Getting Ahead

Empowering through dialogue, interaction and support

Manu Pillai

Manu S Pillai’s first book The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore, won the 2016 Tata Prize for best first work of non-fiction and the 2017 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar.

We promoted and launched it at gallery g in January 2016. Manu is working on his next book and we are supporting him to complete it and will help him promote it as well. He is now working on the research for it at King's College UK. The book will explore for the lay reader, how the early European fascination with Indian culture became so antipathetic and how 19th-century Indians countered it. Warren Hastings and Rammohan Roy, among other period figures, will be in it.

Uru Mattancherry

Uru Art Harbour, Mattancherry, Kochi is a space for creating and sustaining art and culture, while engaging the community in the process. Uru organises exhibitions, other events and initiatives including workshops and residencies for artists, musicians and philosophers, and publishing books. Its first exhibition, Mattancherry, with 13 artists and curated by Riyas Komu, began in August 2017.

Jay Varma

Jay Varma, well known academic and realist painter, and a descendant of Raja Ravi Varma’s, is now in his 4th and final year of study and internship at Studio Incamminati, Philadelphia, under SGMF’s auspices Varma’s goal is to extend his technique and experience through mentor and peer reference. SGMF and gallery g will hold his debut show in 2020.

Chariots: Decorative Elements

We will also partner gallery g in Chariots: Decorative Elements a show of temple chariot artefacts, some over 100 years old. This is a major show of antiquities, which are being shown for the first time in Bangalore. There will be many more heritage shows like this in the coming days...

Arts and Crafts Calendar

Our aim to promote traditional art and craft forms will be through a programme of select initiatives. Some of these forms feature in the 2018 Maini Group desk calendar, a timely reminder of the need to work to conserve them all.

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