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SU­NITA CHO­RARIA When Mumbai-based art afi­ciona­dos Cho­raria and her busi­ness­man hus­band Vi­jay at­tended the KMB ’12 as vis­i­tors, they knew im­me­di­ately that as sup­port­ers of the arts, they wanted to be in­volved with the event in a big­ger way. They went back to Kochi twice in the span of the three months, and to­day are not only sup­port­ing it fi­nan­cially, but also work­ing with Saf­fronart’s Di­nesh Vazi­rani in fa­cil­i­tat­ing a net­work of mem­bers of Mumbai’s Young Pres­i­dents’ Or­ga­ni­za­tion who will travel to Kochi in Jan­uary. “We feel it is nec­es­sary that this edi­tion of the Bi­en­nale reaches out to a larger au­di­ence, an au­di­ence on the pe­riph­ery of art, who have un­til now been dip­ping their toes and [now] are ready to toss into the deep end.”

SAN­GITA JIN­DAL As some­one who is nat­u­rally in­clined to­wards sup­port­ing artis­tic dis­ci­plines— the JSW Foun­da­tion is in­volved in the con­ser­va­tion of Ra­jasthani folk mu­sic, worked on the restora­tion of the Kr­ishna tem­ple in Hampi, pub­lishes the art mag­a­zine Art In­dia, and or­gan­ises the Art In­dia Break­through Artist Award amongst other such ini­tia­tives— Jin­dal be­lieves the “work at the Bi­en­nale is gutsy and rev­o­lu­tion­ary”. A col­lec­tor of mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary works by In­dian artists, Jin­dal is of the opin­ion that Kal­lat’s as­so­ci­a­tion with the new edi­tion of the Bi­en­nale is a feat in it­self. “It [the event] has made a huge im­pact in its first year it­self and shows great prom­ise for the fu­ture.”

SHIREEN GANDHY Scep­tic-turned-be­liever, Gandhy’s faith in the first edi­tion went from “This is go­ing to drown be­fore it even kicks off,” to “I went back three times and made sure ev­ery­one I knew went too”. The change in out­look oc­curred when the artists tak­ing part ig­nited her cu­rios­ity, and she soon be­came a small contributor to the first edi­tion. “I was an in­stant con­vert. I felt this was some­thing the In­dian art world was wait­ing for,” says Gandhy. To­day, she uses ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to try to raise funds by get­ting a wider au­di­ence in­volved, and also has artists from her gallery par­tic­i­pat­ing in the new edi­tion. “Many of them have had lengthy con­ver­sa­tions with me about their work, and how they are ap­proach­ing it. It has been ex­cit­ing to be part of that.”

Su­nita Cho­raria, San­gita Jin­dal, and Shireen Gandhy

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