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20/20 Vision An interview with Zach Harris Rajesh Punj There is something pleasurable whilst being intuitively irresponsible about spoiling a document; of rolling a pencil over it with the intention of applying free reason as free reign. But the action to introduce oneself, to imprint one’s identity upon material matter is what is intrinsic to our being in and of a moment; of engaging by disengaging... 

Interview

Interview
Fairyland In Conversation with Tessa Farmer Indira Lakshmi Prasad The work itself not only draws from, but utilizes the magic of the natural world. Tessa Farmer’s materials include found items such as animal bones, insects, plants, marine creatures and more. The majority of her materials have been sourced from the British Hedgerow; however she receives insects and other creatures from as far as South... 

Essay

Essay
Ashutosh Deb: Life and times Asudev wouldn’t have taken up the challenge to traverse his journey into the realms of visual art unless he had the whole hearted support of his wife, Bela who had her schooling at Kala Bhavana Santiniketan. It was because of her efforts that Asudev could create such huge work that we are able to see even today. Ashutosh Deb "nom de plume "as ‘Asudev’ is... 

Editorial

Editorial
Each day we bear witness to the evolution of the art scene as it unfolds before us. This past few months has been the season for exhibition openings and events all over the country, and we await yet more showcase of both budding and established talent in the coming months. The past decade has seen epic growth in the artistic and creative landscape as we know it, as globalization has taken place in... 

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Cover Story
APPROPRIATING IDENTITY: CONTEMPORANEOUS ‘FOLK’ AND ‘TRIBAL’ VIKAS HARISH Even when photography was new in Europe, it was first introduced in Calcutta, India in the 1840s. The earlier drawings ‘Europeanised’ India, self-confessed by colonial officers, in an exotic representation of the artists perception. Photography then presented a certain ‘stern fidelity’ to the subject. The images... 

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Cover Story
MADHUBANI ART: CAPTURING MYTHOLOGICAL TALES & SOCIO-CULTURAL REALITIES MALLIKA CHAKRAWARTI Several generations have kept Madhubani art alive. In their spare time, women of the household would immerse themselves in this art, as it provided an opportunity to break the monotony and create something beautiful. These women would often work collectively and share their joys and sorrows with each... 

Interview

Interview
GREAT MASK- MAKING TRADITION IN ASSAM AND HERITAGE STATURE OF SRI SRI NATUN SAMAGURI SATRA, MAJULI DR. RAJ KUMAR MAZINDER The mask is a primitive art creation of mankind. It can be termed as a primordial manifestation of art. In the guise of a mask people are capable of making symbolic acts, expressions of humour, fear and pretending to be larger in shape etc. of certain anthropomorphic, aesthetical... 

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Report
THE ENCHANTED FOREST, THE LEGACY OF JANGARH SINGH SHYAM INDIRA LAKSHMI PRASAD Last October, Bikaner House in New Delhi hosted the exhibition of legendary modern Gond tribal artist Jangarh Singh Shyam. The exhibition was held following the release of the book ‘The Enchanted Forest’ by Aurogeeta Das and published by Roli Books, which focuses on the life, work and legacy of the artist. Work from the... 

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BARAK MUSEUM: RUNG THE PRELUDE FOR NEW POSSIBILITIES DR. GANESH NANDI Barak Valley is a historical place situated in the Southern part of Assam and covering mainly three districts; Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi. Many things combined together work as a catalyst behind Barak Valley’s uniqueness and glorious identity. Its geography and population have differentiated this valley from other places.... 

Essay

Essay
A STUDY OF TRIBAL ART AND CULTURE OF BASTAR, CHHATTISGARH PINKI PRIYA For so long Chhattisgarh was a ‘terra –incognito’ for the historical world. It was the second half of the 20th century when historian and researchers attempted to draw the history, culture and tradition of Chhattisgarh. Although Chhattisgarh is a nascent state but its history goes back to pre historical period. During ancient... 

Essay

Essay
AJRAKH: SINDH TO BARMER MADAN MEENA The block-printing Khatri community of Barmer recognize themselves as Bhram-Kshatriya (Hindu clan). This has relation to a popular mythical story – when Parshuram was eliminating every Kashtriya from the earth, he reached Sindh where two of the Kashtriya devotees of Hinglaj Mata went into hiding in her temple and requested her to save them from the wrath of Parshuram.... 

