LONDON - On 29 January in the run up to multiple art events around Delhi, we announced the sale of the Amaya Collection, at Sotheby’s New York, 19 March. Having spent the last few months working closely with collector Amrita Jhaveri, selecting works from her collection for the sale, I was thrilled by the positive response from the press and the art world in India and New York.

Amrita Jhaveri with designer Sandeep Khosla.

Two days later, over 600 people came to our gala cocktail reception and dinner at the Imperial in New Delhi. The historic building, where Mahatma Gandhi met with Pandit Nehru and Lord Mountbatten to discuss the partition of India, was the ideal setting for a new chapter in India’s art history: the first ever modern and contemporary Indian art sale to be held by an international auction house.

Ram Shergill, Namita & Alex Kuruvilla, CEO of Conde Nast India with Sotheby’s Robin Woodhead.

Designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla showcased their recent book India Fantastique. It traces 25 years of Jani and Khosla’s fashion and interiors projects from Death Valley, Nevada, to London and Jaipur.

With the Imperial’s blend of Victorian, Colonial and Art Deco styles, this was a lovely evening that celebrated art and design at its very best.