Arts, Culture & Heritage

Indian Culture

Reliance Foundation is reimagining ways to protect and promote India’s priceless heritage to not only sustain but also make art and culture relevant to the younger generation. India is a land of diverse cultures and it is RF’s endeavour to ensure that the youth appreciates and connects with its rich heritage and arts.

Nasreen Mohamedi at The Met Breuer

One of the most significant artists to emerge in post-Independent India, Nasreen Mohamedi (1937–1990) created a body of work that demonstrates a singular and sustained engagement with abstraction. Her minimalist practice adds a rich layer to our understanding of minimalism in a transnational context and to the history of South Asian art and Indian modernism in particular.

Nasreen Mohamedi at The Met Breuer

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) inaugurated its new space, The Met Breuer, with the retrospective of Nasreen Mohamedi (1937-1990) on March 1, 2016, Mohamedi’s paintings, drawings, photographs, and rarely-seen diaries have been brought together from collections around the world in order to trace the evolution of her aesthetic approach and shifts in artistic practice. The exhibition examines her oeuvre in depth, exploring the conceptual complexity and visual subtlety that made her work unique for its time, and demonstrating why she is considered one of the most important artists of her generation. With about 140 objects, the Met Breuer exhibition is the largest display of Mohamedi’s work in the United States till date.

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Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago

The Pushtimarg is a religious community devoted to Lord Shrinathji, a divine image of the Hindu God Krishna as a seven-year-old child. Founded in the 16th century by the saint and philosopher Shri Vallabhacharya (1479–1531), the religious and artistic centre of this sect is based in the temple town of Nathdwara (literally, “The Gates of the Lord”), near Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan, India.

The Tradition of Krishna Paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago

The exhibition, held at the AIC from September 13, 2015, to January 3, 2016, took visitors through a year in Nathdwara, where the daily worship of Shrinathji is characterised by the changing seasons and a bustling festival calendar. Gallery by gallery, visitors were introduced to Pichvais, wall hangings used as backdrops for Shrinathji in his shrine, each uniquely suited to a particular season or festival. Gates of the Lord comprised drawings, Pichvais, paintings, and historic photographs and offered a glimpse into one of the world’s most intimate religious traditions and one of the oldest living art forms.

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RF Initiatives

  • Reliance Foundation supports Ustad Zakir Husain for his annual concert – Abbaji - dedicated to the memory of his father the legendary maestro Ustad Allah Rakha Khan in one of its many efforts to pay tribute to the cultural legends of India.
  • Reliance Foundation in partnership with BP has brought to India the internationally acclaimed exhibition 'Mummy: The Inside Story'. This unique exhibition gave the viewers a look at the 3,000-year old coffin of an old priest, while explaining the mummification process and the life and history of Egypt through an immersive 3D film. The three-month exhibition increased the footfall of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya to over 261,200 visitors, of which over 60,000 were students from more than 400 schools.
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  • Reliance Foundation partnered with A R Rahman, Academy Award winner musician, to promote the message of love and brotherhood by creating the musical album ‘Infinite Love’. This unique global music initiative captures the spirit of a borderless world.
  • Reliance Foundation was also the lead sponsor for the Elephanta Festival. This festival, held annually at Elephanta Island, adjacent to the Elephanta Cave, a World Heritage Site, commemorates the heritage of dance, art and sculpture in India. Thousands of people attended the festival this year.(View more details)