"Buddhist priest and his wife" Badri Narayan
Founded in 1988 by the Concern India Foundation, Art for Concern promotes Indian artists and provides a platform for upcoming artists. It also gives a chance to art connoisseurs and collectors to indulge in pieces from well established artists, as well as those on the rise. The initiative also donates to charity. Art for Concern contributes significantly to the socio-economic development of the underprivileged sections of our society. Several masters of the field, such as Badri Narayan, K. H. Ara, Akbar Padamsee, and Lalu Prasad Shaw, to name a few, have shown their support for this initiative. Through their very successful Art for Concern Annual Charity Auction, the Concern India Foundation collects funds to provide financial and non-financial support to over 300 grassroots programs, working in the areas of education, health and community development. The central goal of this non-profit organization is to ‘help the disadvantaged become self-reliant and works towards “helping people help themselves.”’
"Bibi Baba Snake Charmer" Shyamal Mukherjee
The Art for Concern initiative combines the intention of art and expression, with that of giving back. They aim to shed light on the vast collection of traditional and folk-art forms of our country, by showcasing these indigenous art forms and artists and ensuring that their legacy endures. One can expect approximately 14 Art for Concern shows across India every year. People can look out for The Monsoon Art Show, from the 7-9 of August, where one can expect pieces such as ‘Buddhist priest and his wife’, a watercolor and pen and ink on paper piece by Badri Narayan, or a classic oil on Acrylic sheet by Shyamal Mukherjee titled ‘Baba Bibi Snake Charmer’. Via the Art for Concern website, buyers can view all the pieces on sale for the Monsoon Show, as well as read brief description of the artists.
Text Sarah Affonso