The in­no­va­tor

India Today - - SIMPLY DELHI - Con­tact: ar­nath@gmail.com by Ekta Al­reja

“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

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