A word from the founder Mr. Ram Aggarwall
All India Arts was born in the year 2007 after several years of research and dedication. The original idea was to simply travel to India and commission a handful of paintings depicting Indian culture and history; bring them back and move on to other things. Little did I know that this small burst of culture was to expose me to a massive picture and transform my life into a passionate adventure into India's illustrious heritage. Since beginning my work on this project I have had the joy of visiting India on numerous occasions, which has only accentuated my love for this cultured land. Every trip gave me the opportunity to meet a fantastic array of people. Whether it was artists, historians, writers or India's everyman; each meeting touched me in its own unique way. As I came closer to the soul of India I began to understand how the ancient seers with their infinite wisdom had laid the foundations of the country and enshrined the wisdom in the four Vedas; ancient Hindu scriptures assimilated many thousands of years ago. The greatest gift they bequeathed was freedom of thought and tolerance from which creativity and fresh ideas flowed freely like the River Ganges.
New ideas gave birth to customs, traditions, ceremonies and festivals. "India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only." These words of Mark Twain capture the essence of what I am striving to convey to the world.
My list of Indian Paintings grew by the day as the variety India offers is endless and unparalleled. However, for the project to materialise my focus turned to finding great artists who would share my passionate vision. Through newspapers ads and word of mouth I met hundreds of well known and aspiring artists. I travelled far and wide to meet them as if I was a pilgrim in search of perfection. I am deeply indebted to my childhood friend Chakar Patel who accompanied me and gave me invaluable advice on art.After literally thousands of miles and months of train, road and air travel we finally met Vasudeo Kamath in Mumbai. We held discussions with him. We told him about our lofty dream to create masterpieces.Our aim was to do something different which no one had attempted before. We were after quality, originality and wanted to be attentive to details no matter how fine such as costumes and geography. Accuracy of facts and correctly proportioned figures were fundamental requirements to us. Each subject had to be researched carefully and thoroughly. Vasudeo Kamath proved to be one of the most valuable experiences for us.
To the North West, nearly a thousand miles away from Kamath, I was lucky to meet Khetanchi in the desert state of Rajasthan. He had grown up in Rajasthan and discerned the colours that are assimilated in the sand dunes. His keen eye fell on the unparallel beauty of folk women living in huts and palaces alike, as can be seen in his paintings.
Our team of artists increased as wemet Manoj Sakale, Vishal Wadaye, Sawant brothers, Nelabah Banerjee and Ravi Deo. Each one of them proved to be an asset and added to the richness of our unique collection.I feel immensely indebted to each and every one of them.
My collection of paintings grew. I wanted to share my treasures with the world and realised the best way to achieve this would be through selling the highest quality canvas and paper reproductions. We delved into the art of printing and within months had mastered the process of reproducing the originals into world class prints. The reproductions are of such a high standard that they are perfect reflections of the original masterpieces themselves; capturing every stroke of the artists' brush. Additionally, each print can last for up to one hundred years due to the sheer quality of the materials utilised.
In order for us to make our prints accessible to all, we have kept the prices as low as possible without compromising the quality in any way. It would not be an exaggeration to say these prints are collector's items and their value will increase with time.
Founder of All India Arts