Poonam Bhagat Shroffs new Mumbai house is a showcase for artistic talent in India today, reflecting the organic development of architecture and art collection.
These shrines evoke aspects of the human-God relationship in ways that are specific to the Bhagat Shroffs, reflecting the life and belief systems of a cosmopolitan Indian family that remains traditional in many core aspects.
Even before her marriage Mrs Bhagat Shroff had begun collecting contemporary works for a future home.
At the other end of the same room Mrs Bhagat Shroff installed another work she had acquired before the project began, a reflective sculptural dish by Mumbai-born, British-based artist Anish Kapoor (Fig.
On the contrary, however, Mrs Bhagat Shroff soon realised that only by installing site-specific works and sculpture would she be able to maximise the impact of the house's relatively few, micro-concrete internal walls.
That Mrs Bhagat Shroff would inherit her parents' collecting impulse would seem to have been inevitable: 'The story goes after I was born my mother was going through post-partum blues and in order to cheer herself she went to an exhibition of work by Laxman Pai and bought most of it
Mrs Bhagat Shroff started collecting independently after she returned to India in 1991 from the Wharton business school, University of Pennsylvania.
Marriage threw something of a spanner in the works, as Mr Shroff was not at all appreciative of art.
In commissioning works for her new house, Mrs Bhagat Shroff turned immediately to Subodh Gupta, then already becoming a superstar on the international art scene for his use of everyday objects in the creation of masterful sculptures that reflect the social and economic transformation of contemporary India.
At their first meeting, the artist recognised that, although a global citizen with an international life, Mrs Bhagat Shroff was passionate about Mumbai and its heritage.
Interestingly, not many know that filmmaker Ghai, who had launched Jackie as a leading man in Hero , had given the Shroffs a token amount of Rs 500 as a signing fee for Tiger when he was born, promising he would one day launch the boy in Bollywood.
TIGER Shroff, the 19- year- old son of actor Jackie Shroff, has rubbished rumours that he will be making his Bollywood debut in Subhash Ghai's Hero 2, in an interview to Men's Health magazine.