• 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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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • artVarta Research and Publishing Grant

    Open Call: Second edition of ‘artVarta Research and Publishing Grant’

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

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  • Natvar Bhavsar, Vanaraavan, 1991, painting on canvas

    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.

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  • “I try to paint a land that is my own”— Ganesh Haloi’s memorable quotes on painting

    Ganesh Haloi is one of India’s foremost abstract painters. He is widely credited for his contribution to modern art in the subcontinent. His vocabulary combines influences from his deep study of the traditional Ajanta murals, along with a painstaking exploration of minimalist and non-representational forms that stand out for their modernist character. He was born …

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  • 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, …

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  • ‘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, …

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