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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, a way of earning a moderate living for more than two thousand artists and craftsmen... 

Cover Story

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 still relevant and should be preserved before they ultimately disappear? This debate... 

Essay

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 important. Generally observed in the month of September or October according to the... 

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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 the largest outdoor art festivals. In the 1980s, a predominance of architectural models... 

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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 the off season. But after the partition some of them settled themselves in the panpatti... 

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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 ten-day event, of which the last five days mark the popular practices. The festival... 

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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. “Pujo is not too far away. Can you feel it in the air?” my ears perked up at that.... 

Photo Essay

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 also heralds the beginning of preparations for Durga Puja Festival and is celebrated... 

Photo Feature

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 of pre-winter, there is a feel to the approaching festival that engulfs the air.... 

Photo Feature

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 like Ram Lila, the enactment of the religious Hindu epic Ramayana in a theatrical form... 

Interview

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 on life in its entirety, the sometimes complex doll-arrangements symbolically represent... 

Interview

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 conversation British sculptor Richard Deacon employs language and lexicon... 

Review

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 our last. After delving into bygones, memories and the teachings of time, a group... 

Editorial

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 seen an array of new innovation this year; in light of the environmental crisis facing... 

Cover Story

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 system involves businesses registering for GST, obtaining a company GST number and... 

Editorial

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 and businesses, not least the Indian art market. We have been told by government... 

Report

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 avant-garde movement in the twentieth century, and only further evolving into the... 

Interview

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 much more interesting. The packing, the wrapping, the material matter of the... 

Essay

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 of the internationally famed, painter and sculptor. Bakre was born in 1920 in Baroda,... 

Book Review

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 be a welcome addition to any home library. This Technicolor biopic is a well... 

Cinema

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. But then comes the twist, rather eclipse, which makes this movie stand out from the... 

Review

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 works the artist explores the individualistic, historical as well as political aspects... 

Review

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 associated with cults in India? And what is the nature of these cults? New research... 

Review

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. Chelsea, 29, is a former US army soldier who was born as Bradley Edward Manning,... 

Cover Story

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 a rich harvest. Using clay and plaster in his original efforts, his experiments in wood... 

Essay

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 by the male artists and how the women reclaim their bodies from these representational... 

Essay

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 Bhagath and Kavitha Balakrishnan) "In a recent official circular by the... 

Obituary

Obituary
Revashankar Sharma (1935 – 2017) The Master Of Fantasy In The World Of Miniature Painting – A Tribute Dr. Seema Bhalla "When I visited Udaipur in 2013, I began my trip by looking for miniature paintings that were being sold in the shops, to the tourists. While I was highly disappointed by the available commercially churned miniature paintings, to my surprise, one of the shopkeepers... 

Feature

Feature
An Enigma Of Colour: A Feature On Nupur Kundu Jyoti Kathpalia "I am blessed! My passion is also my profession…Each experience of my life, my training as a dancer, my thoughts, my vision, each emotion and spiritual adventures are transformed as movement and colour in my paintings." As one stands in front of a canvas many colours, etchings and visual surprises unlayer from one colour to... 

Feature

Feature
Artist, Craftsman & Researcher: M Reddeppa Naidu Mansi Dhiman Mandhwani In the art world, facts are sometimes given short compensation in favour of concepts and ideas. That’s good for creative enthusiasm and spirit, but perhaps not so much for the idea of making a living as an artist. Previously there were patronages and endowments, mostly a thing of the past now, which had always supported... 

Review

Review
A Journey Towards Traditional History: Mukhosh Mansi Dhiman Mandhwani Art Konsult Gallery is situated at a place which is a hub for food joints, designers, hippy culture, contemporary art and artists! yes I am talking about Hauz Khas Village, it is a city within a city, there is always too much going on at the same time; one can experience contemporary, modern as well as antique. Lately I visited... 

Review

Review
Wanderlust Nature: Three Artists Tribute to Ram Kinkar Baij Indira Lakshmi Prasad Very recently a group exhibition of paintings was held in Delhi, at one of the capital city’s premier art gallery named as Lokayata, popularly known as the Mulkraj Anand Centre. Three young contemporary artists, from Bengal but settled in Delhi, exhibited their recent works under one canopy. The exhibition was entitled... 

Editorial

Editorial
Come June and one starts fanaticising grey thundering clouds covering the sky cool breezes and prays for rainfall. We just celebrated the environment Day. US pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord; Canada went ahead with it wholly, while at the same time committing to market their country’s resources of oil… India on the other hand committed to start selling only electric cars by 2030. In the... 

Cover Story

Cover Story
Four Decades: A Painter’s Journey In 2016, 42 years since her first exhibition, Arpana Caur felt that it was time to look back into the past. After three months of planning, the National Gallery of Modern Art,Bengaluru, opened its doors in November last year to a quasi-retrospective of Caur’s works from her personal collection in collaboration with Vijay Aggarwal’s private collection from... 
       
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