Eclectic artworks by Indian masters M F Husain, S H Raza, K H Ara and B Prabha among others, owned by Air India and housed in its various offices across the country, have been brought together for display for the very first time as part of a brand building exercise.

Select works from the airline’s huge art collection will be showcased at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in the exhibition titled “Air India salutes Indian Masters”, which begins at New Delhi from Saturday and runs till September 1. A total of 67 pieces from Air India’s collection is being exhibited at the Gallery. The artworks have been sourced from different offices located all across the country. Prominent artists like Husain, Ara, Raza, Prabha, are all featured.

This is the first time an exhibition of the artworks, some of them which are worth several lakhs, and some even going into the crore bracket, is being held. The entire show comprising oil paintings, watercolours, works on glass and wood, a few miniatures as well as a few sculptures have been curated by NGMA Director Rajeev Lochan.

While a bulk of the airline’s collection is displayed in Mumbai, some of the artworks are also in Air India offices in New York, Washington, Perth, Rome, Tokyo, Paris, and London. The airline which struggled with its finances and recently received financial support from the government, however, has no plans to use the artworks to raise funds. The exhibition, is currently just planned for show only in New Delhi.

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk