Sharan Seth is an avid collector of Fine Art & Collectibles, having strong conviction in the preservation & promotion of Culture & Heritage.
In his endeavour to preserve and promote history and the rich cultural heritage, he strives to build a new generation of art lovers, collectors and enthusiasts through series of initiative platforms he has launched. In 2009, Seth became in charge of creating an Art Bank for Copal , where he was involved in acquisitions and development of the collection, including acquiring of Indian masters and heritage works. In 2013, Seth continued his passion for Indian art and collectables, by starting a new enterprise – Conferro Auctions, a London based auction house.
In his spare time, Seth collects Indian artefacts. He shows his appreciation for the historical and cultural narrative of India, through one of his most treasured collections: old coins from the time of Akbar the Great, the third emperor of the Mughal Dynasty in India. For Seth, coins signify the ultimate representation of heritage being passed from hand-to-hand between generations. He built up this collection from the age of 14, after visiting antique shops and markets with his father.
A third generation collector, Seth was inspired by both his father’s and grandfather's collections, capturing the history and heritage of India, one of the world’s oldest civilisations. Seth is also an avid supporter of charity, contributing to the work of the Blind Relief Association - a school for the blind in New Delhi, India.
Born om 3rd May1950. Post Graduate in Fine Arts as well as in Inorganic Chemistry. Started career as Research Officer for Folk, Tribal and contemporary Arts at Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal (M.P.), India. Served Crafts Museum, New Delhi as Deputy Director (Design and Documentation) for more than twenty years. Nominated Member as folk & Tribal Art expert for Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2002 – 2007.
Provided consultancy services to TRIFED Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited for organizing exhibitions of tribal arts, for evaluation of art objects and as designer for conducting Design Development Workshops on tribal paintings. Associated with National Council of Educational Research and Training(N.C.E.R.T), New Delhi, Central Board of Secondery Education (CBSE), New Delhi, National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), New Delhi for development of books on Heritage Crafts of India for Secondary level students.
Associated with Council for Cultural Resources & Training (CCRT), New Delhi for Art & Craft teachers training. Researcher for project on the “Field Research for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage” organized by International Research Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in Asia-Pacific Region (Japan) under the auspices of UNESCO for the years 2011 and 2012. Extensive field work and documentation of tribal and folk arts of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Odisha. Published more than 200 articles on Tribal and Folk Arts.