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Dhaka Art Summit organisers named to Harvard South Asian Arts Council

Update : 06 Jan 2016, 08:04 PM

The founders of Samdani Art Foundation, Rajeeb and Nadia Samdani, have been named among the founding members of the Arts Advisory Council at Harvard University’s South Asia Institute.

The Samdanis are best known for the biennial Dhaka Art Summit, hosted by their foundation.

Apart from the Bangladeshi art collector-couple, India’s Aparajita and Gaurav Jain and Poonam Bhagat Shroff, Pakistan’s Osman Khalid Waheed and Britain’s Chandrika Pathak have also been honoured as members of the council.

According to a press note released on December 9, 2015, the council members will provide support and advisement for the Arts at the SAI programme, which aims to connect South Asia’s curators, museum administrators, artists and art educators with Harvard faculty and students to support activity and research that advance understanding and appreciation of South Asian art.

Earlier in July, 2015, the couple was listed among the top 200 collectors by ARTnews, the London and New York-based journal of the visual arts.

Golden Harvest Group Managing Director Rajeeb is co-chair and a founding member of Tate’s South Asian Acquisition Committee.

The Samdani Art Foundation, established in 2011, has put on the Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) every two years since 2012.

Better known as DAS, the summit bills itself as the “world’s largest non-commercial research and exhibition platform for South Asian art.”

The third edition is scheduled to take place in Dhaka between February 5 and 8. The Dhaka Tribune is the official media partner for the third edition of DAS.

In 2014, the summit attracted around 70,000 visitors, putting it on par, attendance-wise, with major international art fairs.

At the Venice Biennale in 2015, the Samdanis’ foundation supported the work of Naeem Mohaiemen and Raqs Media Collective, both included in the curated exhibition “All The World’s Futures.”

In 2014, they were nominated for the Forbes India Art Award in the Young Collector of the Year category in recognition of their collection of Indian artists such as Anish Kapoor, Bharti Kher, Jitish Kallat, Ravinder Reddy, Chitra Ganesh and Subodh Gupta. 

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