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Hy­att In­ter­na­tional's flag­ship prop­erty in South Asia, the Grand Hy­att Mum­bai houses one of the finest col­lec­tions of com­mis­sioned art in a pub­lic space. To­gether with cu­ra­tor Ra­jeev Sethi who is noted in­ter­na­tion­ally for his in­no­va­tive con­tri­bu­tion to pre­serv­ing and cel­e­brat­ing South Asia's rich cul­tural her­itage, Grand Hy­att Mum­bai brings to­gether Mum­bai's known artistes and up­com­ing ta­lent with crafts peo­ple from around the coun­try, to cel­e­brate and rein­ter­pret the Shiva myth. The art is con­ceived as homage to the mythic and con­tem­po­rary pres­ence of Shiva. The com­plex show­cases over 100 com­mis­sioned art­works by both es­tab­lished and up­com­ing artists such as Ji­tish Kal­lat, Hema Upad­hyay, Chin­tan Upad­hyay, Nalini Malani, Atul and Anju Dodiya, Tanuja Rane, Kr­ish­na­machari Bose, Sud­er­shan Shetty, Prab­hakar and Jy­oteeKolte, Yo­gesh Rawal, Jaideep Mehro­tra, Su­nil Gawde, Riyas Komu, Daroz, Bhupin­der and Mo­han Malviya amongst oth­ers. Sunjae Sharma, Area Vice Pres­i­dent & Gen­eral Man­ager, Grand Hy­att Mum­bai, says that art at the ho­tel is not a mere ob­ject of ad­mi­ra­tion but a part of its ori­gin. “Each of the dis­tinct art in­stal­la­tions have a story to tell, a story that brings to life the legacy of Mum­bai and In­dia in an ar­ray of forms. Art has been an in­trin­sic el­e­ment of the de­sign phi­los­o­phy and ori­gin of the ho­tel,” he says. From the unique por­trayal of Bollywood to the mag­nif­i­cent Shiva Shakti struc­tures, the pièce de ré­sis­tance at the lobby level to the en­chant­ing yoga dak­shi­nas, they all lend grandeur. “The dab­bawala in­stal­la­tions and the basti are a beau­ti­ful de­pic­tion of Mum­bai and are much ad­mired by our guests. It is our en­deavor to bring to the guests the ex­tra­or­di­nary spirit of Mum­bai. These thought­fully cu­rated art­works are syn­ony­mous with our phi­los­o­phy of liv­ing grand and there­fore im­bibed in the DNA of the ho­tel,” adds Sharma. The art at the ho­tel is in­spired by the three great ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites of Mum­bai, ded­i­cated to Lord Shiva. The art also re­flects the mytho­log­i­cal and every­day life of the me­trop­o­lis through a con­tem­po­rary prism, rein­ter­pret­ing the sa­cred and the pro­fane, res­onat­ing with the time­less and the ephemeral. Sharma re­veals, “We are ex­tremely care­ful about their up­keep. Our deep-clean­ing spe­cial­ists from the house­keep­ing team make it look like an easy task. How­ever, this does war­rant for use of spe­cial equip­ments and prod­ucts to main­tain our state-of-art in­stal­la­tions. My favourite piece is the 'Basti – The ur­ban land­scape', ded­i­cated to the di­verse cul­ture of Mum­bai.”

Art has been an in­trin­sic el­e­ment of the de­sign phi­los­o­phy and ori­gin of the ho­tel SUNJAE SHARMA Area Vice Pres­i­dent & Gen­eral Man­ager Grand Hy­att Mum­bai

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