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Neha Kirpal, Founder and Director of the popular India Art Fair, has taken the contemporary art scenario to a different level.
With a bank loan of 60 lakhs and a dream to give contemporary art the much-deserved recognition, Neha started working on her dream to organize an art fair.
In a country that resounds with artistic and cultural heritage, India Art Fair stumped critics with its humungous success. Of course it is no child’s play to provide a platform for more than 1000 artists from 98 galleries sprawled across 20 countries.
Since the fair’s inception, Neha’s effort has roped in more than 2,60,000 visitors to the fair. Business associates, artists and art enthusiasts have been flocking to the country to either be a part of the fair or to bask in the beauty of the art form.
Why we find her inspiring:
– For believing in her passion and being determined till she tasted success
– For not being deterred by criticism and doing what she considered was right
*Photo credit: Daily Mail.
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Rajshri Deshpande, who played the fiery protagonist in Trial by Fire along with Abhay Deol speaks of her journey and her social work.
Rajshri Deshpande as the protagonist in ‘Trial by Fire’, the recent Netflix show has received raving reviews along with the show itself for its sensitive portrayal of the Uphaar Cinema Hall fire tragedy, 1997 and its aftermath.
The limited series is based on the book by the same name written by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, who lost both their children in the tragedy. We got an opportunity to interview Rajshri Deshpande who played Neelam Krishnamoorthy, the woman who has been relentlessly crusading in the court for holding the owners responsible for the sheer negligence.
Rajshri Deshpande is more than an actor. She is also a social warrior, the rare celebrity from the film industry who has also gone back to her roots to give to poverty struck farming villages in her native Marathwada, with her NGO Nabhangan Foundation. Of course a chance to speak with her one on one was a must!
“What is a woman’s job, Ramesh? Taking care of parents-in-law, husband, children, home and things at work—all at the same time? She isn’t God or a superhuman."
The arrays of workstations were occupied by people peering into their computer screens. The clicks of keyboard keys were punctuated by the occasional footsteps moving around to brainstorm or collaborate with colleagues in their cubicles. Most employees went about their tasks without looking at the person seated on either side of their workstation. Meenakshi was one of them.
The thirty-one-year-old marketing manager in a leading eCommerce company in India sat straight in her seat, her eyes on the screen, her fingers punching furiously into the keys. She was in a flow and wanted to finish the report while the thoughts and words were coming effortlessly into her mind.
Natu-Natu. The mellifluous ringtone interrupted her thoughts. She frowned at her mobile phone with half a mind to keep it ringing until she noticed the caller’s name on the screen, making her pick up the phone immediately.
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