‘Art be a Part’ is a community passionate about art and driven by purpose. A community that comes together to support artists and contribute to the causes that need our most urgent attention.

Why Art?

Art is a form of expression and every person has an artist inside of them. Those with skill and talent create pieces of value that are sought after by collectors and connoisseurs. The best forms of art are those that are inspired by a muse, to which the work is dedicated – be it the beauty in nature, in human form or in the laughter of a child.

“You live in my heart where no one sees you but I do. That vision becomes this art.”
RUMI

The creator and the collector come together to form an invisible bond. There is power in this connection. Let’s use this power towards a purpose. Let’s come together to protect and preserve what we are passionate about, to restore balance where it has been lost, to build a better future.

The more people are a part of this platform, the more impact we will have. When we work together as a community, we can make a change.

What is the change we are looking for?

  • We want to ensure that people have access to basic facilities such as sanitary living conditions, access to health, education and nutrition.

  • We want to provide help where it is needed most urgently such as in areas that are under distress due to natural or man-made disaster.

  • We want to focus on the most vulnerable segment of living beings that cannot speak out for themselves – the children and the animals.

  • We want to protect our biodiversity and fragile ecosystem by supporting causes that help to conserve or restore the natural balances.

About The Founder

Medha Nanda | Founder

“I feel a sense of responsibility in helping to make the world a better place. Rather than complain about what is wrong, I believe that we are all given unique talents and opportunities to improve situations and circumstances. If we all come together to contribute even in a small way, we can make a huge difference.”

Medha Nanda has always been interested in art and design. Ask any old teacher and they will fondly remember reprimanding her for always doodling and drawing in her school books. Medha studied design at Pearl Academy, Delhi and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, before starting her own private fashion label where her clientele included film stars, business and political leaders. She shut down the fashion business on relocating to Dubai and took up painting more seriously.

Our Team

Ratika van Noord Bhatnagar
Content & Communication
“As an artist, my medium of expression is words. I paint with them, I play with them, I make music with them. Words that can make you feel joy or pain, fear or wonder. Words that can make you see a whole new world that doesn’t exist, except when you close your eyes and open your mind.”

Ratika van Noord is the co-Founder of Pilcrow Communications and the author of “Planet B – making of MITRA”, a science-fiction, adventure novel for children of reading age 8-12 years, with some relevant messages for the future and present generation.

At Art be a Part she curates the content and event experiences, to ensure they are in line with the vision and purpose of the platform.
Camila Asenjo
Director of Operations
Camila comes from a mixed background of experiences including hospitality, fashion and public relations. Having studied Psychology and Business Management, she thrives in creating connections and putting her creative mind in action.

Chimoo Acharya

Event Planner

Chimoo’s exceptional event planning talents take center stage at Art Be a Part, where she seamlessly melds her deep-rooted passion for meaningful occasions.

Within just a year after arriving in Dubai in 1998, she became the Marketing & Advertising Head at the Landmark Group under the mentorship of Mickey Jagtiani. Recognizing Dubai’s potential as a thriving economy with a significant Indian expatriate community, she founded L’atitude Events in 2006, known for spectacular Broadway-style musical productions.

Chimoo’s career boasts accolades, such as being named one of the top 100 Women achievers in the Middle East and Africa in 2016. She’s also featured among ITP’s top 75 UAE influencers in 2019 and Gulf News’ top 50 women achievers and influencers in 2022. L’atitude Events not only hosts exceptional Asian events but also manages intellectual properties for global leaders, establishing Chimoo as a luminary in the entertainment industry.

Gaurav Tiwari

Marketing

With a passion for innovation and a wealth of marketing experience, Gaurav has been spearheading the marketing efforts for “Art Be a Part” effortlessly. His strategic foresight and focused marketing approach amplify the impact of art, spreading its influence far and wide, while also providing support for artists and urgent causes.

Advisory Board

Namrata Shroff

Designer, Art Enthusiast and Philanthropist

“I believe in living many lives, within one lifetime. For that you have to live life by design.”

An accomplished interior architect, furniture designer, and avid art enthusiast, Namrata Shroff is a powerhouse of talent, grace, and wisdom. She is the founder of NVSdesign, co-founder of Powna Sake, serves on the committee board of YPO and supports public speaking through speech coaches & TED. Her past successful career in Indian media includes over 100 ads & 10 TV shows. 

Namrata is a specialist in the design of childhood spaces and uplifts artists and children through philanthropy, inspiring others by her impactful work.

Ashish Mehta

Lawyer

Ashish Mehta is the first licensed, independent Indian lawyer in Dubai. The founder and managing partner of the multi-jurisdictional law practice ASHISH MEHTA ASSOCIATES, he has a list of clients that is is both impressive and diverse. His firm operates in the UAE, India and the UK, representing multinationals, regional and local corporates, ultra-high net worth individuals, and more. 

Having nearly 30 years of professional experience, Ashish provides expert analysis and counseling on various legal matters. Most notably and despite his busy schedule, he dedicates time for pro-bono work to help the underprivileged.

Neel Shukla

Art Advisor/Curator

Neel developed a deep appreciation and understanding of art from a very young age, under the influence of his renowned artist father, Ramesh Shukla. Neel was actively involved in the running of Neel Kamal Studio, a gallery started by his parents in the mid 1970s in Dubai, and today he carries on the family legacy with his own work. 

His first art gallery, the Orient Art Gallery, introduced the first museum boutique of the Louvre in the region. Since then, Neel has added a picture framing division, an art studio and has developed his passion as a sculptor. He designs commissioned sculptures for hotels, hospitals, and private residences and is constantly experimenting with various media and techniques to discover unique concepts. 

Neel is respected as a prominent spokesperson in the arts and the community, actively participating in charitable events, such as his recent 12-month involvement with Humanity Inspired by Dubai Cares, a Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiative project.