At 18, when most of us are still trying to figure out what career options are available to us, Mumbai-born Ishaan Jajodia decided to take his love for art and photography a notch higher. “In the summer of 2015, I worked with a former Indian royal who had an extensive family heirloom. In 2016, he reached out to me to see if I would be interested in helping him break up and auction off the entire collection. My time with the collection led me to believe that it held greater value as a whole, open to the public to view. I realised that the need of the hour was preservation of what we already had — and that led me to start The Mumbai Art Collective.” Not just art events, Ishaan also publishes a magazine related to art. “I aim to make art more accessible to everyone. I hope to educate people about the story behind art rather than just the art itself.”
Since Ishaan currently goes to Dartmouth University in the United States, he needs to coordinate with his team back in Mumbai. He uses apps such as Telegram, Google Docs etc, to make it all work, but gives priority to his studies as well. “Since art is my passion, I decided to put all my energy in to that which caused my social life to take a hit, but I was more than willing to give it up for something that I loved.” He started The Mumbai Art Collective while he attended Dhirubhai Ambani school in Bombay.