Utsava Kasera is a successful entrepreneur and investor with interests in the fashion industry, luxury brands, tech start ups and chemicals. He did his Masters in International Business at the University of Edinburgh in 2007-08 and then made a successful career in sourcing in the detergent industry. He has lived in UK, India, Switzerland, Singapore and Germany and has more than a decade of experience in international business.
Always on lookout for interesting projects and believing in providing opportunities and platforms to young talent, he’s delighted to have joined as one of the patrons for START.
I am delighted to be a patron and a part of an annual art event such as START art fair as it is one of a kind in today's global art market which produces art fairs and art events almost daily; support and patronage of emerging artists is something I believe is much needed in today’s art world. The START Art Patronage I'm involved with is both innovative and pioneering as it offers a much needed support and infrastructure behind artistic talent. I think the importance of supporting and promoting of the creative industry is crucial for its biggest and long lasting success and I am looking forward to this year particularly as the Indian fashion designers Shantanu and Nikhil will be showcasing their A/W line Independence at Saatchi Gallery during START Art Fair. With the support from His Excellency Y. K Sinha, High Commissioner of India of this fashion show, I believe this showcase will make this year's START particularly exceptional. The Independence line is inspired by three key factors of freedom: to choose, to live and to call oneself a proud citizen which I feel is something I have a personal connection to, as my Indian heritage is a core part of my identity. Modern India has developed at an incredible rate and this is something that I want to support in sharing with the rest of the world, especially through the unique and bold designs of Shantanu and Nikhil.
Last year the Indian and U.K. government announced 2017 as the UK-India Year of Culture, this was a year-long program celebrating the 70th anniversary of Indian independence which provided opportunity to increase economic and cultural ties between India and the UK. I wanted to take initiative forward, in my small way, by partnering and supporting a very talented British artist Lauren Baker. Through the arts, I think there is space to explore and nurture important relations between different cultures and worlds that often do not get the chance to cross over and collaborate. To be a patron and to see the growth and development of the talented people who work with START has been a very gratifying experience that enrichens my understanding and love for the art that comes out of it.