Art doesn't have to be an investment, buy what resonates with you: Tarini Jindal Handa
As a youngster, Handa had little interest or understanding of art.
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For some art is beauty, for others a mystery. But it is something that can grow on you over time. Ask Tarini Jindal Handa, the elder daughter of Sajjan and Sangita Jindal. Like any youngster, Handa had little interest or understanding of art. “Growing up, we would travel a lot and my mother would always drag us to museum after museum,” she said at a recent event in Mumbai. “By the end of it, I didn’t want to go to any more museums. I think that was my first memory of art — running around the corridors of these gigantic spaces where you couldn’t make any noise. And I would wonder, ‘Why is my mum bringing me here?’”
But while she didn’t know it at the time, those museum visits fuelled her love for art and design. “I got inspired by all the colour around. Just to see [art], inspires as well,” she said.
She now follows in her mother’s footsteps. From working on a leading magazine for contemporary art to helping produce British artist Filthy Luker’s installation of giant green tentacles at Jindal Mansion on Peddar Road in Mumbai, art flows through Handa’s blood.
Handa was just 17 when she found an artwork that struck a chord with her, but she didn’t have the funds to buy it. “It was by a French artist. I was still in college and I saved every penny that I could from my pocket money. I would go every weekend to see the painting. At the end of the year, I had enough money to get it,” she said.
Art as investment
For Handa, while art is a good investment, it should not be the reason you pick up a piece. “I have always bought art without thinking of it as an investment. Always buy what you like to see. If you look at it as a commodity, well, that may never happen,” she said. Her other tips for first-time buyers is to wait and watch. “I would recommend going to visit [galleries] as much as you can. Go to Kochi, go to the art fair, to galleries in your city. And maybe don’t buy for the first six to 12 months. See what your eye likes first, see what resonates with you. I used to make a list of artists I liked or wanted to start collecting. Then I would do my research and watch their work develop over the years. And sometimes it’s just instinct when you really like something,” she said.