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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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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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Event Details


Time: February 6, 2018 to February 28, 2018
Location: Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata
City/Town: Kolkata
Website or Map: http://www.aakritiartgallery.…
Phone: 9830411116
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Aakriti Art Gallery
Latest Activity: Feb 10, 2018

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Event Description

Rabin Mondal has almost completed seven decades of a glorious journey with his art without a break. In August 2015 he had a solo exhibition at Gorky Sadan of Kolkata, titled ‘Colours of Freedom’, organized on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of Indian freedom. At  the inauguration of the show he said in his speech that the basic inspiration of his creativity has been from a patriotic song by  Rabindranath Tagore: ‘whoever may quit you, I will never depart, Mother’ (‘Je tomay chhare chharuk ami tomay chharbo na, Ma’). There was no dearth of problems and impediments in his life but he had never taken leave from his creativity. Consistency is his basic trait, consistency not only in practice, but also in form and expression.

His ‘King and Queen’ series that started around second half of 1970-s and culminated during 1980-s was his magnum opus, as Siddhartha Basu truly indicated in a catalogue introduction on Mondal’s art. Mondal had written an article on this series in 1985, where he mentioned of the tragedy behind the devastating power that the king embodies. He told of the treatment of space in these works, where he kept the background untreated to highlight disastrous void from where ‘power’ asserts itself. In a painting of 1982 titled ‘Man Acting As King’ we find the king, who is our day to day known character, sitting pensively on a chair with a blooming flower in his hand. Here is a contradiction between the beauty and the void. This is an example of an  ideal work of Rabin Mondal, where in spite of presence of cubist angularity there is dominance of Indian tribal and folk form. In this neo-primitivist attitude Mondal unites the local and the global.


The paintings that are presented in this exhibition at Aakriti Art Gallery are the products of his late life done between 2008 and 2016. Most of the works are in small format and depicts human faces. Only three paintings are there that deal with different subjects. There is an image of Ganapati, a running bull and one early painting of 1989, which is narrative in nature, where a tribal woman offers flower to a tribal man. An old man sits on the floor beside them. Above him a sarcastic cat casts a humorous look at the couple. Here the artist shows the beauty of love in the life of people near to the soil. This is an example, where the artist creates a positive attitude to life. Despite an environment of tribal folk, cubist angularity is minimal here. The artist creates his own concept of beauty. In the running bull, which was done in 2011 there is force and dynamism but no violence. In the construction of the face of the bull there is some sort of cubist angularity, but in the remaining part of the image the linear movement is the point of prime attraction.

 The remaining works are of various sorts of faces, some are mask like, some are melancholic, some appear happy and enjoy the light of life. What engages the spectators is there process of construction, their linear attributes and the conversation between linearity and chromatic exposure. With all these the artist creates multifarious expressions of life where tribal forms are synthesized with lyrical village folk forms. He thus projects an attitude and ideology of neo-primitivism.

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