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Editorial

admin Oct 3rd, 2017
Editorial
We enter the month of October still feeling the electric energy of Durga Puja and Dussehra celebrations in the air, and the cool nights of autumn to look forward to and of course the blissful celebration of light, Diwali which will be fervently celebrated by the nation in coming weeks. In our October issue we cover... 
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Cover Story

admin Oct 3rd, 2017
Cover Story
Illustration In Conversation with British Illustrator – Ian Miller Indira Lakshmi Prasad My mother worked for a company called Simmons in the 1950’s which was based in Covent Garden (London) and was perhaps one of the biggest theatrical milliners and were responsible for dressing actors in all the big films.... 
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Interview

admin Oct 3rd, 2017
Interview
The Information Age An interview with Xu Zhen Rajesh Punj Entrepreneurship is the best form of practice to create profit, and the profits from the brand Xu Zhen and MadeIn company are channeled back into art to make it bigger. All of the meaning of our work is built on this basis. I don’t have any restrictions... 
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Essay

admin Oct 3rd, 2017
Essay
Recollections of a journey For a Beautiful World Dhiraj Choudhury “I do not want to die in this wonderful world, I’d like to live among people” – thought from a poet. No one can stop time or touch it; it flows like a river and does not come back, I become older and older, crossing 81. Last year... 
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Report

admin Oct 3rd, 2017
Report
Whispering Torsos – Loud Motion SANGEETA KUMARI Torsos communicate the physical and mental being of a woman, of substance which she carries in the aura of her personality with esteem. In the anatomy of a woman the torso is the most vital part that cages emotions, sensuality, sensitivities and is probably... 
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Review

admin Oct 3rd, 2017
Review
Delhi A TEMPORARY MUSEUM OF OUR TIMES AND IDEAS Dhritabrata Bhattacharjya Tato ‘Permitted’ and ‘prohibited’ are two sides of the same coin. They switch over from one side to the other with the change of location – both politcal and geographic. CONTRABANNED: Provocations of Our Times comes at the opportune... 
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Review

admin Oct 3rd, 2017
Review
Kolkata Between Method and Material: The Shifting Shape of Pedagogy Sampurna Chakraborty “The reason why art practice changes is not far to seek. Whatever its position in the hierarchy of activities in a society, art practice is a part of its culture complex and is tied to it with physical and psychological correlatives.... 
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Cover Story

admin Sep 5th, 2017
Cover Story
Durga Puja: Celebration of art & Creativity Partha Mukherjee & Priyanka Mukherjee Contrary to what many may believe, Durga Puja is more a celebration of art than a religious festival. It is a carnival of creativity that enfolds when magic touches of fingers add life to a lump of soil. Durga Puja is above all,... 
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Cover Story

admin Sep 5th, 2017
Cover Story
Future of Kumartuli’s Artisans Anything that has a strong foundation and adapts to changing times, stays relevant, and survives. When it comes to art and skills, who determines whether a particular art practice needs to be preserved? Any form of art, after all, has some cultural value. But are all art forms... 
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Essay

admin Sep 5th, 2017
Essay
The History of Durga Puja in Barak Valley, Assam Shanku Sharma (Translated from Dr. amalendu Bhattacharjee’s Article in Bengali) The origin of Durga Puja in Silchar may not be known but the essence of celebrating the festival remains intact. This annual Hindu or Bengali Hindu festival is one of the most... 
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Essay

admin Sep 5th, 2017
Essay
Durga Puja Images and Pandals of Silchar: Storyteller of Tradition, Socio-Culture and Aesthetics Dr. Meghali Goswami "Durga Puja, however, goes far beyond religious gathering of a particular religion, or community. In fact, visiting the Pandals in recent years, one can only say that Durga Puja is one of... 
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Essay

admin Sep 5th, 2017
Essay
Panpatti: ‘KumarTuli’ of Silchar, Bearing Century old idol making Tradition Dr. Ganesh Nandi "More than hundreds of years back many idol makers used to come to Panpatti from various districts of present Bangladesh to work and they supplied idols to the Silchar people. They used to return back during... 
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Essay

admin Sep 5th, 2017
Essay
Shakti the devine power.. Satarupa Das "the Navapatrika or Kolabou is a form of Durga, which symbolizes all the aspects of nature in a complex vegetative state. Autumn or Sarad-writu was also the season for crops and the peasants worshiped the Navapatrika for a rich and bountiful harvest." Durga Puja is... 
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Essay

admin Sep 5th, 2017
Essay
The Durga Puja Pandal: Centre Stage of Festivities and Creative Energies Mallika Chakrawarti A week back, the rain-bearing clouds which hovered over Delhi gave way to resplendent sunshine. The haze brought on by monsoons seemed to have lifted, and my mother made a significant remark on this fresh development.... 
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Photo Essay

admin Sep 5th, 2017
Photo Essay
TARPANA Sanjay Das Tarpan or Tarpana means remembrance and has been formed from the root word ‘Trup’ which means satisfying others. The day is considered the day of remembrance of departed souls of family members and people pay obeisance to their forefathers on the banks of the river Ganga in Bengal. This day... 
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Photo Feature

admin Sep 5th, 2017
Photo Feature
Sharadotsav Partha seal Cultural traditions become icons of society over time, deep rooted in the psyche and mundane everyday existence. Durga Puja is a festival highly anticipated all year round, beginning with mahalaya, the arrival of the Goddess on Earth. Usually celebrated in September or Sharat Ritu the onset... 
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Photo Feature

admin Sep 5th, 2017
Photo Feature
Dasha-Hara The Bonfires of Effigies Pranab Seal Dusshera falls on the 10th day of the Navratri as prominent as a celebration of good over evil across Northern India, depicted by burning effigies of Ravana with Kumbhkaran and meghnath. This major religious cultural event is preceded by various other celebrations... 
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Interview

admin Sep 5th, 2017
Interview
Practice of Displaying Dolls and Figurines During Navaratri An Interview with Rohini Sen and Eshwar Naidu Lina Vincent Sunish "Lina Vincent interviews young collectors Rohini Sen and Eshwar Naidu on the practice of displaying dolls and figurines during Navarathri in honour of the Goddess. Reflecting... 
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Interview

admin Sep 5th, 2017
Interview
The Relationship to Action An interview with Richard Deacon Rajesh Punj "There could be a long discussion about drawing and the relationship between drawing and the work, drawing and hollowing out, and the ways in which the vocabulary of stock materials is used, and finally of a relationship to volume" In... 
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Review

admin Sep 5th, 2017
Review
In Retrospect: Recollections of Four Abstract-Loving Artists Mallika Chakrawarti Recollections can be a walk-through of significant events and memories that shape the identity of an artist. Certain recollections may rekindle a faint smile or trigger a grim mood, but nonetheless remain our companions till we breathe... 
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Editorial

admin Sep 4th, 2017
Editorial
We are Entering the month of September after having witnessed the wonderful spectacle of Ganesha Chaturthi. The atmosphere of celebration is in the air as our news channels are filled with images of the festivities, with countless Bollywood actors and actresses attending Puja and joining in the celebrations. We have... 
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Cover Story

admin Aug 9th, 2017
Cover Story
Art Tax. How will it aff ect the Indian Art Market? Should art work be taxed at all? – ART & DEAL CORRESPONDENT As of July 1st 2017 the BJP government has implemented GST (Goods and Services Tax) which will dismantle state barriers and merge a variety of taxes into one, supposedly simple, tax system. The new... 
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Editorial

admin Aug 9th, 2017
Editorial
A characteristically warm August follows the first month of India having operational GST (Goods and Services Tax). In this first month of the new reform, confusion hangs in the air much like the haze of humidity around the city. There has been little light shed so far on exactly how the reforms will affect individuals... 
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Report

