The Noble Sage Art Gallery
The Noble Sage Art Collection is a London contemporary art gallery, opened by Jana Manuelpillai in 2006. Commercial art gallery opened to specialise exclusively in Indian, Sri Lankan and Pakistani contemporary art. The majority of their collection are paintings, sculpture and works on paper from South India – Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. Collection now located in Belsize Park in North London, it represents over 40 artists and its collection includes more than 500 artworks.       
- April 2006 – Jana Manuelpillai opened The Noble Sage Art Gallery on 2a Fortis Green, London N2 9EL. Drawn primarily from the alumni of the Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai, the first exhibition Chennai Excite featured works by 17 contemporary Chennai artists, many of them residing in the Cholamandal and Padappai Artists Villages. The artists included senior figures of South Indian art, such as K. M. Adimoolam, S. Dhanapal and R. B. Bhaskaran and emergent artists like T. Athiveerapandian, P. Jayakani and Benitha Perciyal.
- May 2007 - In The Fore 2007 - Alphonso Doss, Rekha Rao, C. F. John and A. P. Santhanaraj
- August 2007 - India Now!- The Official Festival Exhibition- Collaborative exhibition with the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Kensington for the Mayor of London’s INDIA NOW! festival with over thirty works from The Noble Sage collection.
- August 2007 - She, India: India through the eyes of its women. 'She, India' featured the work of nine female artists from India. Artists included: Gayatri Gamuz, Asma Menon, Eleena Banik and V. Anamika
- April 2008- Trilogy- M. Siva, Benitha Perciyal and N. Prasannakumar
- June 2008 - In The Fore 2009 - Achuthan Kudallur, Ganesh Selvaraj, P. Jayakani and T. Athiveerapandian
- September 2008 – Never Alone But Together- The drawings and sculptures of Ashok Patel
- October 2008- Tasaduq Sohail- Small oils and watercolours
- February 2009 - The Beating Heart of Kerala- The largest exhibition of works by artists from Kerala in the UK. The six artists included in the exhibition were Murali Nagapuzha, Manoj Vyloor, S. Ravi Shankar, T. R. Upendranath, A. S. Sajith and Pradeep Puthoor
- May 2009 - In The Fore 2009 - A. P. Santhanaraj, Anoma and Narayanan V.
- June 2009- January 2010 - Understanding Contemporary Art, Brent Museum
- October 2009 - Further Towards Nature. New abstract canvases by T. Athiveerapandian
- February 2010 - Chennai Revisited - Featuring V. Anamika, Shailesh BO, C. Dakshinamoorthy, Radha, N. Raghavan and G. Raman
- April 2010 - Tableau. New works by S. Ravi Shankar
- June 2010. The Vibrant World of Asia
Asian Arthouse Film Night
Since June 2007, The Noble Sage has been screening films from the Indian Subcontinent. Films screened:
- June 2007 - Aparajito, Satyajit Ray, India 1956
- July 2007 - Apur Sansar, Satyajit Ray, India 1959
- August 2007 - The Terrorist (Theeviravaathi), Santosh Sivan, India 1999
- September 2007 - Fire, Deepa Mehta, India 1996
- October 2007 - The River, Jean Renoir, France/UK/India 1951
- January 2008 - Reel Peace - Six Short Films from Sri Lanka
- March 2008 - Mother India, Mehboob Khan, India 1957, followed by a lecture by Craig Jenkins
- June 2008 - Bandit Queen, Shekar Kapoor, India 1994
- July 2008 - I for India, Sandhya Suri, UK 2005
- September 2008 - Ek Din Pratidin, Mrinal Sen, India 1979
- October 2008 - A River Named Titas, Ritwik Ghatak, India 1973
- January 2009 - In this World, Michael Winterbottom, UK 2003, introduced by Tony Grisoni
- January 2009 - A Drawing Film, Meghana Bisineer and Jane Cheadle, UK, 2005. Autobiography of a Princess, James Ivory, India/UK 2003
- July 2009 - Kittu and Pankhi, Sandeep Chandra Ashwath, India, 2000. By My Table, Sandeep Chandra Ashwath, India, 2004. Shatranj Ke Khilari, Satyajit Ray, UK 1977
- October 2009 - Junoon, Shyam Benegal India 1978
- November 2009 - Sixth Happiness, Waris Hussein, UK 1997
- January 2010 - A Throw of Dice, Franz Osten, Germany/India/UK 1929
- March 2010 - When the Road Bends: Tales of a Gypsy Caravan, Jasmine Dellal, USA/Netherlands 2006
- April 2010 - The Cloud Capped Star, Ritwik Ghatak, India 1960
- May 2010 - Salaam Bombay!, Mira Nair, India/France 1988
Asian Literary Evenings
The Noble Sage has hosted literary evenings highlighting Asian writers and poets. They include:
- Rohan Candappa
- Ardashir Vakil
- Jaishree Misra
- Kamila Shamsie
- Jeet Thayil
- Aamer Hussein
- Romesh Gunesekera
- Indian Art Since The Early 40s - A search For Identity, Cholamandal Artists' Handicrafts Association, Janatha Press, 1974
- Contemporary Indian Art, Glenbarra art Museum Collection, Japan, 1993
- Iromie Wijewardena Paintings, Gamini Jaisinghe, Sarvodaya Vishwa Lekha Publications, 2006
- Major Trends in Indian Art, Rm. Palaniappan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1997
Notes and references
- Shirlaw, Andrew (December 2006). "The draughtsman at the Noble Sage" (PDF). The Archer. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
- Manuelpillai, Jana (15 May 2006). "Indian art comes to London". Asians in Media. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
- "Desi DNA South Asian Art - Gallery owner Jana Manuelpillai". BBC Asian Network Desidna. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
- "Sri Lanka art exhibition in London". BBC Sinhala. 12 November 2007. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
- "The Noble Sage Art Gallery - Barnet, London Arts & Culture Reviews". TrustedPlaces. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
- The Saatchi Gallery. "The Noble Sage Art Gallery". Saatchi-gallery.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
- "Never alone but together@The Noble Sage Art Gallery | The Asian News - menmedia.co.uk". The Asian News. 2008-08-11. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
- "mattersofart: Priyantha Weerasurya's Solo at the Noble Sage". Mattersofart.blogspot.com. 2009-06-13. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
- "(AIM) Magazine | » Controversial Pakistani artist comes to London". Asians in Media. 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
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- "'The beating heart of Kerala'". Asian News. 21 January 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
- "The vibrant world of Asia". Hendon & Finchley Times. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
- "'Fire' To Screen At The Noble Sage Art Gallery As Part Of 'She India'". 4RFV. 14 September 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
- "A South Indian Storytelling Journey". ClickWalla. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
Artists shown in The Noble Sage Art Collection