An art show to be held next week in Ahmedabad will see Chief Minister Anandiben Patel’s daughter Anar and the wife of IPS officer Satish Verma, who led the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case investigation, Archana, share the stage.
The exhibition, titled Parakram 2014, will feature works by 25 artists. Anar Patel, who runs the umbrella NGO Gramshree that hosts the Craftroots series of exhibitions by Gujarat artisans, is one of the participants, according to a press release. The proceeds from the auction that will be held after the exhibition will go to Archana Verma’s NGO Swayam, which works for underprivileged children.
The press release describes Anar Patel as an “eminent artist” and says she will be among the six persons addressing a press conference Monday on the show, beginning July 10.
Anar Patel did not answer calls or text messages.
IGP Verma was part of the Gujarat High Court-appointed SIT into the Ishrat encounter case, and was credited with the breakthrough in investigations. He later assisted the CBI in its probe that saw chargesheets filed against Intelligence Bureau former special director Rajinder Kumar, and IPS officers P P Pandey, D G Vanzara and G L Singhal.
Verma is long due for a promotion and is currently fighting his transfer to Junagadh from Ahmedabad by the Gujarat government before the Central Administrative Tribunal.
Speaking about the art event, Archana Verma said, “I wanted to do some fund-raising for the social work that I am involved in and let the world know about it. I hope to make a presentation on my NGO. This event will also present me an opportunity to get acquainted with the who’s who of the city. I currently work to encourage education among children between 6 and 15 from Gulbai Tekra (a slum) area, who are socially and economically backward and have a tendency to get into crimes, and wish to replicate this in another slum area in Mithakali. My husband supports me and guides me despite his busy schedule.”
Archana Verma added that works of Anar Patel would be among those exhibited, apart from those of Amit Ambalal and Esther David among others.
The show is being promoted by Talha Sareshwala, CEO and MD of Parsoli Motors that sells BMWs. Talha is the younger brother of Zafar Sareshwala, a prominent Muslim businessman who participated in campaigns to elect Narendra Modi as prime minister.
The artworks will be displayed for three days before the auction is held on July 13 at a BMW showroom owned by Sareshwala.
BJP leaders Prabhat Jha, Shahnawaz Hussain and Krishnapal Gujar also addressed a number of rallies.