Monday, July 09, 2018

Centre to take over AI art works

New Delhi: The government is open to the idea of having a permanent exhibition of Air India’s art collection, according to a senior official of the Ministry of Culture. The national carrier’s artistic treasures comprise works by stalwarts such as K.H. Ara, M.F. Husain, S.H. Raza and V.S. Gaitonde.

The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) under the Ministry of Culture will take custody of Air India’s artworks at a time the airline is looking to cut costs. Ashwani Lohani, when he was Air India’s chairman and managing director, had proposed to set up a museum of all the artefacts and paintings collected by the airline over a period of six decades at its Nariman Point building in Mumbai.

However, a tender floated to set up a museum at the cost of ₹3.5 crore was junked after the Cabinet approved privatisation of the national carrier last year in June.
09/07/18 Jagriti Chandra/The Hindu