Art is beauty and we at The Leela understand the emotions that beauty and art can evoke. Be it a sculpture in a hallway, the carving on a staircase, the coloured marble inlays on a ceiling panel, or traditional paintings on the walls, each of these elements has been specially curated to leave you with a sense of awe-inspiring wonder. Discover an exquisite collection of Indian art forms, spiritually inspired installations, larger-than-life paintings, striking sculptures and much more, each harnessing different mediums and sensibilities. The Leela is committed to celebrating the finest artists of India with the same enthusiasm for fostering emerging talent on the threshold of their journey. Our collection of art is a gift of ultimate luxury to our country and to our guests. Created by renowned Indian artists, each of our exquisite art pieces has a story to tell. Enjoy them, as it is a Leela vestige that will stay with you even after you’ve checked out.
With one of the finest and fastest-growing collections of contemporary art and revived artisan craft, art at The Leela chronicles ancient and modern Indian narratives, by Indian artists who have created works that have found their way into private collections in prominent museums around the world. The art across the hotels reflects the continuous ethos and aesthetic sensibility that the group has nurtured over the years.
Walk into any one of our properties and your eyes will be taking in the beauty that moves you, one loving detail at a time. Enter the lobby area of The Leela in the bustling city of New Delhi and one of the several things you will register is the gleaming marble floor polished to a mirror shine. Stroll the grounds outside The Leela Goa and you will notice how perfectly the setting sun offsets the warm, rough red walls. Walk anywhere inside The Leela Palace Bengaluru and acknowledge the grandeur of the impossibly high arched ceilings and the intricacies of the delicately carved walls. Observe not just the wonder of your surroundings but your own personal, almost immediate reaction to them. If there is one thing that stands out about every Leela, it is the unerring knack in eliciting a reaction of wonder. Their effect on your sensibility is five-pronged and absolutely direct.
This is why, when you’re at a Leela property, you’re not just in a hotel. You’re in an enchanted castle of breathtaking beauty that lies not in the colour of your bed linen and in the gleam of a mahogany conference table. This is a beauty deeply ingrained in the small details. The beauty of a sculpture in a hallway, the carving on a staircase, the coloured-marble inlays on a ceiling panel, a watercolour on a wall, even the solid brass candlesticks in the bathroom suite. A Leela hotel is more than just a house of pretty things. It’s a mansion of art. It is an abstract brought together in a physical space.
Each Leela property is married to the culture of the state that it inhabits. After painstaking research about the art culture of the state and based on that research each piece of art that fits within the theme is carefully procured.
Take for instance The Leela in Udaipur that brings to life the ancient art and craftsmanship of Mewar. In the making of this Kohinoor from The Leela treasury, dedicated craftsmen worked to give an ancient regal look to the interiors of the hotel. Forgotten Indian crafts like Tarkashi work, Tekhri and Bidri were placed at a place of prominence in an effort to preserve Indian tradition.
At The Leela Palace New Delhi, Satish Gupta created two murals of the lotus flower using three metals – copper, pewter and gold. This was in keeping with the theme for The Leela Palace New Delhi - Let a thousand lotuses bloom. The theme was also a part of the Lobby design where lotus-shaped bridges arch artistically over water ponds. Other noteworthy art includes a 16-foot Goddess Devi fashioned from bronze also by Satish Gupta. Subhash Awchat was commissioned by The Leela and came up with a magnificent Parampara series.
A common thread runs smoothly and seamlessly through all our properties, though the regions they inhabit are all different, every Leela is a flawless play in total harmony - a harmony of the traditional with the contemporary, the global swish with the slow-moving pace of a plucked tanpura string, the shiny functionality with the deeply beautiful ornament. Each Leela property in the country today stands tall and gracious, unique and unmatched – a dedicated tribute to its proud lineage through a compelling story told through its art.