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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... 

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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.... 

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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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Essay
Sumantra Sengupta – A Journey Away From Humanism Indira Lakshmi Prasad Having recently exhibited work in New Delhi at Art Konsult, as part of the exhibition ‘Contrabanned’ Sumantra Sengupta’s latest series of works titled ‘Hahakar’ explores the loaded issue of India’s involvement in the First World War. For Sumantra Sengupta, the fascination with WWI began with a request for him... 

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A SCULPTURAL AFFAIR Lina Vincent Sunish RMZ Ecoworld in Bangalore unveiled their sculpture park initiative in July 2017, opening out the possibility for thousands of office goers and general public to come in contact with art works of considerable beauty and aesthetic value.  There is an unfailing sense of awe engendered by viewing a monumental, larger than life sculpture or art installation.... 

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Chitrashaala Art & Deal Correspondent In September 2017, it was in the picturesque Rajasthani town of Chittorgarh that the fourth edition of Chitrashaala art residency an initiative by Justa Hotels, and brainchild of the hotelier Ashish Vohra and curator Anirudh Chari. The idea for Chitrashaala came about in 2007 when the founder of Justa hotels and his wife, designer Deepika Govind, were looking... 

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Review (Delhi) Swadeshi Art: Treasures of Calcutta’s Pre-Bengal School Mallika Chakrawarti A treasure-trove of vintage lithographs and paintings from 19th century Bengal was showcased at New Delhi’s Akar Prakar Art Advisory. The exhibition titled ‘Swadeshi Art’ was on view from 28th August to 15th October. An era of mythological storytelling infused with European ‘naturalism’ was illustrated... 

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Review (Hyderabad) Two solo shows Palak Dubey Apart from regular group shows and art events, the city of Hyderabad recently hosted two noteworthy solo shows. Kiran Kumar Varikilla’s preview show at Gallery Space (8th August to 14th August) titled ‘Form and content’ which was later shown at Jehangir art gallery in the month of September. The second show was by Masuram Ravikanth, which contained... 

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Review (Delhi) Art Bahrain, Across Borders Art & Deal correspondent There could not have been a more opulent setting for ‘Art Bahrain, Across Borders’ than Bikaner House in central Delhi. The atmosphere on the opening night was certainly electric; a mixing pot of Bahraini and Indian energy. ‘Art Bahrain, Across Borders’ was the premier event of this contemporary art fair and curated... 

Editorial

Editorial
We move into the long awaited winter months with pleasant breeze and comfortable weather, yet the forecast of ‘smoke’ is a reminder of the pollution we face after the festive season. Here in Delhi we have witnessed the first year of the ‘cracker ban’ which was issued to counteract the burgeoning levels of pollution afflicting the city and its inhabitants. A range of urban city environments... 

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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. My mother made Davy Crockett’s hat for Disney, hats for the cast of Moby Dick, Vanity... 

Interview

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 about size, just as I don’t have any restrictions upon my imagination,... 

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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 when I was 80, I celebrated through an exhibition of my creations. One was in India,... 

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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 the most attractive. Kanchan’s torsos are headless and limbless; this is a deliberate... 

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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 momentof India’s recent negociations of what is permitted and what is prohibited within... 

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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. This is the case whether its role in this complex is central or peripheral,... 

Editorial

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 a range of content from political art in the black power movement to ‘information... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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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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.... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 

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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... 
       
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