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Art Tax :The art community fears that GST will hit the already struggling art market Written by Vandana Kalra | Published:May 20, 2017 6:05 am

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council that met in Srinagar has declared tax slabs and cesses for more than 1,000 items, and among them is art — a category that till now was exempted from VAT in some states, including West Bengal. In Rajasthan, the tax was much lower. The tax reform has listed it under the tax bracket of 12 per cent, including, among others, “paintings, drawings and pastels”, “original engravings, prints and lithographs”, “original sculptures and statuary in any material”…


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Source:The pioneer New Delhi Friday 28th March…

Bachhawats of Kolkata's Aakriti Art Gallery form Bachhawat Foundation By Ashoke Nag, ET Bureau | 19 Dec, 2013,

KOLKATA: The Bachhawats of Kolkata's well-known Aakriti Art Gallery have conceptualised and formed the Bachhawat Foundation. The foundation was recently launched. 

The Bachhawat Foundation proposes to conduct art residency programs for potential, creative artists of the new generation to promote their art so that they don't get…

Bachhawat Foundation :Promotion of art, aesthetics, culture and literature

An Art Center having Artist Residency,Art Camps,Publications and more.A perfect ambiance that an artist requires in a serene surrounding.Less then 20 km from the Kolkata Airport,30 minutes drive.

Being an integral part of the art world for more than two generations and profoundly…


Aakriti Art Gallery had started the GenNext series of exhibitions to focus on young artists, who, it thought, showed promise. Most of the participants of this particular show were born in the 1980s, with one of them, Nihaal Faizal, born as late as in the 1990s. In its sixth edition (up to October 15), GenNext shows every sign of maturity, manifested in not only more carefully chosen works but also better display as more space is available now…

Notice Board - Internship Call

Aakriti Art Gallery is seeking to recruit 2 Gallery Interns to join the team at an exciting time before a busy forthcoming exhibition and art fair period.


Location: Kolkata


Key Responsibilities will include:

  1. Responsible for the day-to-day running of the gallery, interacting with clients and facilitating all phases of the exhibition planning process. 
  2. Meet clients and receipt items for the relevant sale. Manage the gallery with assistance.  Monitor incoming and outgoing items.  Ensure that the gallery area is presentable at all times.
  3.  Deal with email enquiries.  Assist with photography and take additional photographs of items for clients and specialists.  Liaise with vendors and specialists to confirm sale estimates and reserves.
  4. Assist in the production of sale catalogues.  Upload relevant text and images to the various online sites.
  5.  Organise marketing and advertising in print and electronic media. Monitor web based advertising. Compose mass emails to clients in the run up to the auction. Understand and engage with social media in various forms.
  6. Manage the consignment of artworks and prepare the saleroom for exhibitions.  Assist specialists with all pre-exhibition enquiries.
  7.  Ensure that all gallery website content are monitored and kept up to date.  Assist with the break-down of the exhibition and the preparation for the sale day.
  8. Assist with invoicing and payment in the days following the sale. Assist with shipping and arrange postage and packaging for lower value items.
  9. The candidates are also expected to travel when and where required with gallery office work, shows or events  
  10. Assisting sales team and contributing to client database.



The Ideal Candidate will have:

  • Art background along with co-ordination, logistical organisational skills.
  • Excellent communication and delegation skills are essential.
  • Experience and knowledge of operating a wide variety of tools and machinery.
  • Computer literate all Microsoft office packages ideally, Photoshop.
  • Light art handling skills are a plus.
  • Proficient in languages, poses basic writing skills, solid interpersonal skills, excellent organizational skills,
  • Should be able to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self – motivated, responsible and can work within a team structure.

These are immediate openings and the selected candidates will have to join immediately. To apply please send a covering letter and curriculum vitae to relation@artnewsnviews.com by 5th of August 2015.


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 Orbit Enclave, First Floor

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Event Details

Morning Dew

Time: January 7, 2019 at 11am to January 30, 2019 at 7pm
Location: Aakriti Art Gallery Kolkata
Street: 12/3 A Hungerford Street
City/Town: Kolkata
Website or Map: http://www.aakritiartgallery.…
Phone: 9830411116
Event Type: art, exhibition
Organized By: Aakriti Talk Art
Latest Activity: Jan 2, 2019

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Event Description

Lalu Prasad Shaw’s temperas are a revelation of mind and soul, compositions given the scrutiny has been subjected to contexts in which it has been used, we know much about its origins, or better, the occasion that gave rise to it, the history of its appearance. The best and most compelling of his work approach to an eclectic realm that leans heavily on his insights. In spite of his enormous erudition and sense of form and texture that remind of his earlier ‘Babu’ and ‘Bibi’ series, he puts them together with a calm detachment in which a clear structure combines intimately with solipsism and expressiveness to achieve a paradoxical visual image to create scenes of artifice that makes him one of those venerable Masters. Having established the ‘pleasure of seeing’ a main thrust, he then turns these works to a translation in order to show how the context in which his figures appear. he has twisted - one would say – the magnificence grasp of life itself and forced him to make choices in his practice that are, to say the least, desirable of moments seized with a visual felicity by an entirely expressive affective surface, but it never gives itself away as external sign- rich in privacy and inwardness. These abstracts done in gouache in the present exhibition contain an element which makes this work both resistant to categorization yet intellectually irresistible.  From the late Fifties to the present his personality expressed through his etchings, paintings, and sculptures has presented a challenging half-mocking conundrum to the viewer. The drawings of self location and the vessels of colour he painted here is minimalist in its mode. The present series can variously be interpreted as referring to psychological alienation as if he developed these ideas in isolation, and far from excluding content, the works are intended to provide a screen on to which the viewer projects his own experience provoked by the Master. The bareness of the image forces the viewer to consider the idea behind the non- event of the painted space.


Here is a  feeling of Master’s delivering the pleasures of traditional gestural abstraction in a personal or expressive idiom- painted space done in gouache with brush and roller, there is an intense activity; obviously, the energy made visible is controlled, and one has to watch closely the expressive visual modulation of color into which are woven into planes which are so  sophisticated, controlled  and lucid that they may go unnoticed and encompasses formal structures that becomes a vehicle to cross-pollinate the techniques of his medium and the poetry in his work; the flat paint body seem less important than tone, an effacement of one layer followed by another setting a vector, shadow set against deeper shadow, marking the points where their forms reflect, intersect or diverges instead of converging, elucidating spaces as vivid streaks of fluorescence make a way for  light runnel, a kind of enlightened aesthetics settles on the viewer as our own encounters find an abode in another pictorial space. It becomes interesting at this point how his small works here done in gouache, the abstraction fights for its life, seeking instead to hold on to that tenuous thread that connects its operations to those of the world, whose appearances, at least are conspicuously absent from their frames. This painted ground, this rhythmic unity of senses, can be discovered only by going beyond and gives his work in this exhibition a fervor- enigmatic abstract forms quietly emerge from richly layered surfaces of  poetic abstracts .The small vessels seek to break out of “the purified domain of light and colour”.

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