The Deloitte Monsoon Regatta’s ‘Waterscapes’ now in its fourth year kicked off here at Muse Art Gallery, Marriott Hotel with some spectacular art and photographs on water by masters from across the country. India’s leading contemporary artist Padmashri Anjolie Ela Menon inaugurated ‘Waterscapes 2013’ exhibition of paintings and photographs conceived to draw awareness to the deteriorating quality of water bodies.
The exhibition this year features paintings by masters like Padmashri Thota Tharrani, NS Manohar, JMS Mani, Malikarjuna, S Jayaraj & veteran CLD Gupta and photographs by renowned conservationist photographer artists like Sudhir Shivaram, Kalyan Varma, Arati Rao, Ganesh H. Shankar, Sandesh Kadur, Dhritiman Mukherjee, etc. & others. Organised by Yacht Club of Hyderabad and curated by Kaali Sudheer and Anna Edlin, the exhibition will be open from 11 am to 5 pm daily till 7th July 2013.
Katherine Dhanani, US Consul General, US Consulate Hyderabad; Neerabh Kumar Prasad, IAS, Metropolitan Commissioner, Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HDMA) and Chairman, Lake Protection Committee; P.R. Ramesh, Chairman, Deloitte; Actress and Activist Amala Akkineni, participating artists and photographers, sailing enthusiasts, socialites, art lovers and others graced the inaugural function.
Giving details about Waterscapes, Suheim Sheikh, founder president – The Yacht Club of Hyderabad said that ‘Waterscapes’ is organised as part of the Monsoon Regatta, India’s largest sailing regatta held every year at Hussain Sagar Lake. The ‘Waterscapes’ exhibition-cum-sale showcases spectacular photography largely of wildlife in water from artists across India and of course the paintings on the theme of ‘Water’.
‘Waterscapes’ is the brainchild of Suheim Sheikh who has been sailing and racing boats for the last 35 years and has watched our lakes and rivers progressively turn to filth.
“The exhibition addresses the concern of water dystrophy by evoking a sense of beauty and appreciation of water and contrasting it with the rabid ugliness of what mankind has done to its water situation. Proceeds from the exhibition are earmarked for the training and facilitation of young underprivileged children to learn sailing and take to water sports. Dignity Through Sports is the credo,” informed Suheim.
“I teach economically challenged kids to sail boats and have graduated 9 of them to the national level of the sport and they all sail at the polluted Hussain Sagar, Hyderabad. This proximity to polluted water has deeply motivated me to take up the cause, ” Suheim said.
Supported by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) members firms in India (Deloitte India), Waterscapes brings to life the surreal beauty of water in its myriad avatars like lakes, ponds, waterfalls and the wide open sea with a lot of work included from award winning photographers who work for the temples of imagery like the BBC and National Geographic.