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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.

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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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Ramkumar - Lines & Colours

Event Details

Ramkumar - Lines & Colours

Time: January 30, 2016 at 6:30pm to February 28, 2016 at 7pm
Location: Aakriti Art Gallery
Street: F 213/A Old M B Road. Lado Sarai.
City/Town: Delhi 110030
Website or Map: http://www.aakritiartgallery.…
Phone: +91 11 46130500
Event Type: art, exhibition
Organized By: Aakriti Art Gallery
Latest Activity: Feb 27, 2016

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Event Description

Aakriti Art Gallery proudly presents the 'moods' of lines and colours in Ramkumar's small format works, done on paper with ink/pastel, over five decades or so. The exhibition will travel to Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata and will be first shown as a collateral event of India Art Fair in the Delhi Aakriti Art Gallery at Lado Sarai in January. The show has been created by well known poet and art critic Prayag Shukla, a close associate of Ram Kumar. The idea is to celebrate and focus on such works which differ to a large extent from the bigger works done on canvas with oil and acrylic and are singular in their approach and intent. In these small format works, which are of a rare kind, and largely unseen so far, the viewer is invited to absorb more intimately, a journey of the artist which traverses, paths, bridges, mountain- like heights and vistas of a mental cape (signifying landscapes as well) in all their dark, white, grey and bright hues. The drawings and pastel works are like diaries of the artist, literally done on Bahikhatas (account books) where a certain 'contextual' mood is charted, followed and spontaneously documented, leaf after leaf, in sensitive, live-wire like lines and colours, which are truly sensitizing and illuminating. The way the lines and colours 'proceed' at times hesitantly, and at another point affirmatively, is aesthetically satisfying and cerebrally exciting.

These works have directly come from the artist to the gallery, and range from 1960s to the present. Ram Kumar excels in ink and pastels, and here we appreciate all the ingredients as much as we appreciate the content and intent of the works. The 'leafs' of Bahikhatas, when seen both individually, as well as collectively, whisper softly to us, in a communion which is willfully positive and brings to us a feel of sublime and peace. The momentous 'churning' of emotions and visual experiences here, marvel in a search of beauty and synergy, to enthrall and captivate our gaze for long.

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