• Artists provided a grant of Rs. 1 Lakh each
  • Project aims to secure the livelihood of artists, enabling them to focus on their art

New Delhi, March 12, 2022: Hyundai Motor India Foundation (HMIF), the philanthropic arm of Hyundai Motor India Ltd., felicitated 25 grantees of ‘Art for Hope’ at Bikaner House, New Delhi. An eminent jury shortlisted 25 artists from the length and breadth of India whose magnificent art renditions were commissioned with the theme centred around Hope, Solidarity and Gratitude.  The Art for Hope program aspires to unearth, and nurture hidden talents in diverse fields of art, craft and culture along with providing a unique platform for these artists to showcase their work, which in turn will benefit them by generating employment and make their art popular among a wider audience base.

Speaking at the event, Puneet Anand, Asst. Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Hyundai Motor India Ltd., said, “Art is a reflection of a society’s values, its culture and the people who are a part of it. It helps us understand our innermost emotions. With that thought, we announce the culmination of ‘Art for Hope’, a unique initiative that enabled post pandemic revival of the arts and culture community in India.  HMIF took the bold step of taking up the cause of artists under their commitment towards ‘Progress for Humanity’.  We congratulate all the winners and hope that the grant will help them in strengthening and popularizing their art form and making it accessible to more people.”

The three-day exhibition from March 12th – 14th, 2022 will display the art works and performances of the grantees. The aim of this exhibition is to promote regional and indigenous arts, shedding light on the country’s rich, united, and diverse heritage. This project will illuminate the efforts of 25 artists that highlight India’s rich cultural history. Rendering unwavering support to art and cultural communities, ‘Art for Hope’ is India’s foremost dedicated CSR program set to promote and incentivise artists across a manifold of verticals such as Digital Art, Crafts, Multi-Disciplinary Art, Performance Arts and Visual Arts. As a part of the program, the winners were awarded a grant amount of Rs. 1 lakh which were used for their projects.

The jury members comprising of Dr. Rathi Jafer, Director of Inko Centre (Chennai), Mr. Riyas Komu, a critically acclaimed Multimedia Artist along with Curator, Ms. Priya Pall, a popular museum and arts consultant, former Curatorial Director of Bikaner House, Delhi, and a consultant to various popular museums across the country. Senior HMI members Mr. Punnaivanam Sankaramoorthy, National Service Head and Mr. Mukundan MS, National Production Service Head were also present at the event to encourage the artists.

List of Winners for the 2021 Hyundai Art for Hope Program

Sr No.CategoryNameStateProjects
1CraftsAnith ReddyKarnatakaSiddi Patchwork
2Karmaben Meru GoradiaGujaratBanni Embroidery Technique
3Sumit GoswamiUttar PradeshBraj Sanjhi Art
4Digital ArtsManoj Kumar BiswasJharkhandHistoric Photography Process
5Saran Raj VTamil NaduCreating Photographic Archive
6Multi-Disciplinary ArtsAshish Kumar MauryaUttar PradeshDocumenting Housing in Rural & Urban Areas
7Asif ImranWest BengalHuman Behaviour & Relationship by the City
8Performance ArtsAswathy KNKeralaThullal
9Chanan Khan ManganiyarRajasthanManganiyar folk music
10Kalamandalam KrishnenduKeralaNangiarkuthu
11Raja AnandUttar PradeshDance-Drama Performance on Major Dhyan Chand
12Visual ArtsAkanksha SharmaDelhiProject Heal – Slum Murals
13Anupama AliasKeralaCape of Good Hope – Women Povert Eradication
14Arjun DasWest BengalDocumenting Labour Lives in Hatibangan
15David Varghese & Koumudi MalladiKarnatakaExploring Bengaluru’s Heritage with slum children
16Digvijay Singh JadejaGujaratPainting and Print-Making
17Hardik ChavdaGujaratCeramic Sculptures inspired by Philosophies
18Hemavathy GuhaDelhiPainting and Print-Making
19Helna Merrin JosephKeralaRelief Artwork on Plywood
20Kuldeep KaregaonkarMaharashtaPainting Series on Farmer Conditions in Prabani
21Miriam KoshyGoaDocumentation of Mangrove Conservation in Goa
22Pratik RautMaharashtaDocumenting Kangra Culture – Miniature Paintings
23Priya ThuvasseryDelhiArt Installation on Environmental Degradation
24Saurabh PalMadhya PradeshSculpture on Kalachuries of Dahalamandala
25Vasudev M Nair & Meet VervadaKarnataka / GujaratDocumenting 1857 Revolt in Bulandshahr