Bridge Archives

Perspectives on modern and contemporary Indian art, artists, curators and collectors.
  • 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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  • Somnath Hore: Wounds

    Somnath Hore  Wounds: An Exploration   Publisher: Art1st in collaboration with Akar Prakar The Series Conceptualizer: Ritu Khoda Writer: Likla Illustrator Kripa who worked with Designer and artist Shambhavi Thakur  Research and images sourced from Akar Prakar, that are also co-publishers with Art1st publication.  The idea of the wound is universal and any child who has …

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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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  • Through the Eyes of the Curator

    In the second installment on sculptor Meera Mukherjee, the co-curator Dr. Georg Lechner writes to us about his experience of putting up the show in 2012 and his memories of Meera as an artist. Dr. Lechner also co organised Meera’s show in Mumbai held at Jehangir Art Gallery in 1983, under the aegis of the …

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  • In the Hands of a Woman

    Remembering artist-sculptor Meera Mukherjee Georgina Maddox  What does it feel like to be an Asian woman sculptor at a time when the pedestal was dominated by the male vision and the male voice? In the first part of this essay we are dedicating a brief introduction to Meera’s work, the exhibition and an overview of …

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  • Meeting the metaphors

    Having visited the exhibition showcasing Manish Pushkale’s most recent work, in his solo show, Tracing the Cartographer’s Trail at Akar Prakar, one delineates the experience of being in their physical presence. Artist Manish Pushkale at work in his studio 2021 In April during that brief time that the galleries were open and one was able [...] More
  • Art Rises for India – Artothropy at its best

    Saffronart will host a 24-hour online Covid- 19 Relief Fundraiser Auction – ‘Art Rises for India’ on 19-20 May 2021, with over 100 artworks donated by the Indian art community. In view of the raging Covid-19 epidemic affecting India and the world at large, this is a timely initiative wherein all proceeds of this no …

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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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