- Sara Arakkal – Curator & Art Promoter -
An art promoter by passion, Sara Arakkal began her career as an advertising professional before switching over to the field of art. She established her maiden venture, Art in Crafts, at a time the art scene of India was yet to evolve and mature.
A graduate from Mysore University, Sara conceptualized Art in Crafts in 1997 as a small art center that focused on artifacts, crafts, and reproductions of 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 improve themselves.
With this cause in mind, she has been organizing many art camps, curated shows at 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 organized over 50 major exhibitions in India and abroad, including solo shows and group shows, featuring works of more than 100 Indian artists of different genres 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.