An Eye for Art


India Today - - COVER STORY -

En­tre­pre­neur Ashish Poddar and wife She­fali’s home on Gu­ru­sa­day road is a les­son in bio­philic de­sign. De­signed by Ashish, a scion of the il­lus­tri­ous BP Poddar fam­ily, the ar­chi­tec­ture in­cor­po­rates the nat­u­ral light and sur­round­ing green­ery into the stun­ning in­te­ri­ors of the house through a lib­eral and strate­gic use of glass.

Cozy Cor­ner

A more in­ti­mate space is a cozy lounge with a low lounge bed strewn with colour­ful cush­ions and sink in couches. In­ter­est­ingly, this room has been chris­tened The Cow Room af­ter its walls which are lined with paint­ings and art­works—oil paint­ings by Lax­man Ae­lay, an an­tique Kamd­henu Tan­jore paint­ing and a gold foil mu­ral by Ka­mal Sharma—all de­pict­ing cows. On the cof­fee ta­ble sits a mot­ley wood-carved cow brought from Ra­jasthan

Prized Pos­ses­sions

A sig­na­ture Narayan Sinha Durga in­stal­la­tion crafted with cu­ri­ous ob­jects like bronze thalis, man­jeera (cym­bals) split into halves, a bro­ken frag­ment of a pan­cha pradeep and other scrap metal bric-a-brac, which stands on the foyer is a stun­ning in­tro­duc­tion to this home. Shri­nathji is ubiq­ui­tous in the form of Pich­h­wai paint­ings and or­nate sculp­tures. A par­tic­u­larly fetch­ing piece is an in­tri­cately wo­ven im­age of Shri­nathji in silk, crafted by weavers at She­fali’s own tex­tiles work­shop that caters to a niche clien­tele.

She­fali Poddar

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