Prameya Art Foundation is an initiative to support experimental practices as well as encourage trans-disciplinary collaborations. Prameya, meaning knowledge in Sanskrit is indicative of the Foundation’s approach to the arts as a discursive space, and dialogue as its future. Conceived as a not-for-profit platform, the foundation is driven by the idea that for a sustainable arts context, it is important to invest in artistic research, curatorial projects, public art initiatives, social practice, collaborations and residencies. It aims to build a strong base for contemporary art practice and develop national and international strategic partnerships for supporting artists and their work.

The objectives of the foundation include building new audiences through art education programs and innovative exhibitions. The foundation is designed to imagine new directions through commitments to local contexts without emphasis on production or the ultimate commodity. PRAF will be a link between the arts and the social space.

Prameya Art Foundation is conceptualized by Anahita Taneja and Shefali Somani who have been committed to contemporary art in South Asia. Since 2008 they have been supporting and nurturing experimental practices through their gallery initiative Shrine Empire. Over the years Shrine Empire has become one of the leading contemporary art spaces in New Delhi.


Anahita Taneja

Founder & Chairperson

Shefali Somani

Founder & Vice-Chairperson

Anushka Rajendran

Associate Curator

advisory board

Meena Vari

Dean, School of Media Arts and Science / Dean, Contemporary Arts and Curatorial Practices, Srishti School of Art Design and Technology

Nancy Adajania

Cultural Theorist and Curator

Sabih Ahmed

Independent Researcher & Curator