Platform 11
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It is said that great minds make others greatand their superiority is to be used, not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aid them to judge for themselves.

It is said that great minds make others greatand their superiority is to be used, not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aid them to judge for themselves.

Thus, when intellectuals gather to discuss subjects that are common to them or the society around them, they leave behind pearls of thought that make the listeners around them introspective about their environs.

In a discussion on the topic Artful conversations organized at the event “Platform 11” Presented by Max India Limited which was launched by Digraj Golf and Malavika Gaur from Veva Art, renowned lyricist and thinker Javed Akhtar, historian Purushottam Agrawal and artist Manish Pushkale made the audience think about rationality, atheism, and the future of society divided on such subjects.

Talking about the importance of rationality, Javed said ”It is ironic how India is the largest democracy but people shout that there is either a right or a wrong but no in between.” to which he added later that “India is a great country being one of the most populated countries but with more than half being the youth.“

Agreeing with this view, Purushottam added: “Our problem is that we fight for peace and when it comes to poetry as well, it is not an expression of individuality but an escape from it.”

Referring to such exchange of ideas among intellectuals, Manish said: “Being an artist, this is my dream project. I am just trying to create a new galaxy and camaraderie of like-minded people who are interested in. It is going to be a collective space of painters, writers, musicians, dancers, social scientists and philosophers”.

The lively discussion expectedly led to the audience raising questions that provoked the three participants to greater thought on the issues raised by them.

Platform 11 (Platform Gyarah) has been created as a forum for dialogue on topics and issues related to society and how they have inspired creativity in all domains, especially the Arts.  

Expectedly, the first session of Platform 11 resulted in a lively discussion, often provoking each other on issues that often disturb every Indian. The meet took place at Vivanta by Taj - Ambassador Hotel.

Platform 11 was conceived by Digraj Singh and Malvika Gaur of Veva Art. The idea was appreciated by Manish Pushkale, who had already been thinking on similar lines with Pavan Verma and the duo brought their concept Shastrartha on board.

The final concept emerged from the unification of the two thought processes. They found support in the presenting sponsor Max Estates and hospitality sponsors Vivanta By Taj Ambassador Hotel. Both these sponsors have appreciated this initiative as they feel it is in sync with their interest to support and promote new ideas in art.   

Founder Digraj Singh said: “Platform Gyarah brings together a desire to work both in the field of education and that too in the realm of Art. I felt the need for such a forum which could eventually become a community and am delighted that Malavika shared the vision.”

His co-founder Malavika Gaur added: “When Digraj shared the concept with me, I resonated with it immediately. I think it will add value to all those who associate with it and we have some interesting concepts in store for everyone.”

The organizers say that they realized that “the awareness of Art, so important to our lives, was limited to those who have had some formal education, while the majority has self educated itself. There was need for a curated forum which could help people in enhancing their awareness and understanding of the entire creative process and appreciate the full realm of aesthetics. Platform 11 thus aims to bring together stakeholders and creators associated with all creative forms to debate, discuss, share insights and knowledge from within the industry.”

VEVA Art is a global art management firm focusing on creating unique art events and shows, providing art advisory services and offering a plethora of other art services. Formed by Malavika Gaur and Jehan Kothary, VEVA Art is a division of VEVA. Through its two divisions, VEVA Global and VEVA Art, VEVA offers its clients an array of services revolving around concepts, strategic communications, marketing, event planning, strategic partnerships / collaborations and allied consulting services. Their core expertise lies in producing meticulously curated concept shows and events.

Digraj Golf Inc’s ideology is to create events and properties which contribute towards the development of sports, culture and those which lead to enhanced human effectiveness. Digraj Golf curates and manages some of the finest corporate golf events in India. It also manages different sports and has the exclusive management rights of the Flying Sikh Milkha Singh. It also does some work in promoting education and recently started a golf Academy in Mumbai.