Art Heritage was established in 1978 by the Mr. E. Alkazi along with his wife, Roshan Alkazi. Entering an art scene that was non-existent, bleak and of little consequence, they worked consistently, serving the cause of contemporary art through a record output of over a 150 exhibitions and publications, accompanied often by talks on art appreciation and artists. Art Heritage regards the dissemination of art awareness and art appreciation as central to its agenda.
Providing vision and intellectual ballast to the art scene, Alkazi’s keen eye and understanding of art is backed by years of experience in various related fields such as theatre. A renowned theatre director in Mumbai, the Alkazis were closely associated with the Progressive Artists Movement in its formative years. Shifting to Delhi in 1962, Alkazi was invited to head the National School of Drama. Building the foundations of this institute over a period of 16 years, Alkazi established the NSD as the premiere teaching institute of the country. Always an educationist at heart, Alkazi designed courses in theatre that were of an interdisciplinary nature, involving all the arts.
Turning his attention to the art scene in the late 70’s, Alkazi was and is committed to showcasing mainly young and emerging talent. Nurturing it into maturity through critical acumen and support, the Alkazis have contributed substantially as gallerist /patrons, and have helped to shape the contours and identity of contemporary Indian art.