Sports and art both play an important role in human life: Brett Lee

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The art and craft gallery’s exhibition SPART was inaugurated by legendary cricketer, actor and artist Brett Lee on Saturday. The exhibition was held at Collonade Hall, Residency club Pune

The exhibition had 25 artists from the states like Punjab and Rajesthan who portrayed their art work during the exhibition. It included,6 different handicrafts and  around 100 paintings.

During this exhibition Brett Lee was facilitated by renowned journalist and anchor Sunandan Lele with Puneri Pagdi (The Puneri Pagadi is a turban, which is considered as a symbol of pride and honour in the city of Pune. It was introduced two centuries ago)

“Art and craft gallery is an amazing social enterprise that helps artists flourish world wide,” said Brett Lee speaking about the event.

During the event ,Brett Lee also handed over certificates to 25 participating artists individually. Following the inauguration, Sunandan Lele, held a talk show in which Brett Lee shared his journey from a cricketer to an artist.

“I cannot draw a stick figure, I am an artist in a different sense.Sports and arts play an important role in our lives. Sport keeps you physically fit and art keeps you mentally fit. I feel lucky to come to India, every time I come to India I feel welcome. In 1994 I came to India for the first time as a young player. I believe in karma, what goes around and comes around. I like India because of affectionate people and its  rich culture. ” Says Brett Lee.

“Brett Lee himself is an artist at heart. The common point between me and him is that his work was mainly in Australia but has strong ties to India through his art as well as his social cause of training, clinical music therapists and introducing this therapy as an integral tool in healing the physical, mental and emotional wounds of marginalized children through his Foundation called Mewsic. I on the other hand started my enterprise in Australia and am now giving a platform to Indian artists, so they can portray and sell their art without having to spare selling commission. Informed Akshaya Borkar, founder of The Art and Craft Gallery who  hosted this event.

About Participating artists  :-

Aboli Pendse

Aboli is founder of ‘The Artist’s Creations’, based in Pune. She creates intricate handicrafts and beautiful festive articles like clay dolls, diyas, wall hangings, rangolis and more.

Ashwini Joshi

Founder of TAntroidery brand based in Pune, India. She creates amazing things by folding paper and by doing embroidery on handmade paper.

Ashwini Kumbhar

Ashwini is founder of Kalakruti Arts, based in Pune. She beautiful thai clay necklaces, earrings and more. Also she has family business of pottery ,which brings some authentic clay creations from Kolhapur direct to Punekars.

Ashwinii Gokhaale

Founder of G21 Designer brand based in Pune, India. G21 specialists for handcrafting garments from “Kalamkari Fabrics” for men and women .

Chandrika Navgan

Chandrika is founder of ‘The Yadra Quilt’, based in Satara district. She empowers women from her small village by teaching them to quilt and sew objects like purses, bedspreads, bunting and more.

Devashree Pandit

Devashree Pandit is work from home mum, who creates handmade unique purses and bags that fits in everyone’s budget. She learnt the skills , to enable create work life balance.

Kailash Kumar Sahu

Kailash Kumar Sahu is from Rajasthan who is master of traditional Pichwai Paintings and tanjore style fabric paintings.

Prachi Joshi

Prachi is founder of Prachi’s Creations where she creates hand embroidered dress materials for Women.

Ram Soni

Ram Soni is from Rajasthan who is master of traditional Sanji Paintings and has won National Award for it.

Anjali Hugay

Anjali Hugay is an Electronic Engineer, turned artist from Pune, India. She rekindled her love for paintings and took art lessons from Master Daniel Gerhartz in US.

Arun Kumar Bajaj

Arun Kumar Bajaj is a well celebrated artist from Patiala,Punjab who innovated thread painting technique using simple sewing machine.

Debabrata Pal

Debabrata Pal is originally from Orissa, currently working as design Engineer in Pune. He pursues his passion for painting after his work routine.

Mayur Gangasagar

Mayur belongs to artistic background has his two generations have been well known sculptors of Ganesha and Durga Idols. Currently he works in VFX industry for Hollywood based studio in Pune .

Meenu Goel

Meenu Goel is well traveled artist from Pune, who has seen various cultures of India in her travels. She always depicts her observations of rural life, nature in India in her paintings.

Pankaj Nagpure

Is passionate artist specialising in calligraphy, oil paintings and mix media creations. He is currently working as art teacher in Chopda,Jalgaon Dist.

Piyush Thakur

Piyush has been practicing art from early age. Started painting full time in year 2014 after his education in Art School.

Pratibha Gupte

Her paintings are part of my daily life & showcase ideas, concepts close to my heart. These paintings are on canvas with oil & acrylic colors, pencils etc.

Ravi Deo

Ravi Deo has completed professional art degree and is running advertising agency for past 30 years in Pune. Recently , he has now become full time fine artist creating realistic paintings in Oil and pastel colours.

Sameer Ganpule

Sameer Ganpule is third year Art student pursuing his creative passion. He loves to create abstract paintings in Oil or acrylic colours, using drip method.

Satish Upalavikar

Satish is art professor in Art college in Kolhapur for past two decades. He specializes in calligraphy and logo designing.

Shakwari Raste

Shakwari is a budding young artist from Pune whose passion for painting, reflects strikingly, in her work.

Sharad Kulkarni

Sharad is retired Income Tax Official who is now enjoying immersing in his passion for art and poetry. He enjoys recreating great paintings of the masters from European and American art era.

Snehal Page

Snehal is well known young artists from Pune, who is trained from Art school in Pune and USA. She has a very distinct style of painting portraits and landscapes in oil and water colour.

Vilas Kulkarni

Vilas Kulkarni has been practicing his Art career for past two decades and teaching many Puneities with passion. Vishvesh Petkar is IT professional on weekdays and passionate painter on weekends. He is practicingwatercolour for past four years now and loves to capture the beauty in watercolour works.