A member of the 130-year old successful business families of India, I’ve been fortunate enough to carve a distinct identity for myself, as an architect and an interior designer.
Born and brought up in Delhi, I acquired a degree in B. Arch (Bachelors in Architecture) from School Of Planning And Architecture, Delhi. Today, I stand among the few women who have started their own Real Estate company.
My passion in design led me to complete my degree in architecture and start my Interior design studio. Besides private clients, I have worked with various developers and real estate promoters to design and execute “show” or model apartments. My design ethos reflects an eclectic melange of ancient tradition in a modern vocabulary.
After more than a decade of running a successful business in Interior Design and Architecture, I finally realized my initial dream of building homes. With an understanding of design sensibilities and deep-rooted values of quality, transparency and commitment, I’ve made my dream a reality and ventured into Real Estate Development.
Art, in its myriad forms, has always been an integral part of my life.. I am able to resonate with the depth of the idea and the intricacies of every sculpture, painting, book or poem, because I believe that every work of art speaks to every individual in a unique way. Now, as I remember an Oscar Wilde quote that says “It is through art, and through art only, that we can realise our perfection”, I’ll take this platform to reminisce by Journey with Art…
My Journey with art began early on in my childhood days. My mother, a Ph.D. in Hindi Literature, is an ardent collector of art. I have grown up surrounded by her exquisite collection ranging from a very unusual painting of Saraswati by Hussain, my mothers portrait by Jatin Das, Anjalee ela menon, Shakti Burman, Sculptures of Satish Gujral and many other masters. I was also taking art lessons and dabbled in watercolors and oils at the age of 12. Fortunately living in Delhi, and visiting various art exhibitions further expanded my exposure to art.
Moving to Pune-
I started my own collection after I got married and moved to Pune. Every time I would visit Delhi or Mumbai I would make it a point to visit art galleries. Pune did not have many art galleries and the concept of collecting art was absent. Art is an integral part of my design and has importance in all my interior projects. Hence, I always encourage my clients to source art.
Planning Art events-
I met Madhuri Bahaduri in Pune and loved her work. Together we planned an exhibition of her art in my garden,which was very well received. Madhuri even gave a live demonstration with music under an old ‘Patangi’ tree.
I wanted Pune to have more exposure to art, and collaborated with Ashish Anand of Delhi Art Gallery to bring an exhibition of the masters to Pune.
Art For Charity-
Art is a strong medium for raising funds for giving back to ArtCharity. I have always encouraged many such ‘art for charity’ events like Plan India Auctions and Serving on the board of Breakthrough Trust. I have always been a Patron of KHUSHI, Kinship for Humanitarian and Social Intervention in India and participated in their auctions in Delhi. I was invited to serve as a board member and helped plan art shows. For one of the auctions, I endorsed the work created by the Delhi artist Seema Kohli. Visiting her studio and working on the theme of the Painting was a very inspiring experience. The painting ‘Krishna’ is a beautiful mixed medium on canvas with 24 ct gold and silver leaf .
Undeniably, Art is conducive to happiness.. and I wish to continue the wonderful relationship that I have with art and creativity.
In closing, I’m remined of another beautiful quote…
‘Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colours flowers, so does art colour life.’
― John Lubbock
– Alpana Kirloskar
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