“Be the change you wish to see," are Mahatma Gandhi's immortal words. “I have tried to live my life following those words,” says Anubhav Nath, Director of Ojas Art Gallery and co-founder of Ramchander Nath Foundation, a non profit organisation that restores art including vintage cars, antiquities and architecture. A graduate from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Nath started his career with his family’s 200 year-old jewellery and handicraft business called Delhi’s Ivory Palace in Old Delhi. For Nath, “Art is addictive and inspirational. And, I am hooked,” he says. “Also, since the family has been in the jewellery business for so long, this was a way for me to establish my own professional identity.”
FIRST STEP In 2007, his first project was Expressions at Tihar where contemporary artists visited the jail and interacted with young inmates. This resulted in an exhibition which became the highest fundraiser initiative for the Delhi prisons ever. “I had visited Tihar Jail as a volunteer, and felt that there was a lot of negative energy among the inmates which was not being channelled efficiently,” he says. “I decided to do something positive for them.” Nath’s ongoing curatorial venture is the Freedom to March exhibition which has also been invited to be exhibited at the Gandhi Memorial Center in Washington DC.
“You don’t have to be a Tata to make a difference”
ANUBHAV NATH, 33, Art curator