Madhuri Murli releases Teri Deewani-Nachdi Phira mashup from California


This week, Madhuri Murli has released a new music video; a mashup of Bollywood numbers namely Kailash Kher’s Teri Deewani and Meghna Mishra’s Nachdi Phira from the Aamir Khan film Secret Superstar. Madhuri has re-rendered the famous numbers, while the video has performances by her, along with members of her dance group Flute Theory.

A multi-faceted personality, Madhuri is a computer science engineer by degree, product marketing manager by profession at a tech company in Silicon Valley, singer, composer, writer, lyricist, choreographer, founder and creative director of the philanthropic platform Flute Theory — all rolled into one.

“It’s a three-girl video with lots of vigorous yet graceful dancing,” she informs. “The theme is semi-folk with a Bollywood twist.” Based in San Francisco, California, Madhuri considers the songs Teri Deewani and Nachdi Phira as her biggest inspirations as a singer and dancer. She believes both the songs, along with the gripping lyrics, convey deep passion as an artist.

She says, “The singers Kailash Kher and Meghna Mishra have done supreme justice to the masterpieces and my music video is a humble tribute to both songs.” Sounds interesting. Let’s see how well it manages to enthrall us.

For the record, this is Madhuri’s sixth music video and second mashup. She has released four original compositions in the past. One of her original compositions, Tera Khuda, has been ranking in Top 10 on MuSlate for over 16 weeks!

15 Year Old, Worth Estimated £1.5 Million, Auctions Exclusive World-Record Breaking Chelsea Flower Show Artwork for Wessex Cancer Trust

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The auction for special edition pieces of artwork from the RHS 2018 Chelsea Flower Show is now live.

The world-famous flower show took place in May and at the heart of the Great Pavilion sat “mini-Monet”, Kieron Williamson, a 15 year old art phenomenon whose work has sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds, despite his young age.

Kieron is one of the world’s most sought after professional young artists with a global waiting list of art enthusiasts that eagerly look forward to his next masterpiece. His first painting sold for a phenomenal £14,000 when he was just six years old; he has gained media attention around the world and his work has been secured for many prestigious private collections, including Royalty.

Kieron latest masterpieces were created at the Chelsea Flower Show having been commissioned by Hillier Nurseries to capture scenes from its “Stihl Inspiration” garden. He gained attention from many high-profile people at the show, and subsequently since.

Hillier, which holds the world record for having the most consecutive gold medals in the history of the show, received its 73rd gold medal at this year’s Chelsea and has now launched the auction to raise proceeds for its charity partner, Wessex Cancer Trust.

Kieron has created two paintings for the auction – “Lupins at Chelsea” and “Blue Waves and Goldrush”. Each piece has been valued, and bidding starts at £3,995.

Discussing the partnership with Hillier, Kieron commented: “Working with Hillier has been fantastic. I was so inspired by the Stihl Inspiration garden that it was hard to choose what to paint! I chose to paint the area that had the most colour diversity. I love painting the outdoors and nature scenes so being part of the Chelsea Flower Show was an experience I’m never going to forget!”

George Hillier, one of the fifth generation of Hillier family members to be involved in the business, said: “Kieron is such an amazing talent. It was fascinating watching him painting at the show, he certainly pulled in a crowd and people were amazed by him. We’re delighted to be working with Kieron to offer people the chance to own his next piece of artwork, not to mention something from the Chelsea Flower Show gold medal world record holders!”

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India And Iceland Will Work Together to Promote Art and Culture

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ICMEI- International Chamber of Media And Entertainment Industry created a new chapter in the history of India and Iceland relationship by forming the first ever Indo Iceland Film And Cultural Forum at New Delhi.

H.E. Thorir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland to India, launched the forum in a grand function at New Delhi. “What a pleasure to do something which has never ever taken place earlier-this time this forum has been created to promote and develop the relations between two countries through art and culture. I wish ICMEI all the best and I am sure we will be able to do something extra ordinary in a short period of time,” said Ambassador Thorir Ibsen.

Iceland and India established diplomatic relations in 1972. At that time the embassy of Iceland in London, United Kingdom was accredited to India and the embassy of Indiain Oslo, Norway, was accredited to Iceland. Embassies were established in New Delhiin 2005 and in Reykjavik in 2006.

“It is a great opportunity to work with the Embassy here and promote arts and crafts of each other which also includes cinema now. We have already organized a festival of films from Iceland earlier. A special road show was also organized on the tourism of Iceland. H.E. Thorir Ibsen is also the member of International Film And Television Club of AAFT. We are looking much ahead of this now,” said Sandeep Marwah, President of Marwah Studios.

Sandeep Marwah presented the Patron ship of Indo Iceland Film and Cultural Forum to H.E. Thorir Ibsen and the Ambassador honored and nominated Sandeep Marwah as the honorary Chairperson of the Forum.

Recently Akshay Marwah of Asian Education Group and a member of ICMEI visited Iceland to study more about Iceland and its culture.

H.E. Thorir Ibsen is Ambassador of Iceland to India with accreditation to BangladeshMalaysiaMaldivesMauritiusNepalSeychellesSouth Africa and Sri Lanka.  Earlier he was Ambassador of Iceland to the European Union and Belgium with accreditation to Luxembourgthe Netherlands and Switzerland.

