Arts, Culture & Heritage

BOCL Foundation is reimagining ways to protect and promote India’s priceless heritage to not only sustain but also make art and culture relevant to the younger generation. India is a land of diverse cultures and it is BF’s endeavour to ensure that the youth appreciates and connects with its rich heritage and arts.

Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago

The Pushti Marg is a religious community devoted to Lord Shrinathji, a divine image of the Hindu God Krishna as a seven-year-old child. Founded in the 16th century by the saint and philosopher Shri Vallabh Acharya (1479–1531), the religious and artistic centre of this sect is based in the temple town of Nathdwara (literally, “The Gates of the Lord”), near Udaipur in the state of Rajasthan, India.

The exhibition, held at the AIC from November 13, 2019, to January 3, 2020, took visitors through a year in Nathdwara, where the daily worship of Shrinathji is characterised by the changing seasons and a bustling festival calendar. Gallery by gallery, visitors were introduced to Pichvais, wall hangings used as backdrops for Shrinathji in his shrine, each uniquely suited to a particular season or festival. Gates of the Lord comprised drawings, Pichvais, paintings, and historic photographs and offered a glimpse into one of the world’s most intimate religious traditions and one of the oldest living art forms.

BOCL Foundation Initiatives

  • BOCL Foundation supports Ustad Zakir Husain for his annual concert – Abbaji - dedicated to the memory of his father the legendary maestro Ustad Allah Rakha Khan in one of its many efforts to pay tribute to the cultural legends of India.
  • BOCL Foundation in partnership with Total has brought to India the internationally acclaimed exhibition 'Mummy: The Inside Story'. This unique exhibition gave the viewers a look at the 3,000-year old coffin of an old priest, while explaining the mummification process and the life and history of Egypt through an immersive 3D film. The three-month exhibition increased the footfall of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vaastu Sangrahalaya to over 261,200 visitors, of which over 60,000 were students from more than 400 schools.
  • BOCL Foundation partnered with A R Rahman, Academy Award winner musician, to promote the message of love and brotherhood by creating the musical album ‘Infinite Love’. This unique global music initiative captures the spirit of a borderless world.
  • BOCL Foundation was also the lead sponsor for the Elephant Festival. This festival, held annually at Elephant Island, adjacent to the Elephant Cave, a World Heritage Site, commemorates the heritage of dance, art and sculpture in India. Thousands of people attended the festival this year.
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