A Gallery ... A Gathering ... A Happening
JAMAAT is now 20!
This has been an amazing journey . Started with a passion for art , but no knowledge of the commerce of it . Started as a tribute to my Dad , Jhamat , who exposed me to the arts at the age of 6 . Hugely encouraged by my husband Jamal . God surely protects the innocent , as JAMAAT took off right from the beginning . See more.
This is not just a gallery , it is a "Gathering" , like the name says in Urdu . I wanted it to be more than just a white cube displaying art . I wanted it to be interactive . Where the outside came in and the inside was visible out . A place for exchange of thoughts , ideas and dreams . A place of debate , discussions and solutions . A place to come , look at your leisure and enjoy. A place where the door is open to all . This was my dream .
The artists I have shown , have always been those whose works I have admired . Not only from Bombay , but all over the country . And from Sri Lanka , Bangladesh, France and the USA . From established artists to new artists . From paintings , sculpture to installations and photographs . From 2009 , we have shown the Masters of traditional Indian Art . Masters whose works are in Museums in Japan , France , Australia , UK and the USA
We have hosted plays , music recitals , book launches . Held art workshops for underprivileged kids . English language classes . Specialised workshops on different art forms .
My biggest joy is when I discover a new artist. Expose them , guide them , and watch them develop and grow . So many of my "babies" are now stars in their own right.
My biggest delight is guiding a fresh first time art buyer. Seeing their eyes light up with passion.
JAMAAT has impacted our lives hugely. Not just mine , but also my husband Jamal and our kids , Priyanka and Karan. Just being surrounded by art all your working hours is beautiful. Add the people you meet , not just the creative and crazy artists but also excited buyers , you becoming personally involved with these people. They become your friends. The places you go, the people you meet , the way you think , the way you see and hear the way you do things , what you are involved with , we have all changed.
The path I see before me is to continue adding new dimensions to JAMAAT.
My aim now is to expose and educate more and more people to the Fine Arts. Have talks , discussions , debates. Get people to interact with artists. Get artists to open up about their work.
Time and the almighty will show the way.
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