admin Aug 9th, 2017
Report
SURFACE SCRATCHES INDIRA LAKSHMI PRASAD The line between art and life should be kept as fluid, and perhaps indistinct, as possible. – Allan Kaprow. It’s difficult to pin point the exact origins of performance art. Having had a crucial role in the Dada and Futurism movements, it’s been a key part of the... 
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Interview

admin Aug 9th, 2017
Interview
SUGAR COATED An interview with LIZI SÁNCHEZ RAJESH PUNJ I started working with wool and wallpaper, by applying wool onto the wall. All of which meant I was replacing painting and the two-dimensional for the threedimensional. And it was when I realised that what really excites me were materials, that things became... 
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Essay

admin Aug 9th, 2017
Essay
SADANAND BAKRE: INDIA’S ELUSIVE MODERNIST PAINTER & SCULPTOR MALLIKA CHAKRAWARTI In newspaper records, Sadanand Bakre is described as a ‘reclusive’ painter who spent his last days in his quaint, Ratnagiri home, alone and friendless. ‘Elusive’ would be more befitting an adjective to describe the persona... 
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Book Review

admin Aug 9th, 2017
Book Review
PARALLEL WINGS: THE ART OF RIMI DHUMAL INDIRA LAKSHMI PRASAD The physical presence of this large sized hardcover gives a taste of the momentous contents within, before even beginning to read it. The stylish, minimal front and back covers featuring the sculpture work of Rini Dhumal against a black backdrop would visually... 
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Cinema

admin Aug 9th, 2017
Cinema
REVERSE INSIDE THE BODY – RAHU – A SENTY STORY OF A MENTAL BOY SAYAN DEY Two strangers met on a romantic night and then the world changes for them. This stereotypical opening seemingly has nothing more to offer, apart from the fact that it’s cliché and mundane as a run of the mill kitsch movie.... 
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Review

admin Aug 9th, 2017
Review
SHRUTI MAHAJAN TRAVERSING THROUGH PERIPHERIES AND OPEN EXTENTS PALAK DUBEY The series of works on display at Goethe Zentrum, Hyderabad by artist Shruti Mahajan (from 29th June to 11th July) were an extension of her series of works done on ‘home’, in the subjective context as well as Universal. Through her untitled... 
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Review

admin Aug 9th, 2017
Review
WALKING IN AN ICONOGRAPHIC PAST OF SOUTHERN INDIA: GOMBE MANSI DHIMAN MANDHWANI ‘The subject of India Iconography is one of the most fascinating branches of indology which found its origin in the womb of remote post.’ -D. N. Shukla ‘What is the earliest evidence for systematised use of images and symbols... 
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Review

admin Aug 9th, 2017
Review
MEET CHELSEA MANNING, WHOSE DNA IS MADE INTO A WORK OF ART ASHISH SHARMA After being in prison for seven years for disclosing sensitive military documents to WikiLeaks, Manning is back with the artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg for a collaborative show called “A Becoming Resemblance” made from the DNA of Manning. ... 
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Cover Story

admin Jul 11th, 2017
Cover Story
Dynamism in Dhanraj Bhagat’s Sculpture Anindya Kanti Biswas Dhanraj has shown an unusual mastery of all the three important art mediums-graphic, plastic and glyptic. His infallible quest for novelty and originality keeps him frequently changing from one medium to another and yet in every field he has reaped... 
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Essay

admin Jul 11th, 2017
Essay
Reclaiming The Maternal And Questioning The Norms Of Representation Of Motherhood In Contemporary Indian Art By The Women Art Practitioners Dr. Aparna Roy Baliga I would like to start with the key concepts which the paper is centredon, of experiences of embodiment of the maternal body, the representations of motherhood... 
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Essay

admin Jul 11th, 2017
Essay
Re-positioning The Notion Of The ‘regional Modern’ H.a. Anil Kumar (Reflections on the claim for ‘Regional Modern’ in contemporary times. This was initially presented in the Panel Discussion held as part of the ‘Madras Art Movement’ show at NGMA, Bengaluru, 2017, alongside Prof. Parul Dave, Dr. Ashrafi... 
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