Kriti gallery is such an inspiring place!
Exhibition openings at the gallery bring an International crowd together - both local and foreign, who share an interest in art. The gallery promotes a strong sense of community, which is evident when you find a group of local young art students engaging with the work and interacting with viewers that range from visiting North American or European artists, to local experts on Banaras heritage, Literarutre and other fields. Introductions lead to people exchanging contact information with wishes to collaborate. This is what Kriti Gallery inspires - collaboration between people across the street from one other and around the world.
Warm samosas (!) in the quiet garden are also a treat during winter exhibition nights and inspire conversation to flow and ideas to be exchanged beyond gallery walls.
The unique Kriti environment is created by Navneet Raman and Petra Manefeld, who run Kriti's gallery and artist residency program. They are the most welcoming, enthusiastic hosts who open doors for you to be able to experience the best of local craft traditions, and who not only share India's wealth of art and culture with you, but also close friends who become your best memories of India.
Navneet's happy personality and passion for art is contagious; his office is an open door and after each conversation you leave even more curious than before - anxious to discover more of India, with a deep desire to experience other parts of the world and your own home culture with the same interest, dedication and sprit.
(Don't miss seeing the beautiful work of the Banaras weavers and West Bengal-based potter Lipi stocked in the gallery store - my favorite studio visits in India thanks to Kriti!)
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