• 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.

  • 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, …

  • 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 …

  • Theatre of the object in Sarbari Roy Choudhury’s bronze sculptures

    A solo exhibition of Sarbari Roy Choudhury’s bronze sculptures explores the human body in its flesh and bone, its crumpled forms and its steady pace. What makes the body into a sculpture? What makes the sculpture into a body? Can we seek memories as we sculpt bodies? Can we see an image of our body …

  • Dharmendra Prasad: In search of Borderless Utopia

    Dharmendra Prasad’s new mixed-media installation, spread over the wall and floor, resembles an agrarian setting as the Assam-based artist uses large amounts of crop residue in his work. Books are scattered all over the installation. A video monitor, showing an agricultural field, is placed inside a box, which is also covered in crop residue. At …

  • Sentinels of Belonging – Tales from Our Lands

    The recent group show A-PART: Stories of Lands and Lines at Akar Prakar Contemporary, New Delhi showcases the works of eight artists from the North East India including the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura. Curated by the Pranamita B and Vikash N Kumar of the Zero Gravity Collective, the show comprises of the …

  • Un | Metalwork | 16 x 16 x 12" | 2017

    Noah’s Ark – Exploring an Allegory of Home

    As one enters the black and white spaces where Prithpal S Ladi’s work is being shown – one is struck with an overwhelming sensation of unfamiliarity. Even as an art-enthusiast who has followed up on his work earlier, ‘Noah’s Ark’ destabilizes one’s familiar ideas – of abode, of home, of the outside. Born in Shillong, …

  • Piyali Sadhukhan on women, motifs and instruments

    Is there a common thread connecting this show to your previous work or did it just occur to you at some point? I have worked 8 months for this show. Over these months the medium has transformed, images have altered, thoughts have evolved. If I think about a thread or a beginning, then it travels …

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