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Eassy
FRAMING THE INDIGENOUS: DISCOURSES OF FEMINIZATION OF AESTHETICS THROUGH THE ORNAMENTAL AND THE DECORATIVE IN ALPONA IN EARLY 20THC.BENGAL DR. APARNA ROY BALIGA Early twentieth century Bengal saw the redesigning of the cultural sphere during the upsurge of the Swadeshi movement. ‘The two central themes in this context are the familial social space designated as andarmahal / antahpur (inner-quarter)... 

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Essay
AIPAN MOTIFS: IMPLICATION OF CULTURE, TRADITION AND RELIGION IN THE LIFE OF KUMAONIS OF UTTARAKHAND ANIRBAN DHAR “In Art, Man reveals himself and not his objects.” Every region in India has its own style and pattern of Folk art. The folk and Tribal arts of India are very ethnic and simple, and yet colourful and vibrant enough to speak volumes about the country’s rich heritage. India had... 

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Essay
KOYA ADIVASI ART FORMS BHADRACHALAM, KHAMMAM DISTRICT, TELANGANA STATE ARCHANA SONTI The story of the Koyas goes back to pre-historic times. They seem to have had a highly evolved civilization in the past in which they were a ruling Tribe. Koyas are one of the few multi-lingual and multi-racial tribal communities living in India. They call themselves as “Koithur” which means people of... 

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Essay
STORIES ON SKIN NEHA MATHRANI In the Baiga community, it is both sexes that ink their bodies with the intricate designs, called Godna. However it is for women especially that the tattoos are singular markers of identity. The women are well known for their elaborate body art.The tattooing is carried out by women tattoo artists from the Dewar, Badni and Ojha tribes of Madhya Pradesh and these women... 

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THE LEGACY OF SORA PAINTING, A DIMINISHING ART OF AN ARTISAN SHANKU SHARMA People, as they say, have very short memory. They forget their history, tradition, and heritage only to end up adopting modern technological gadgets and gizmos. Globalization may have taken the world by storm, but some ancient art and artisans are suffering at its hand. There are many artisans whom the world does not... 

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LITTLE FRAMES, LARGE LIVES AMBICA GULATI Among the more accoladed traditional artists, Mahaveer Swami has worked diligently for over four decades to keep the Bikaner miniature art alive In the narrow lanes of Bikaner lies a home where a 500-year-old art lives on. If you are not a native, you wouldn’t know this place or the people who live in it. But for the natives, this is probably the high point... 

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EARTHEN-WORK OF SURMA/BARAK VALLEY: THROUGH THE EYES OF A YOUNG ARTIST DR. SIB SANKAR MAJUMDER For centuries, Barak Valley of Assam has been a melting-pot of various ethnic groups, cultural traditions which is richly reflected in its amazing variety of handicrafts – from bamboo and cane products, to masks, wood carvings, textiles and earthen ware. People from the rest of the world have... 

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FOLKUS – LOOKING BACK SANJAY DE Folkus, the first-ever folk & tribal art gallery of north-east India, was opened on 6th December, 2017 at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Road in Silchar, Assam. Sandipan Dutta Purkayastha, Pranab Seal and Ritam Chakraborty are the three persons who have started the initiative. The gallery was formally inaugurated in the evening with the lighting of lamp by S. Lakshmanan,... 

Photo Essay

Photo Essay
MEENA TRIBES , TONK DISTRICT, RAJASTHAN PRASHANTA SEAL, MATI The Meena Tribe is one of the oldest tribal communities in existence, and in current times mainly inhabit mainland Rajasthan. The history of this Adivasi tribal group dates back to the 6th century B.C, and the community claim to be descended from the Matsya avatar of Vishnu. The tribe ruled areas in Rajasthan until being overpowered by... 

Editorial

Editorial
Happy New Year! The landmark of new beginnings as we experience the global togetherness of watching the countdown clocks in our respective time zones on December 31st. From here marks fresh starts, yet with us we carry the retrospective accoutrements of the year gone by. In the year 2017 we have witnessed both tragedy and triumph, and events which have left the landscape of our country undoubtedly... 

Cover Story

Cover Story
Deconstructing The Ritual Megha Joshi Indira Lakshmi Prasad Megha Joshi recognizes that the state and religion, while technically being separate entities, are intrinsically connected and informed by one another. Religion, the artist notes, informs and influences every area of life, from our countries political agenda, to the social interactions we face in day-to-day life. Another exploration... 

