Shapes & Harmony: A Raintree Media Showcase

Celebration of Song and Colour

Raintree Media’s foray into the transcendent world of music and art was the centrepiece of ‘Shapes and Harmony’ at The Park hotel in Bangalore on Aug 19.

The evening celebrated the launch of ‘Ishq ki Lehren’, the golden voiced Ram Nagaraj’s album of romantic Hindi songs by Rohini Nilekani, the Chairperson of Arghyam, Akshara Foundation and Pratham Books. Celebrating the colours of passion was a display of striking paintings of Dr. Norman Guido, Soumya Manjunath Chavan and Kalyan Rathore.

Lemuel Herbert, General Manager of The Park hotel, which has been rated among the 101 best hotels in the world by Tatler magazine’s Travel Guide, played host to the elegant soiree. Sandhya Mendonca, Managing Director of Raintree Media, announced the launch of an international publishing initiative with Global Village Product, the Best of Bangalore.

Nilekani, who’s been a fan of Ram’s for over a decade now, said, “Music is said to bring people together, and this has certainly been true in our case, for it is Ram’s music that has bound our friendship.”

Bangalore’s cognoscenti added glitter to the evening: Mrs. Ritu Mallya, Mr and Mrs. Vijay Rekhi (President & Managing Director of United Spirits Limited), Capt. Gopinath (Managing Director, Air Deccan), Sanchita Ajjampur (fashion designer) and Ramesh Rao (ad honcho and vintner of Mandala Valley wines). The art fraternity of Milind Nayak, Gurudas Shenoy and Chippy Gangjee enjoyed the songs Ram sang from his album while taking in the sweep of myriad colours and interpretations of the paintings.

Dr. Guido, a plastic surgeon, celebrates the grace of the human form in his paintings; Kalyan Rathore, an industrial designer, pays homage to the majesty and spirit of the bull; Dr. Soumya Manjunath Chavan, professional artist, explores the dimensions and meaning of vibrant squares.

The paintings are on show at 100 ft Restaurant, Indiranagar from Aug 22 to 31.