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Hyundai India Foundation Celebrates Artistic Excellence with ‘Art for Hope – Season 3’

New Delhi, March 28, 2024 – Hyundai Motor India Foundation (HMIF), the philanthropic arm of Hyundai Motor India Ltd., proudly announces the third season of its esteemed ‘Art for Hope’ initiative. This unique platform is dedicated to empowering artists across India and highlighting the country’s vast heritage in art, craft, and culture. From March 28 to March 31, 2024, Triveni Kala Sangam in New Delhi will become a vibrant hub for the exhibition and workshop, showcasing the exceptional talents of 40 selected artists.

The initiative, in line with Hyundai’s global vision of ‘Progress for Humanity’, aims to democratize art access and provide a national stage for artists to exhibit their creativity across various domains including visual, digital, and performing arts, as well as traditional folk and cultural community art. The event was inaugurated by dignitaries including Kumar Tuhin, Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), renowned Kathak artists and Padma Shri awardees Kamalini and Nalini Asthana, and Un Soo Kim, MD & CEO of Hyundai Motor India Ltd.

This year’s ‘Art for Hope’ notably includes 25 individuals, 5 art collectives and NGOs, and 10 differently-abled artists, hailing from 20 diverse regions across India. The focus on inclusivity is further emphasized through the exhibition’s features such as tactile artworks, braille-text descriptions, and easy accessibility, ensuring that art can be enjoyed by all.

Un Soo Kim expressed his admiration for the artists’ unique perspectives and worldviews, highlighting Hyundai’s commitment to creating opportunities and enriching lives, including those of the specially-abled. “Artists present a glimpse of our world, things beyond what we could see with our eyes, and it is this unique perspective and world-view that we truly admire at Hyundai,” he stated.

Since its inception in 2021, ‘Art for Hope’ has supported over 100 artists across India, with an investment surpassing Rs. 5 crore, benefiting more than 11,000 artists and artisans nationwide. The 40 artists featured in this year’s edition were meticulously selected from 470 applications by a celebrated jury, based on criteria such as project concept, impact, artist portfolio, and background.

The 4-day event not only showcases a wide array of artworks but also includes workshops and talks on topics such as calligraphy, traditional painting, and cultural sustainability. A special screening of the top 10 films from the ‘MyMobileMovie’ workshop will also be a highlight, showcasing the talents of young change-makers from underprivileged backgrounds supported by HMIF.

‘Art for Hope – Season 3’ is a testament to HMIF’s dedication to fostering cultural enrichment and social empowerment through the arts, making it a beacon of hope and creativity for artists and art enthusiasts alike.

Art for Hope – Season 3: List of Grant Winners

Sr NoNameCategoryLocation
 Individual Artists  
1Smriti RastogiTraditional Arts & CultureNew Delhi
2Srabani Baskey and TeamTraditional Arts & CulturePurulia, West Bengal
3Gurpreet Singh RattanDigital ArtDehradun, Uttarakhand
4Poornima SardanaVisual ArtSonipat, Haryana
5Akash BiswasVisual ArtDiglipur, Andaman & Nicobar
6Dhruv PoddarVisual ArtGuwahati, Assam
7Suman ChandraVisual ArtBirbhum, West Bengal
8Shikha PatelVisual ArtVaranasi, Uttar Pradesh
9Lakshay KumarFunctional Innovative Art & CraftsNew Delhi
10Neeraj Singh KhandkaVisual ArtNew Delhi
11Saif AhmadVisual ArtRanchi, Jharkhand
12Nishchay ThakurFunctional Innovative Art & CraftsKatangi, Madhya Pradesh
13Samvit JoshiVisual ArtAhmedabad, Gujarat
14Jasmi PaldiyaVisual ArtSurat, Gujarat
15Dheeraj Vasanta JadhavVisual ArtTalegaon, Maharashtra
16Rohan KhuntaleVisual ArtPune, Maharashtra
17Shubham TiwariPerformance ArtLucknow, Uttar Pradesh
18Gaurang NaikVisual ArtCurchorem, Goa
19Ankur YadavFunctional Innovative Art & CraftsBehror, Rajasthan
20IsaiprakashTraditional Arts & CultureChennai, Tamil Nadu
21AkshayaTraditional Arts & CultureChennai, Tamil Nadu
22Skarma Sonam TashiVisual ArtLeh, Ladakh
23Anil ThambaiDigital ArtKasargod, Kerala
24Afzal Adeeb KhanDigital ArtPatna, Bihar
25Sewali DekaVisual ArtKamrup, Assam
 Art Collectives & NGOs  
1Octave FoundationPerformance ArtImphal, Manipur
2AYUSH, Adivasi Yuva ShaktiPerformance ArtDahanu, Maharashtra
3Nirguna TrustPerformance ArtBhubaneshwar, Odisha
4Siddharth Puri, Bharat Kumar, Shaishav Singhal, Tarit Khanna, Vikas KapahiDigital ArtNew Delhi
5Tri Impact GlobalFunctional Innovative Art & CraftsGreater Noida, Uttar Pradesh
 Differently-Abled Artists  
1ShivlalWheelchair BoundGurugram, Haryana
2Rupak MunjeAutistic + Non verbalChennai, Tamil Nadu
3Rahul WahiThalassemiaNew Delhi
4Korok BiswasDown SyndromeKolkata, West Bengal
5Ritika GuptaAutistic + VerbalGhaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
6Amrit KhuranaAutistic + Non verbalNoida, Uttar Pradesh
7Karan AroraHearing impairedBengaluru, Karnataka
8Lokesh VHearing impairedChennai, Tamil Nadu
9KS Simron RajHearing impairedTiruvallur, Tamil Nadu
10Varun NarenAutisticMumbai, Maharashtra
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