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Pune's latest Art-hub opens in Koregaon Park today
Shalaka Nalawade | Friday, 25 April 2014 AT 03:20 PM IST
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There’s a new place for art to flourish in the city — Monalisa kalagram — started by the mother-daughter duo Mona and Lisa Pingale.

Be there!
Monalisa Kalagram, Pinagale farms, off Lane 7, Koregaon Park will be hosting their launch show that consists of artworks by 10 different artists including Raju Sutar, Vaishali Oak, Falguni Gokhale, Sujata Dharap, Snehal Chordia, Jayant Joshi, Shreenivas Mehetre, Dibakar Das, Vikram Kulkarni and Sukanta Basu. The exhibition will be open for everyone from April 26 to May 4 between 10.30 am and 7 pm. The inaugural ceremony, which is by invitation, will take place on April 25 at 6.30 pm.

Situated in the most happening part of the city — Koregaon Park — Monalisa Kalagram is overflowing with greenery and seems like a perfect spot for some art inspiration. It is a dream come true for mother-daughter duo Mona and Lisa Pingale to watch a place like this take shape under their own roof.
“My parents have been living in our ancestral home for years. The home was built by my grandfather some 100 years ago. We had a lot of space here that we wanted to convert it into a place that would be bustling with artistic activities. Hence, around eight or nine months ago, we decided to go ahead and begin turning the place into an art hub,” Lisa informs.
Mona is a master in Ikebana arrangement and Lisa is an artist. Turning the place into an art hub was an idea that kept cropping up in their heads, until Lisa’s father suggested that they should start it. “My father came up with this idea and insisted that we name it Monalisa Kalagram, after ourselves. In fact, they named me Lisa, because my mom was Mona,” Lisa adds with a laugh.
While showing us the place that will open its doors to public on April 25, Lisa informs that they plan to divide the one acre place in an art gallery, an open air platform for performances and lectures, an art store, an art cafe and artist residence as well. As of now, the art gallery, the platform and store are ready. “We began converting the place some months ago, so the work is still in progress,” Lisa says.
Talking about their plans for the Kalagram, Lisa says, “In the art gallery we will have all sorts of exhibitions — like paintings, sculptures, art installations, clay artworks and so on. The open air platform and the gallery can also host seminars, workshops and we will also have art film screenings. The art store will have garden accessories like sculptures, fancy lamps and pots, mostly hand-crafted articles for gardens.”

Ghayathri Desai - Thursday, 1 December 2016 AT 09:13 PM IST
Hello Mona and Lisa ! Have been painting for the last 3 decades nationally n internationally. Would be very happy to associate with your gallery. Am based in Pune now and would like to meet you'll. Tnx. Ghayathri Desai

Sanjoy Majumder - Sunday, 19 April 2015 AT 09:53 AM IST
All the best to monalisa. Art hub...India need such platform... Glad few people are encouraging art.I am artist from kolkata, would like to get opportunity to show my works too.plz let me know if there is any possibilities. Regards Sanjoy M majumderartist@yahoo.co.in

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