Skyview by Empyrean gets ready to host 2nd edition of art retreat ‘Sama-Vaya’ between August 22-25

Skyview by Empyrean gets ready to host 2nd edition of art retreat ‘Sama-Vaya’ between August 22-25


The interactive art camp will be organised by prominent art consultant and curator Anupa Mehta and supported by author and crafts curator Anu Chowdhury Sorabjee


The four-day retreat will bring together six award-winning master craftswomen and artists, Lado Bai, Kritika Joshi, Saroj Shyam, contemporary Indian artists Rachita Dutta, Rachna Badrakia and Neha Lavingia; and two local artists from Jammu — Suman Gupta and Sohan Singh Billawaria


The in-residence artists will stay at the premium mountain harbour, collaborating and learning from each other before displaying their individual and joint works of art inspired by the beauty and landscape of Jammu at the exhibition on Aug 25


The culturally-rich and beautiful valley of Jammu is all set to welcome art-lovers and collectors from around the world yet again! Skyview by Empyrean, a 22-acre mountain harbour that seamlessly blends premium hospitality, adventure, nature and luxury in the Sanget-Patnitop region is gearing up to host the second edition of the interactive art-retreat ‘Sama-Vaya’ on its premises between August 22- 25.


Organised by prominent art consultant and curator Anupa Mehta and supported by crafts curator Anu Chowdhury Sorabjee, ‘Sama-Vaya’ which in Sanskrit means ‘union’, brings together acclaimed artists and craftsmen from across India to collaborate, exchange ideas and produce masterpieces inspired by their surroundings.  The artists will work individually as well as in pairs to create their impressions of Jammu, the environment and of Skyview By Empyrean. All their art works will be displayed at an exhibition to be held at Skyview by Empyrean on August 25.


“The response to the premier ‘Sama-Vaya’ art retreat last year was so overwhelmingly positive that we had to come back with yet another edition to celebrate all forms of art against the beautiful backdrop of Jammu! I’m delighted to have crafts curator Anu Chowdhury Sorabjee bring in her crafts expertise this year. The talented group of artists this year come from both urban contemporary settings as well as indigenous areas. Their diverse backgrounds, skillsets and creative perspectives promise to add a punch of flavours to the retreat, making the exhibition all the more interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing the different shades of Jammu and Skyview by Empyrean interpreted through their eyes and on to their canvasses on August 25,” said Art Curator, Sama-Vaya, Anupa Mehta, who has over two decades of experience in the Indian art world.


The talented and acclaimed artists participating in the retreat this are Lado Bai (Bhil art), Kritika Joshi (Phad painting), Saroj Shyam (Gond painting) and contemporary Indian artists Rachita Dutta, Rachna Badrakia and Neha Lavingia. Two Jammu-based artists, Suman Gupta and miniature artist Sohan Singh Billawaria will also join the group to bring in the local flavour and skills. 


“Skyview by Empyrean is not just a premium property that offers top-class hospitality. We are a group with a heart that is always looking at different ways to make a difference be it popularising Jammu as a top destination, empowering the local communities or doing our bit to promote passions like sports and art for the greater good of all. We are delighted to host ‘Sama-Vaya on our property this year yet again and look forward to having the artists stay with us and be inspired to create some of their best art works while in-residence drawing from the serene surroundings and nurturingatmosphere we cultivate here,” said Owais Altaf Syed, Director of Skyview by Empyrean.


Skyview By Empyrean, that seamlessly blends premium hospitality, adventure, nature and luxury, lends itself as the perfect destination for an art gathering of such scale. It is located at one of the most scenic spots of the Sanget-Patnitop region that offer unfiltered views of the majestic Pir Panjal range and only an hour’s drive from the famous Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Temple at Katra.






Pavita Jones