NGMA denies Amol Palekar’s allegations

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The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) has denied Amol Palekar’s allegation that the advisory panel of the gallery’s Mumbai and Bengaluru centres have been scrapped, as a controversy erupted over the veteran actor’s speech at a Mumbai event being repeatedly interrupted by some NGMA members.

A video available on social media showed Palekar criticising the Ministry of Culture for reportedly scrapping the advisory committees at the gallery’s Mumbai and Bengaluru centres. Palekar was repeatedly interrupted during his speech by some NGMA members.

The veteran actor-director on Sunday said he was only trying to seek reasons behind the cancellation of retrospectives of two senior artists.

However later, NGMA’s Director General Adwaita Gadanayak said, “Regarding recent reports in media pertaining to NGMA Mumbai, it is clarified as under – The Advisory Committees of NGMA Mumbai, Bangaluru and Delhi have not been dissolved. Their terms have ended recently and they are in the process of being reconstituted.”

“The recommendations of previous advisory committee will be honoured and exhibitions of artists will happen as proposed. The new advisory committee will take a decision relating to future exhibitions,” he said.

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