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RPG Art Foundation’s tribute to the film fraternity: the Cameraman

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Mumbai : As part of its public art initiative, RPG Art Foundation in partnership with Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) today unveiled an 400 Kg, 8-feet tall bronze installation of the ‘Cameraman’ in Bandra West, near Mehboob Studio.

Conceptualised by globally acclaimed Mumbai-based sculptor Suryakant Lokhande, the ‘Cameraman’ is a tribute to India’s visionary film makers for their contribution to the field of cinema. This work of public art in bronze was inaugurated by distinguished film director Mr Ashutosh Govarikar in presence of Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Mr Ashish Shelar and Mr Harsh Goenka, Chairman, RPG Enterprises.

Indian cinema is an integral part of our daily lives, shaping thousands of dreams, lives and destinies. Within its diverse framework of Bollywood versus regional cinema, art house versus blockbuster, it continues to be the thread that binds thousands of countrymen. In its glorious 100-years history, it has produced some of the finest directors, path-breaking films and exceptionally talented actors. With over 1500-2000 films being made annually involving 400 production houses, the Indian film industry is the largest producer of films globally.

Other prominent installations by RPG Art Foundation:

· Arzan Khambatta’s ‘Rhino’ that was an integral part of CEAT’s brand identity.

· The ‘Baby Head’ by Chintan Upadhayay depicts the impression a city makes on the personality of a child.

· Jaideep Mehrotra’s ‘Sachin’ is a visual tribute to the iconic cricketer whose home is Mumbai.

· Sunil Padwal’s ‘Tetrapod’ installed at Worli Seaface is a reminder of the reclaimed land of the seven islands that forms the Mumbai of today.

· Valay Shende’s ‘Dabbawala’ installation is a tribute to Mumbai’s dabbawalas who provide succour to millions of Mumbaikars.
“We want to create works that would be iconic and represent Mumbai in different ways. Suryakant’s Cameraman is a tribute to every person who is associated with the Indian Media and Entertainment industry. I would wholeheartedly like to thank MCGM for supporting us and giving us the necessary permissions for making Mumbai more beautiful. An initiative of this mammoth proportion can only be accomplished with the unflinching support of the civic body,” said Harsh Goenka, Chairman, RPG Art Foundation.

About his work, eminent artist Suryakant Lokhande, said, “The Cameraman is intrinsic to Bollywood and Mumbai. Also, we all have a ‘cameraman’ within us as we collect memories from the real world and store it in our mind’s reel just like a film.”

In 2014 distinguished industrialist and art aficionado Mr Harsh Goenka entrusted RPG Art Foundation to come up with a plan to beautify public spaces in Mumbai. After much deliberation with stakeholders involving the civic authorities and the artist community at large, the idea of city beautification through public art was signed off.

For now, it’s time for Light…camera…action…!

Patron: RPG Art Foundation

Artist: Suryakant Lokhande

Project: Mumbai city beautification, public art initiative

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