• artVarta Publishing Grant 2021: Song of the River – Curating Music, Memory and Modernity

    Scanning across 8,000 hours of digitized Hindustani music at the Archive of North India Classical Music, Jadavpur University, the artVarta project proposes to curate an online exhibition where audio artifacts bearing the palimpsestic historicity of the ‘Ganga-Jamuna Tehzeeb’ will be presented with all its interconnections through songs of the river, namely the representative Thumri, Dadra, Ghato, Sawan, Jhoola, Kajri and more, with the river as the subject, and sung by women artists of the early and middle twentieth century.

  • artVarta Research Grant 2021: Readers Write : Translating the Modern Art debate in ‘Kumar’

    Trained as a visual artist with a practice involving illustrating for children’s books and magazines, I pursued my Ph.D. thesis on the images of (and for) children in Gujarati print material from the early 20th century. It was during the course of this research that I first came across Kumar, a monthly cultural Gujarati periodical started in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, in 1924.

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    Abstracting Colour: Natvar Bhavsar

    Natvar Bhavsar’s paintings do not reflect our immediate realities or matters of the physical world, as we know it. And yet, viewing his paintings, despite the lack of representational forms, is an intense visual experience.

  • In Conversation with Jayashree Chakravarty

    Jayashree Chakravarty’s drawings, paintings, paper scrolls, and life-size installations revolve around the withering relationship of nature and humankind. Her life-long proximity to nature and its vagaries have shaped her practice as an artist. She owes this connection to her growing up years in the hilly state of Tripura, and her exposure to life at Santiniketan, …

  • ‘Sightings: Out of the Wild’ – Rescuing earthly existence from extinction

    “Was he an animal, that music could move him so?” – The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka. Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Noida, has curated a group show, Sightings: Out of the Wild, featuring the works of over forty modern and contemporary  artists, such as M. F. Husain, K. G. Subramanyan, Jamini Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, Jayashree Chakravarty, …

  • First edition of ‘artVarta Research and Publishing Grant’ announced

    We are excited to announce the first edition of Akar Prakar’s ‘artVarta Research and Publishing Grant’. The Grant is conceptualised to support the work and research of emerging scholars, curators and artists who are innovatively thinking about the book-form and ways of publishing, including self-publishing. It is being awarded to emerging researchers and publishers with …

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    Wahida Ahmed: Signs of a Troubled Terrain

    Poetry and land play a major role in the art of Wahida Ahmed, who problematises the meaning of identity in her practice, and highlights the collective amnesia of the Assamese people. Born in Nazira town of Sivasagar district in Assam, Ahmed studied painting at the Guwahati Artists’ Guild. Other than art, she has studied science, …

  • Debanjan Roy and the Many Mahatmas: The Making and Unmaking of a Kitsch

    The image of Gandhi, with its abundant and recurrent presence in the public domain, such as currency notes and government billboards, fails to strike us as uniquely intriguing very often. But the current political climate makes a pressing case for revisiting Gandhi’s ideals anew. In this context, Debanjan Roy makes it possible to visually multiply …

  • Debasish Mukherjee: Fabric as Memory

    In his second solo at Akar Prakar Contemporary, Debasish Mukherjee meditates upon a history of personal memories that are woven together in fabric, his primary medium for the exhibition. Titled ‘River Song’, the show puts together abstract and figurative forms created out of fabric, along with the use of allied materials such as embroidery, beads and thread. …

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