Author Archives: Shaista Anwar

  • Krishna on a swing made of Gopinis | Nabanarir Dola | 28 x 38.5 cm

    Battala in the Collection of Akar Prakar

    Bengal served the independence movement and was the centre of social, cultural, intellectual, artistic and philosophical movements that spanned the 18th and 19th centuries. Calcutta (present-day Kolkata) used to be the capital of India during this period under the British Raj. There are many kinds of art that helps us in understanding the city’s significance …

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  • Debanjan Roy’s ‘Gandhi’

    Sinister turns sublime, deceit, innocent. The victims themselves are charmed by the perpetrators. Standing on its tail, its forked tongue flicking, the post-truth poem would hiss sweet nothings into thin air. Durga Prasad Panda, 2021   Living in an era of speed in the digital age, sculptor Debanjan Roy’s work assumes significance and demands close …

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  • S. H. Raza’s 99th Birth Anniversary Special: Reena Lath in conversation with Ashok Vajpeyi

    Today, we celebrate the 99th birth anniversary of S. H. Raza. In this conversation, Akar Prakar Director Reena Lath talks to Ashok Vajpeyi, Managing Trustee, Raza Foundation, about his relationship with S. H. Raza and the various influences on the master’s art, including music, dance and poetry. “In his way of thinking, colours were not …

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  • Ashok Vajpeyi on S. H. Raza’s ‘Kundalini’

    In this video, Ashok Vajpeyi, the Managing Trustee of Raza Foundation and a close aide of the late master, talks about one of the most famous works by S. H. Raza, Kundalini. S. H. Raza: Dance of the Elements in collaboration with The Raza Foundation, with text by the poet, translator, curator and author Ranjit …

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  • Sculptures by Sarbari Roy Choudhury – Exhibition Walkthrough with Reena Lath

    Exhibition Walkthrough with Reena Lath, Director, Akar Prakar Sarbari Roy Choudhury’s strength lies not in shaking up our conception of art or sculpture, but in carrying its known possibilities to a level of perfection and subtlety so rare that it assumes an aura of uniqueness. This makes him stand out not only among his contemporaries, …

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