 34.0 x 41.5 in.

P.T. REDDY

1915-96

a close up of a green background

‘Untitled’, 1971, Oil on jute, 56.00 x 28.00 in.

BIMAL DASGUPTA

1917-1995

‘Untitled’, 1960, Oil on jute, 28.00 x 35.70 in.

SAKTI BURMAN

B. 1935

‘Untitled’, 1960, Oil on canvas, 47.2 x 37.2 in.

K. S. KULKARNI

1916-1994

For more information on any of the artworks, please visit www.dagworld.com 
or email Josheen Oberoi at newyork@dagworld.com

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