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MillionaireAsia India - - Editor's Note - Pari­neeta Sethi

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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