Sandeep Marwah is five times World Record Holder in Media and is the founder of Noida Film City. He is one of the most respected persons of Indian film, television and media Industry. His contribution in developing foreign relations of India with rest of the World is commendable.

Exclusive: Today, 9 December 2017, Artprice Confirms that the Acquisition of Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi Involved Geopolitical Mediation and that the Vatican Museums Did Indeed Study the Offer


Artprice confirms the contents of its press release of 8 December and, today (9 December), adds further explanations concerning this historic sale:

Artprice Exclusive – Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi at the Louvre Abu Dhabi is likely the result of a geopolitical mediation, involving Anglo-Saxon investment funds, financial firewalls and Mohammad Bin Salman (the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia), who actually bridled the final price paid. The artwork is apparently being insured for around 700 million dollars.

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In June 2017Saudi Arabia and its allies, including the United Arab Emirates, broke off all diplomatic ties with Qatar, which in recents years has established itself as a leading force on the global art market via the Qatar Museum Authority (Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani).

Meanwhile, in accordance with standard practice, the Vatican Museums (12 in total) extensively studied the Salvator Mundi opportunity and particularly how to interpret Da Vinci’s Christ iconography.

The series of differents communiqués on the subject by the different protagonists in the sale – each contradicting the previous one – suggests that the painting is theologically explosive, and it is clear that, in the end, the different protagonists preferred to avoid the topic, considering the theological “hotness” as potentially damaging to the success of the sale.

The Salvator Mundi painting may also offend Saudi sensibilities: human portraits and especially portraits of religious figures are forbidden under the strict Saudi brand of Islam, and this one raises particular issues because it depicts Jesus as “Savior of the World” (dixit The New York Times).

In the past, the Vatican Museums always had a clear right to examine, validate and, where appropriate, acquire historical artworks that played a significant role in the propagation of the Christian faith. Although this RC monopoly has gradually receded, it remains valid in the 21st century for all major work of art that depict the symbols of the Christian faith; and the Jesus Christ painted by Leonardo Da Vinci as “Savior of the World” is naturally one such representation.

Artprice can therefore confirm that the sale of the Da Vinci’s « Salvator Mundi » did indeed involve geo-political mediation as well as diplomatic management of its religious and theological implications. The final outcome, with the painting being exhibited at the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, is therefore the result of all these factors and the insured value of the artwork at 700 million dollars most likely corresponds perfectly to the painting’s value in a Museum Industry ® context.

For further information, read our 7 Dec. 2017 release

News of Da Vincis Salvator Mundi being exhibited at the Abu Dhabi Louvre and soon at the Paris Louvre entirely endorses Artprices Museum Industry®

Having provided an exclusive explanation of the sophisticated financial arrangements behind the recent acquisition of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi an explanation that was picked up by Agence France Presse today, Artprice has highlighted a highly sophisticated economic model.

The arrangements for the acquisition of the Da Vinci masterpiece correspond perfectly to the Museum Industry® model that Artprice conceptualized in 2005 and has taught ever since.

According to thierry Ehrmann, All the of the worlds major museums hold accounts with Artprice, including of course the Louvre. The United Arab Emirates, with its capital Abu Dhabi, is one of the  top 10 most active countries accessing Artprices databases…

Here’s the deal: the Paris Louvre sells a “Louvre” franchise to Abu Dhabi until 2037. The latter pays a total of 400 million euros to the Paris Louvre for the right to use the Louvre name. The latter, accompanied by 13 French museums, convenants to lend artworks to Abu Dhabi – 10 museums have already lent more than 350 artworks.

These arrangements shows the Museum Industry® collaborating within a network, using investment vehicles and complex legal structures.

They unambiguously prove the emergence in the twenty-first century of a new economic sector – the Museum Industry® – exactly as Artprice described it back in 2005.

In short, we have a classic business model with inflows (ticketing and derivative income) and outflows – operating license costs plus acquisition costs… in this case, the price of Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, a price predicted by Artprice three months prior to its sale.

The 450 million dollars paid for the painting is the result of an intelligent investment decision based on the Louvre museum’s annual operating income (ebitda) and not on some wild extravagance. Those who believe it is the latter have failed to understand that the Museum Industry® is now the principal structure of the global art market.

This structure is driving art prices up by creating scarcity on the three principal segments of the Art Market: Old Masters, Modern Art and Contemporary Art, and we see that within this industry configuration, the resale of a “major tangible asset” can have an immediate impact on ticket revenue.

Artprice – which will be launching its own museum ranking index (Artmuseum100®) in early 2018 – highlights the transformation of museums, whose clientele has grown tenfold in the last 30 years.

Artprice and its econometrics department has been collaborating with Twitter for two years on a giant sample of 39 million identified followers with links to the world’s 100 principal Fine Art museums.

According to thierry Ehrmann, This massive expansion of the global Museum Industry® goes hand-in-hand with a major soft-power competition between the world’s nations, particularly its major powers (China / US) and the Gulf States. Indeed, soft-power rivalry is leading the art market inexorably towards spectacular new auction results. In our well-documented view, we are likely to see results around the billion dollar threshold by 2020.

As the world leader in Art Market information, Artprice can only benefit from this growth of the Art Market, driven essentially by the increasing power of the  Museum Industry®.

For a reminder of the Museum Industry® conceptualized by Artprice, please read this press release: