An evening about experimentation, innovation, and interpretation.

by Kushagra Das

The Emerging Artist of the year award powered by bestcollegeart.com and Glenfiddich which was one by Raju Baraiya is one of the most celebrated arts award. The artist is chosen by a group of leading artists, gallery owners, art critics and art collectors. The award is given for excellence in Visual Arts i.e. painting, sculpture, installation etc. Winning artist is awarded a prize of INR 10 lac along with three months residency in Glenfiddich distillery in Scotland and a solo show at Art District XIII, New Delhi.

The winner, Raju Baraiya standing second from right.

The award night for this year was one of its kind and was a memorable night for not only art enthusiasts but anyone who appreciates and understands creativity. The gallery showcased art installations by the five finalists who competed for the prestigious award.

My journey- Raju Baraiya Mixed media on canvas

But, what caught my attention the most was, the fact that how the evening was all about experimentation, innovation, and interpretation. Every piece of art presented by the artists was a distinct and intriguing visual. I couldn’t stop myself from being engrossed in trying to understand the deeper meaning hidden in the Art Installations.

Cloud Acrobat- Fibre Glass Adepalli Tirupathi Rao
Home- Wood and electric motor – Rushabh Vishwakarma
Yin Yang-Mixed Media on canvas -Megha Madan

The innovation part didn’t end at there. While talking to Angad Singh Gandhi, Brand Ambassador of Glenfddich India, he told us about the newly launched flavours – Dufftown Confluence, Sweet Obsession and Bittersweet Symphony – Spicy, Fruity and Bittersweet, which enhance the experience of Glenfiddich. The cocktails of the evening – Brahmaputra Boat which had the finest cinnamon from Kerala and the most aromatic bay leaves from Assam was an absolutely refreshing experience. The second cocktail – Speyside Tiramisu was made from rich caramel, fine chocolate and coffee from Gung Giri estate. Can it get any better? No!

Swati Rai and Angad Singh Gandhi
Brahmaputra Boat
Speyside Tiramisu

The evening came to an end with Raju Baraiya winning the Emerging Artist of the Year award 2019.

Glenfiddich Artists in Residence programme inspires emerging artists across the globe to experiment and innovate with art in an unusual setting- the home of Glenfiddich. The recipient of the 8th edition of the ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’ award, Vadodara based artist Raju Baraiya was awarded a three-month art residency at the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown, Scotland.

Raju is currently pursuing hid post diploma in painting from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Vadodara, Gujarat. He was awarded the Prafulla Dahanukar- the Gujarat State award Maharashtra, ABIR art “First Take” Award, Nasereen Mohammadi Best display award and many others.

The selection was made by an esteemed jury panel comprising of leading personalities from the field of art including artists, gallerists, art critics and collectors, namely- Kiran Nadar (Chairperson, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art), V Sunil (Co-founder, Motherland JV), Sunil Sethi, (President, FDCI), Andy Fairgrieve (Curator, Glenfiddich Artists in Residence programme), Bhavna Kakkar (Gallerist, Latitude 28), Nitin Bhayana, (Art collector), Swapan Seth (Equus Advertising), Veer Munshi (Artist), Jagannath Panda (Artist), Kapil Chopra (Mentor and Curator, bestcollegeart), Manoj Adlakha (CEO, American Express India) and Sachin Mehta (Country Manager India, William Grant & Sons). The jury members went through 6000 plus entries before hand-picking the five finalists and the India winner. The shortlisted five included Raju Baraiya, Megha Madan, Addepalli Tirupathi Rao, Kapil Jangid and Rushabh Vishwarma.

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