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The Amazing People Of Kashmir

Here’s a 27-year-old who founded Kashmir’s first art initiative

Here’s a 27-year-old who founded Kashmir’s first art initiative

In the history of Kashmir, there hasn’t been a single art gallery – a space that has the potential to intellectually and creatively redefine the valley and the minds of its people. But then, there is always a handful of men and women who redefine it. And one such man is 27-year-old Syed Mujtaba Rizvi, who founded Kashmir’s first art initiative, Kashmir Art Quest. At the age of 16, he took up painting seriously, and hosted independent shows in cities such as Mumbai and even started selling works across the world. Kashmir Art Quest, an independent organization, creates opportunities and platforms for Kashmiri artists at local, national and international level. Over the years, Kashmir Art Quest has showcased the works of over 200 senior and emerging artists alike, across the world. After the Kashmir floods, Rizvi and his team initiated a month-long exhibition in New Delhi called ‘ReSTART Kashmir’ – a fundraiser auction of contemporary art, which displayed Kashmir’s resilience and how people could find courage and hope despite everything.