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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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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... 

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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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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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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... 

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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... 

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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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Cultural Commodities: An Interview with Dorotheum’s London Director Martina Batovic – RAJESH PUNJ.. Prizing apart a two-part puzzle has in auction speak become something of a ‘commercial adventure’ for auction houses younger and longer established than either Sotheby’s or Christie’s. Swiss auctioneer and collector Simon de Pury saw his merger with Phillips in 2001, creating Phillips de... 

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The Philosophy of Punk An Interview with Tim Noble and Sue Webster Rajesh Punj "We were pushing the shadow sculptures by using different materials, where the sculptures were becoming interesting in their own right; and there was a point where we were waiting for the moment we didn’t have to painstakingly make the shadow anymore – we could just stand by the sculpture and switch the... 

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Art Fair and Art Dr. Seema Bhalla The question that arises is about the purpose of Art Fairs. The participating galleries vary from the most important to the new entrants who are trying their luck in the Art bazaar. The works of established artists can be seen in more than one gallery. Many a times, certain galleries display a work that was sold earlier but then, showing it in the Art Fair might add... 

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Fairs Dr. Seema Bawa The closest term for a fair in Sanskrit is a Mela meaning ‘gathering’ or ‘to meet’ or a ‘fair’. In the Indian subcontinent it has been used for all sizes of gatherings that may be religious, commercial, cultural or sport-related. In rural traditions melas or regional and village fairs were (and in some cases still are) of great importance. The... 

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Ruminations…Audiences and Other Things – II Lina Vincent Sunish It is not easy to create, design, and execute a multi-layered program of large scale – it takes a huge amount of planning, teamwork, administration and infrastructure, not to forget the big M – money. When such massive sums of private, corporate and public funds are at stake, it is more than ever necessary to extend research... 

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Colour Coded An interview with Rana Begum Rajesh Punj For the American sculptor Donald Judd simplicity served to celebrate the object in space. Deciding “it isn’t necessary for a work to have a lot of things to look at, to compare, to analyse one by one, to contemplate. The thing as a whole, its quality, is what is interesting. The main things are alone and are more intense, clear and powerful.”... 

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Studio at Varda: Memories of a Visit Lina Vincent Sunish I least imagined that one day I would be photographed with a knife in my hand and a scowl on my face, playing the protagonist in an incredible narrative that had me supposedly ripping apart a beautiful studio-backdrop, because of patent dissatisfaction with my portrait. The visit I made to WaswoX. Waswo’s studio at Varda, on the outskirts of... 

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The Long Gaze Back : Neo Miniatures by Anindita Bhattacharya Myna Mukherjee Anindita’s works fire on all cylinders, blurring polarities of Islamic & Hindu, traditional and contemporary, East and West, representation and abstraction. She is an artist who is mature beyond her years, and will be a force in years to come. Joining ranks with South Asia’s increasing number of radical and avant... 

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Uncertain States an interview with Bharti Kher Rajesh Punj In Paris at Galerie Perrotin Kher has introduced a new body of works that in part draw attention to the anatomy of potential actions. As though in these configurations of differing materials everything could change in an instance. The potential for action and the actions that have occurred are the opposing energies that exist in this exhibition. If... 

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Dhruva Mistry’s Mystic Magic Sumati Gangopadhyay Dhruva was impressed by the cultural openness and individual freedom encouraged at R.C.A. He wrote, “I enjoyed seeing places, thevariety of collections, display, and exhibitions offering plurality of ideas of art, culture, people and religion. I enjoyed looking into the visual premises and conceptual precepts of artists to understand the modernity... 

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Serendipity Arts Festival Goa- A Curtain Raiser Lina Vincent Sunish Goa, a place that has often been just a backdrop for events because of its beaches, sunny tempers, parties and good food, an ideal work-cum-holiday getaway. What is it about Goa currently that makes it amenable to cultural activity? Over the last few years, there has been an influx of creative people to this little state in India.... 

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Serendipity Arts Festival Goa 2016: A Selection of Projects Exhibitions & Performances Serendipity Arts Festival will be a multi-disciplinary arts event set over a period of nine days in Panaji, Goa. Curated by a panel of leading experts from across the arts, this year’s festival will be the first edition in a long-term cultural project that hopes to affect positive change in the arts in India... 

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Colombo In Colombo: Jean-Francois Bocle Rajesh Punj Seeing space as “public and private, space as protest and contestation, space as tangible and imagined, as community, memory and legacy, space as architectural, performative, temporal, spiritual and rhythmic, space as liminal and ritualistic, space as embodied and meditative, and space as virtual and transcendent. Scrutinising space Boclé sees... 

