The vanished 'Flying Apsara' and Indian Art

The downward spiral of Air India from the heights of its glory is too familiar a story nowadays. The fate of the art collection of Air India, however, is one of the least known features of the beleaguered national carrier. Known for many first to its credit in aviation Air-India is also having the distinction of owning one of the richest Indian Art collections in the world. Ironically, the world came to know about Air-India's art collection in unsavory circumstances. Reports in the media in 2017 have indicated that paintings and artworks estimated to be worth Rs 7.5 billion (750 cr) were missing from the Air-India collection. In response to the media reports, Air-India in a statement said "As regards the painting mentioned... the matter is being inquired into and details should also be available shortly."


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