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Oriental `rendezvous'

Art, fengshui and cuisine `blend' at the Taj Residency


WITH FENG Shui gaining ground, it is not surprising to see it enveloping other areas like art and food. The on-going art exhibition and Oriental food festival at the Taj Residency is a `fusion' of art, science and food.

The Feng shui-in-art event done by Anita Sethi Ramakrishna (from Hyderabad) and Ragini Shah (from Mumbai) was an extension of advocating a way of living in harmony. Along with objects like Laughing Buddha, wind chimes and others, art is also entering into the ambit of Feng shui. But the art is certainly not Oriental. Instead, paintings by Indian artists from Mumbai, Nasik, Pune, Baroda, Panchgani and New Delhi on themes connected with Feng shui like water, flowers, fish, family, fauna and so on were displayed. Ragini Shah, who runs Studio Ragini, has chosen works particularly for this exhibition over a period of time. These are mostly in bright colours in line with the broad tenets of Feng shui.

Anita, the Feng shui consultant, suggests the positions these painting can be hung. "Walk through the room and feel the energy of the photographs, art and sculpture. These images evoke a positive or negative mood. As a science, Feng shui helps you select art/objects suitable to you," says Anita. About 19 artists figure in this exhibition of paintings.

This was reflected in the themes chosen for the paintings. For instance, Anita says one can keep Ganeshas and Lakshmis too at home. So there were a few paintings on Ganeshas and even one on Shiva.

Extending the concept of colour, the two also worked on the cuisine aspect along with Ganesh Joshi, Executive Chef, Taj Residency. The Oriental food festival showcases cuisines of China, Malaysia and Thailand. "We have ensured the colourful aspect so that it is a visual treat in art and food," says Chef Joshi. There is a buffet with a wide range of items (some of which are cooked in live counters according to the guests' instructions and desire). "A noodle bar is one of the highlights," says Chef Joshi. An Oriental ambience is created with the use of Chinese lanterns, paintings and objects.

Votaries of Feng shui are increasing by the day and such attempts (even if they seem a forced `coalescence') only enhance the trend. So if you are one, jump on to the Oriental caravan of Feng shui in art and food - but remember to do so by February 22 (the food is for lunch and dinner).

R.R.

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