Utopias from Asia

An international and interdisciplinary symposium was held at SSVAD in Santiniketan on the 16th and 17th of November, 2011. Vishal Tondon reports. On the occasion of the 150th birthday anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, an international symposium Utopias from Asia was […]

“Treasures of Ancient China” at the National Library, Kolkata

Somak Mukherjee gives us a glimpse of “Treasures of Ancient China” at the National Library, Kolkata. China and India are two great ancient civilizations whose history, fine arts, culture and architecture have fascinated scholars and historians alike for centuries. The […]

India at the Venice Biennale

The 54th Venice Biennale, inaugurated in June this year, was special due to a strong Indian presence. After much anticipation, finally the Indian pavilion was launched in this year’s prestigious international art exhibition. Curated by art critic Ranjit Hoskote, the […]

The CM’s Brushstrokes

Mamata Banerjee was not present to launch her show in April 2011, held in Gallery 88 (used only as exhibition venue) just before she swept into power in West Bengal. Her 98 canvases depicted the simplicity that is so typical […]

The Case of the Tagore Fake Paintings

The Show of Rabindranath Tagore’s paintings was inaugurated by his Excellency, the Governor of West Bengal, Shri M.K. Narayanan in the Government College of Art and Craft premises on February 26, 2011, to celebrate Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary. Ironically enough, […]

A Dream Comes True in Santiniketan

Inauguration of Santiniketan Society for Visual Art &Design (SSVAD) in November2010 On November 19th 2010, the Santiniketan Society of Visual Art and Design (SSVAD) was inaugurated with a 3-day cultural program and a colloquium. SSVAD is an arts centre which aims […]

Meeting of Minds

The Harrington Streets Arts Centre is designed by Li Lightbody of Abacus Designs of Singapore and Australia. It covers approximately 7500 sq. feet of space and aims to break down the elitist image of the traditional “white cube” gallery space, […]

Sisyphus in Maihar

Ruma Dasgupta writes of the positive energy that can charge up artists, writers and gallerists in an art camp from her experience in Maihar. It was spring but in Maihar on that day in mid-February it was crispy cold and […]