Although the term has started making its presence felt emphatically in the last two decades, the relationship between art and collectors is not new. Not by a long shot. It goes back in time to centuries when some of the most extraordinarily gifted artists created commissioned work for royalty and other discerning, wealthy patrons.
Not much has changed since that time except for the fact that works of art have acquired an additional facet. Art has always been a pursuit of passion, both for the creator and the collector, but now, it is a valuable asset as well. The creative orbit today, is home to art appraisers, insurers and auction houses, a sure sign of the increased investment potential of objets d’art.
When it comes to the Indian artistic expression in a global context, there is no one more eminently qualified to comment on it than the iconic Jatin Das. A creative tour-de-force, Jatin has been at the forefront of Indian art where he has utilised watercolours, oil, ink and graphics to create a momentum that shows no signs of flagging down.
In a freewheeling conversation at his studio in Mehrauli, Jatin discussed the past, present and future of Indian art where his emphasis on originality was infectious.
This edition of Millionaireasia India puts together the best of the very best for its readers. Anuj Puri, the Chairman and Country Head of JLL India writes about investing in real estate globally while Pedram Rasti, the Head of Chinese Works of Art at Christie’s, London, shares his expertise in collecting rare ceramics.
Sports memorabilia has quietly entered the coveted world of collectibles and Digvijay Sinh Kathiwada writes about important distinction between merchandise and memorabilia. He has also shared some extremely treasured moments like the original photograph of the first ever Indian cricket team at Lord’s and the first day cover of our historic Prudential World Cup victory in 1983.
There is a lot more that makes this edition of Millionaireasia India very special. Preeti Verma Lal takes us to Denver, a place that can legitimately call itself the Mile High City without any sense of pomposity and Rupali Dean’s essay from Morocco is epicurean in its details.
And that is how it should be because Millionaireasia India is about connoisseurs who know to live life to the fullest. Stay wealthy, stay happy.
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