HO­TELS THAT FLAUNT ART

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With an in­crease in guests with a dis­cern­ing eye for good art, one gets to see like the case of the iconic Taj Ho­tels Palaces Re­sorts Sa­faris, a trend to­wards cu­rat­ing a vast col­lec­tion of pre­cious art­works; both In­dian and in­ter­na­tional, right since its in­cep­tion in 1903. To­day, Taj’s col­lec­tion of 4,000 of paint­ings by mod­ern In­dian artists is one of the largest in the coun­try with about 1,000 orig­i­nal paint­ings, in­clud­ing 200 mas­ter­pieces and 3,000 prints. The Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hy­der­abad boasts of mul­ti­ple art pieces which bring forth the best of both worlds – In­dian and the West. Some of the key art­works you will stum­ble upon at palace are wall fres­cos by French artist Jean Gaudier, por­traits of roy­als by Ital­ian artist Ben­zoni, Euro­pean art at the Ce­leste restau­rant and glass paint­ings by Emily Grifn from 1920s.The Taj prop­er­ties even of­fer walk­throughs of the art col­lec­tion to high­light the mas­ter­pieces, mak­ing the stay not just en­gag­ing but also un­for­get­table.

The ITC Ho­tels are rooted in the soil of In­dia - hark­ing back through ar­chi­tec­ture, in­te­ri­ors, art and arte­facts to ma­jor dy­nas­ties who have ruled over the coun­try. The iconic ITC Mau­rya in New Delhi, for ex­am­ple, is in­spired by the teach­ings of Gau­tama Bud­dha. The prop­erty’s ex­te­rior ar­chi­tec­ture is based on the Bud­dhist stu­pas of the 3rd cen­tury B.C. The main lobby is de­signed in the shape of a Chaitya or prayer hall. Nestling within the wooden rafters of the lobby’s cen­tral dome is a mu­ral by cel­e­brated In­dian artist, Kr­ishen Khanna. Artists like MF Husain, Tyeb Me­hta, Ak­bar Padamsee and J Swami­nathan con­trib­uted works in their dis­tinc­tive styles to add to the Mau­ryan mood of the ho­tel.

While for some art col­lec­tion is in­trin­sic, there are also those that are mak­ing at­tempts to con­sciously in­cor­po­rate art.

The ITC Ho­tels are rooted in the soil of In­dia - hark­ing back through ar­chi­tec­ture, in­te­ri­ors, art and arte­facts to ma­jor dy­nas­ties who have ruled over the coun­try

ITC Mau­rya’s Art Col­lec­tion

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