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This fund raising show seeks to raise awareness about elephant conservation using the creative and inspiring medium of art. Conceived and curated by the Singapore artist, Alpana Ahuja, the exhibition will be inaugurated by Manekha Gandhi, Hon’ble Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development, Govt of India.

Ganesh to Gajah is inspired by the love and care Ahuja witnessed at Wildlife SOS’s Elephant Conservation and care center in Agra. The exhibition is a reflection of her inner love for Lord Ganesha and her compassion for elephants. It showcases the footprints or padchins of elephants created with the help of Wildlife SOS’s elephant Phoolkali – who made this possible with the help of bananas and other treats. These unique prints and other artworks represents the animals ‘March to Freedom’ completing Alpana’s journey with this gentle elephants’ footprints in canvas. 

Ahuja noted, ‘My journey has been inspired by my friendship with the elephants at Wildlife SOS. My collection begins with Lord Ganesha, part-elephant himself and then to the footprints of Phoolkali, the majestic elephant’.

Babita Gupta, owner of Art Spice Gallery says, ‘It is a first-ever show where the beauty and mysticism of the elephant and its conservation have been brought to the fore. What is more rewarding is the fact that the proceeds from the padchin collection will be contributed to the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and care center in Mathura’. Satyanarayan, Co-Founder, Wildlife SOS says, ‘It’s a mission to protect and conserve Indian wildlife and this particular art exhibition is dedicated to the welfare, rehabilitation and management of captive elephants’.

When: 22 August to 19 September
Where: Art Spice gallery, The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa, Bangla Sahib Road
Timings: 10am to 7pm (Monday to Saturday)
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