Sanctuary's Forever Stripes Art Auction
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Murali Dhar Parashar
Estimate: Rs 3,00,000 - 5,00,000 | Mixed media on canvas | 60 x 96 in | 152.4 x 243.8 cm

Winning bid includes buyer's premium: Rs 4,81,425 ($8,915)

The above works are representations of the artist's style.
The single tiger-themed work to be auctioned will be painted live on TV during this auction.

Sanctuary's Forever Stripes Art Auction
A Sanctuary Asia art auction in association with Saffronart,
in support of NDTV-Aircel Save Our Tigers Campaign

About the Artist
Murali Dhar Parashar,was born and brought up next to the wilds of Ranthambore, Rajashthan. An artist with a love for wildlife, he discovered a unique way to marry both his passions by using his art to draw focus on tigers and the need to protect them.

His involvement with Ranthambhore and all its inhabitants, quadruped, biped and stationary, inspired him to found the Ranthambhore School of Art and Wildlife Conservation Society in 1982. Over the years, Parashar has developed a style that suits locals and even without easy access to sophisticated art supplies, has taught them to use materials such as domestic lampblack, or soot, and a crumpled newspaper used as a nib, to produce wondrous works of art.

As for Parashar, he has gone from strength to strength, creating intricate imagery... always with this preferred subject, the tiger, as his centrepiece.

Today the water-color paintings and black and white life-size sketches created by his students have had an amazing effect on the thousands who have seen their masterpieces in the many exhibitions organised across India and the world.
Parashar is a natural history and wildlife artist of great calibre and one of the most common reactions to his works are comments that refer to the life-like images of tigers, which Òseem like they are ready to walk out of the canvas and into the room."

Sanctuary Asia, India's largest circulating wildlife conservation and ecology magazine has worked with and has supported M.D. Parashar for decades. This Forever Stripes Art Auction, in collaboration with Saffron Art is being held in support of the NDTV-Aircel Save Our Tigers Campaign. The entire proceeds will go to the NDTV-Aircel Save Our Tigers Telethon i.e. a fundraiser being organised with the campaign's implementation partner, "Wildlife Conservation Trust". The artist has agreed to retain only ten per cent of the sale proceeds, which will go to support his on-going initiative to turn the art of locals into defence for tigers.

The NDTV-Aircel Save Our Tigers Telethon will be aired live on NDTV network on July 15, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the auction will be open only to bidders who have pre-registered with Saffronart.
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