Sara Arakkal-Curator & Art Promoter
An art promoter by passion, Sara Arakkal began her career as an advertisement professional before switching over to the field of art. She established her maiden venture, Art in Crafts, at a time the art scene in India was yet to evolve and mature.
A graduate from Mysore University, Sara conceptualised Art in Crafts in 1997 as a small art center that focused on artifacts, Crafts and reproductions on contemporary Indian artists. However, she felt that there is more to be done and her establishment should have a cause and a direction,rather than being a run-of-the-mill art business. Of course, her artist husband Yusuf Arakkal further augmented this bend of mind and, thus, in 2003, she gave shape to the idea of Galerie Sara Arakkal, where she is a Director now.
While the established artists have many galleries and collectors to promote them, Sara’s notion was that she should provide a platform to the younger generation to mark their presence felt in the contemporary art scene. That is why she makes sure that along with the established artists, young artists are also given a chance to prove themselves.
With this cause in mind, she has been organising many art camps, curated shows of young as well as established Indian artists within the country and abroad. Also, Sara Arakkal promotes women artists in the country by ensuring due participation to them in her shows.
Over the years, Galerie Sara Arakkal has organised over 50 major exhibitions in India and abroad,including solo shows, featuring works of more than 100 Indian artists of different genre and generations. Today this gallery is a dominant presence in the Indian art scene and it has played a major role in establishing a global identity to the contemporary Indian art.
(P.Sudhakaran is a Bangalore-based journalist and art critic)