• 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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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