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Of Public Fairs And The Art Fest In Vadodara Aparna Roy Baliga The great purpose of the city is to permit, indeed to encourage and incite, the greatest number of meetings, encounters, challenges, between all persons, classes and groups, providing as it were, a stage on which the drama of social life may be enacted, with the actors taking their turn as spectators and the spectators as actors.- Lewis... 

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Demystifying Biennale! Pune Biennale 2017: 3rd Edition Dr. Kiran Shinde As such now, the Pune Biennale has emerged as an institution to create a world-wide cultural identity for the home-city and act as a vehicle for the development of the city, aesthetically while unlocking endless possibilities for the creative community. Pune Biennale 2017 offers an open platform for people to speak their mind... 

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Barren Red: Solo Exhibit By Puneet Kaushik Myna Mukherjee Contemporary artist Puneet Kaushik’s new solo ‘Barren Red’ evokes a certain coming of age nostalgia. Having keenly followed his substantive body of abstract and plurally textural work over the years, one can see that Barren Red is reminiscent and echoes his previous signature style but with a radical difference. The works have a distilled... 

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All That Remains: AN Interview With Dayanita Singh Rajesh punj An opportunity to meet with the Indian photographer Dayanita Singh has become more improbable now that she exhibits more prolifically than when we first met in late 2008. As was evident in 2013 when I interviewed Singh prior to her retrospective at the Hayward Gallery, London. Recalling that interview for Art&Deal allows us an insight... 

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Evolution of Art in bengal and Kolkata Partha Mukherjee Bengal soaked in different cultures and thereby grew as an important centre for art and culture in the eastern part of the country. While the ‘Caterpillar’ metamorphosed into a ‘Butterfly, it grew as a city of contrast. Crisscrossed by many rivers, Bengal is a land of soft soil. Obviously, people that live here are soft minded and so are... 

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Nineteenth Century Art of Bengal Amit Mukhopadhyay Opening an exhibition of historic prints in 1954, the famous historian Jadunath Sarkar said, “British role in India did inspire pictorial art of a high order, and the first full century of their dominion, from 1757 to 1857 has preserved on canvas and paper many scenes and landscape of India which have now mostly vanished—Let us be thankful... 

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East is East, and West is West and when the Twain meet Dr. Seema Bhalla “East is East, and West is West, and never the Twain shall meet”, the opening lines from “The Ballad of East and West”, written by Rudyard Kipling, published in 1889, might be ringing as metaphorical truth but are far removed from reality as far as the talented acumen of art and crafts of the artists of Bengal is concerned. When... 

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Story of a Street Park Street: the past and present swati mishra Every neighbourhood forms a definite part of the memory and identity of a city. Several historians and urbanists have talked of a city being a theatre of memory. What makes up this memory are both the tangible and intangible elements that existed (or still exist) in the cityscape. My friend and I took up a project to study the changes... 

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Mona Lisa and My Experience of Viewing A Novel Magnum Opus: An Ecstatic Feeling And Brief Overview Dr. Raj Kumar Mazinder Though my interest in Mona Lisa or Leonardo and also the great European painting tradition especially the Renaissance period has been grown and nourished initially as in class of two giant academicians Prof. R. Shiva Kumar and Prof. Gulam Mohammed Sheikh during my study period at... 

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Goa’s Sacred Art Kaavi:Heta Pandit Lina Vincent Sunish Goa (N 15 13’ E 73 37’) would probably topple over if you tried to fit it on a pinhead on the map of western India. Best known for its beautiful beaches where the crunchy white sand actually squeaks under your bare feet, rich landscape that typically includes vast tracts of paddy fields outlined with coconut palm trees and a predominantly... 

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Anubhav Gallery National Museum Making a difference for sightless visions Apurva Sinha Through this article, the writer shares her thoughts on her visit to the ‘Anubhav’ gallery of National Museum, New Delhi. Her exploratory nature brought her in conversation with a visually impaired enthusiast who is striving for ‘universal accessibility’, and is fighting the odds to visualise things presently... 

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K. G. Subramanyan: Mentor to Half A Century of Students/Academia Uma Nair As an artist, Subramanyan or Manida is known as one of the most versatile practitioners, having done works, apart from painting, in the traditions of muralterracotta tiles as well as cement reliefs, toy and rope sculptures in wood, as well as textiles. These words personify K.G. Subramanyan the artist and mentor. India has lost... 

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Conversations With Colour: K. G. Subramanyan Uma Nair Say Manida to any artist or collector of repute and their faces light up. But Kalpathi Ganapathi Subramanyan born of a Palghat Brahmin family at Mahe proved to purists and critics alike that he is one man who has fashioned the contemporary art sensibility in India like no one else at his retrospective at NGMA two years ago. An artist who weaves... 
       
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