• Sharmistha Ray in conversation with Rosalyn d’Mello at Bellevue Salons May 2016 edition “Body Politics” at Piramal Museum of Art.

    Image courtesy: Piramal Museum of Art: Himanshuu Chandrakant Sheth.
  • Sharmistha Ray in conversation with Rosalyn d’Mello at Bellevue Salons May 2016 edition “Body Politics” at Piramal Museum of Art.

    Image courtesy: Piramal Museum of Art: Himanshuu Chandrakant Sheth.
  • Sharmistha Ray in conversation with Rosalyn d’Mello at Bellevue Salons May 2016 edition “Body Politics” at Piramal Museum of Art.

    Image courtesy: Piramal Museum of Art: Himanshuu Chandrakant Sheth.
  • Sharmistha Ray in conversation with Rosalyn d’Mello at Bellevue Salons May 2016 edition “Body Politics” at Piramal Museum of Art.

    Image courtesy: Piramal Museum of Art: Himanshuu Chandrakant Sheth.
  • Sharmistha Ray in conversation with Rosalyn d’Mello at Bellevue Salons May 2016 edition “Body Politics” at Piramal Museum of Art.

    Image courtesy: Piramal Museum of Art: Himanshuu Chandrakant Sheth.
  • Sharmistha Ray in conversation with Rosalyn d’Mello at Bellevue Salons May 2016 edition “Body Politics” at Piramal Museum of Art.

    Image courtesy: Piramal Museum of Art: Himanshuu Chandrakant Sheth.
  • Sharmistha Ray in conversation with Rosalyn d’Mello at Bellevue Salons May 2016 edition “Body Politics” at Piramal Museum of Art.

    Image courtesy: Piramal Museum of Art: Himanshuu Chandrakant Sheth.
  • Sharmistha Ray in conversation with Rosalyn d’Mello at Bellevue Salons May 2016 edition “Body Politics” at Piramal Museum of Art.

    Image courtesy: Piramal Museum of Art: Himanshuu Chandrakant Sheth.
  • Sharmistha Ray in conversation with Rosalyn d’Mello at Bellevue Salons May 2016 edition “Body Politics” at Piramal Museum of Art.

    Image courtesy: Piramal Museum of Art: Himanshuu Chandrakant Sheth.

In 2014, Ray founded Bellevue Salons, a unique conversational platform. This mobile concept aims to integrate multidisciplinary art forms and augment participatory and collaborative modes of engagement with contemporary culture in surprising new ways. The salon brings together a host of exciting voices from across the world comprising artists, practitioners and curators from a broad spectrum of artistic and audience engagement in urban and non-urban spaces, with diverse perspectives on the visual arts as a medium of contemporary expression – one with continuing political, social and cultural agency in the South Asian region.

Ray started the salons out of her Mumbai studio as a way of engaging with a cross-section of cultural voices beyond the visual arts to open up possibilities of collaboration and exchange in an informal setting. Since its launch, Ray has hosted and co-hosted numerous salons in collaboration with musicians, writers, poets, thespians, culinary artists, the LGBT community etc., at venues in Mumbai, with an offsite in Goa earlier this year. In 2015, Bellevue Salons supported the global premier of TAPE, a controversial new play on gender and sexuality by a Mumbai-based theater company.