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It’s his ‘traditional meets future sculptor’ creations that have rocketed artist Arzan Khambatta high above the crowd. One of the most loved sculptors of present India, his works have been recognised worldwide. Continuing to create new paradigms, Arzan Khambatta is now a part of HEFTY ecosystem. With this association, he joins the league of celebrated names from the field of art, culture, sports, and entertainment in the metaverse via HEFTY ART.
As part of the association, Arzan and Hefty will work together to create a limited-edition collection themed around India’s very-first aircraft carrier – the iconic INS Vikrant. The maritime warship holds a special place in the hearts of all Indians as it was the hero of the 1971 war between India and Pakistan.
Many breathed a sigh of relief when the metal of the ship, sent to the scrapyard, was bought by crew members and Arzan had been commissioned to create a tribute to it, which still stands in Mumbai today.
Khambatta’s entry into the metaverse with Hefty Art — an initiative of Polygon, the leading platform for Ethereum scaling and infrastructure development, along with Hindustan Talkies, a new-age media content company transforming entertainment across esports, games and blockchain technology and Hungama, one of the largest digital media entertainment companies in South Asia — will ensure the availability of some of his rare artworks for purchase as digital collectibles in the form of utility based NFTs.
Along with having Khambatta on board, Hefty Art’s much awaited auction for the MF Husain’s art piece ‘Fury’ will kick-off around the second week of May. It will be the first-of-its-kind ‘phygital’ auction for an artwork by the master, who is also known as ‘The Barefoot Picasso’. This will be followed by the foray of all Hefty Certified Artists into the Hefty Metaverse. This ever-growing association with varied creative geniuses establishes Hefty Art as a comprehensive NFT marketplace that helps create an inclusive space for all forms of art on the blockchain.
Speaking on the partnership, Neeraj Roy, Managing Director – Hungama, said, “It’s an honour to be associated with an artist like Arzan Khambatta. This is yet another huge step, after collaboration with MF Husain through his family, that will enrich the Hefty metaverse.”
Ashish Chowdhry – Co-Founder, Hindustan Talkies, on his part, added, “We, Deepa Pardasany and I, are happy and proud to bring a sculptor of Arzan’s calibre onto our roster. With Arzan Khambatta joining in, our world only gets better and more beautiful.”
Excited about his metaverse debut, artist Arzan Khambatta shared, “With changing times and booming online world, the metaverse is our future. Being able to be a part of that immersive world, I am very happy to showcase my artwork in a different realm altogether. This is going to be a new experience and learning for me that I am looking forward to. I am thankful to Hefty Art and excited for this tribute to the INS Vikrant.”