“In the 30 years to 2020, India lost 30 per cent of its cultural heritage as a result of its pursuit of economic growth, according to leading Indian philanthropic fund, Dasra, which means “enlightened giving” in Sanskrit.
Industrialist and philanthropist Abhishek Poddar says this has a lot to do with art not being a priority in contemporary Indian culture.
“There’s lack of conservation and people are insensitive to this,” he says. “We face such little attention to the arts, and especially in the Indian education system which is more about rote learning, not imaginative thinking.”
Stephen Cox’s sculptures at MAP