Interview

Interview
Involving Reality An interview with Hiroshi Sugimoto : Rajesh Punj The majority of the theatre houses were built in the 1920’s – from 1920 to 1926. That was the peak period of that kind of entertainment, and also that was the bubble time for the American economy, before crashing so dramatically in 1929. In interview German artist Thomas Ruff was drawn to confessing that he was a liar,... 

Obituary

Obituary
Chitralekha Sen TagoreArt & Deal Correspondent It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of artist, mother, sister and friend Chitralekha Sen Tagore. She was born in Guwahati, in the state of Assam as the eldest child of Subho and Aarati Tagore. She began her initial training as an artist at the Government College of Art, in Calcutta where she studied under the tutelage of a number... 

Essay

Essay
OF THE HOUR GLASS AND THE MOVIN G IMAGES OF ETERNITY IN THE WORKS OF SANGEETA GUPTA Dr. Aparna Roy Baliga Shiva, the ultimate creator, does his Tandava to destroy all that has become irrelevant and unnecessary, and in the process creates a new world order. The time and space zones only exist in our mind and they are only relative in its quantification. For the spirit time and space do not matter.... 

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Essay
The Color of Wat er : Tarshito Katie Lazarowicz As a part of a world tour Tarshito was seeking a Gond artist to represent India in “The Path of the Wayfarer in Love,” an enormous scroll which will travel to a total of eight countries. Venkat was honored to contribute. He painted a playful a wedding procession in the Gond style, dancing across one 1.5 meter section. What is the color of water?... 

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Report
Of Spaces and Stories Neha Mathrani In the context of the arts, The Story of Space became perhaps one of the more ambitious undertakings in the country. It was a community funded and driven campaign, powered by volunteers, online crowd-funding, numerous synergetic partnerships with art galleries institutions, cultural spaces, universities, a diverse plethora of subjects in its ambit of inquiry.... 

Review

Review
Revisiting Sailoz Mookherjea (1907- 1960): An Artist With a Bohemian Soul Mallika Chakrawarti Many years ago, an artist had begun a silent revolution in India. At least two decades before the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group was conceived, Sailoz Mookherjea imagined modernism in a way no Indian artist did at the time. Although, his artworks have been listed as national treasures, Sailoz’s legacy... 

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Review
Yes Art Can Art & Deal Correspondent Yes Art Can 2017 is just the beginning installment of a series of exhibitions which will take place over the next few years. The exhibition was held at the prominent IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Center for The Arts) and took place from the 17th of November to the 25th. It was an exhibition celebrating several decades of the Delhi College of Art, bringing... 

Review

Review
This, The Sublime and it’s Double : Tanya Goel Indira Lakshmi Prasad The ultra-modern architecture of Nature Morte Gallery, South Delhi, was perhaps the perfect complimentary environment for Tanya Goel’s most recent solo exhibition ‘This, The Sublime and it’s Double’. Her works have previously been notable for their unique and thorough exploration of abstraction. ‘This, The Sublime and... 

Editorial

Editorial
The weather of chill breeze and warm sweaters is indeed upon us, and the long dark nights are brightened by the vivid illuminations and sounds which wedding season brings. Across the world many prepare for Christmas, with each corner of the globe having its own wonderful and unique way of celebrating the festive season. Here in Delhi the cooler weather also gives rise to an array of creative events,... 

Cover Story

Cover Story
Let 100 Flowers Bloom – Binoy Varghese Indira Lakshmi Prasad The works as a collection do not have individual titles, but are all grouped under the title ‘Let 100 flowers bloom’ Its one story under one title, consisting of around 13 paintings. The title itself is a quote from Mao Zedong, the chairman of the communist party of China in reference to the ‘Hundred Flowers Campaign’ which... 

Interview

Interview
Rapid Fire An interview with An-My Lê Rajesh Punj Luxembourgian American photographer Edward Steichen said of a portrait that it “is not made in the camera but on either side of it” as a way of explaining how images are based on relationships, whether they be fixed or fleeting. And such variables of contact are for Vietnamese American photographer and academic An-My Lê the rubric of her work.... 

Profile

Profile
From Coal to Gaz to Art: Priyanka Govil Lilian Hasler & Gaudenzpfister When Priyanka Govil, a Delhi and Bangalore based artist, arrived at the site of her grant at Schlieren, she might have been overwhelmed. The height of her studio was tremendous and the architecture seemed to be wonderful but difficult to use: How should this many cubic metres of air become filled with art? The studio is one... 
       
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