Candid Conversations

The second edition of Siddharth Dhanvant Sanghvi’s salons will take place in Goa starting September

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: September 4, 2013 5:48 am

Last year saw Goa’s Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts turn into the venue for The Sanghvi Salons,a series of salons hosted by writer-photographer Siddharth Dhanvant Sanghvi. The event,which was held between November 2012 and February 2013,had the 35-year-old author of The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay in conversation with several eminent artists,including Sudarshan Shetty and Sooni Taraporevala.

This September,the second edition of the salons returns,where Sanghvi will open the series with the power couple,writer-historian William Dalrymple and artist Olivia Fraser. Scheduled once again at the art and culture hub in Goa,owned by Dipti and Raj Salgaocar,the event,on September 14,will host bookmaker Dayanita Singh and artist Shilpa Gupta. “The idea of the salon is to help animate the quietness of art with the flare of words and discuss the essentially amorphous nature of how artists work,” explains the writer who conceptualised the format and also hosts the salons. His guests,he says,are either his friends or people he would like to know.

While last year’s edition addressed the process of how a work of art gets made,the salons this season explore the idea of the muse. “How do two people lend felicity and inspiration to each other? These duos could be friends,lovers,siblings,a parent and a child — how does the intimacy of their relationship influence their work,” Sanghvi says,explaining the concept.

The theme for the current salons took root in Sanghvi’s closing session of the first edition with Jaya Bachchan. Speaking on cinema in the 1960s,she extensively discussed her life with her actor husband Amitabh Bachchan. “It made me realise how much certain people affect an artist’s work,” he says.

Fraser,who is married to Dalrymple,the author of several acclaimed titles including City of Djinns and White Mughals,is a prominent artist who uses the Indian miniature painting technique. A collection of her works will also be showcased at Sunaparata as part of the salons.

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