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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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What can art offer you? Apart from material benefits I mean.
How do you feel when you create?
Is Art a way of living after all?
I've read a book about Art therapy in seniors; art is healing.

Your views?

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As an artist what i feels is that art something more than just material benefits ....
its more like a thinking process , or you can say its the channel with which i execute my thoughts and what i adopts from my surroundings ....i read art therapy as wel and belives its gives one a strenght and motivate alot ,,, its all depends how you carry your way of living with art....
for me art is more a healing processes not for individuals but for societies ...
Hi Sadia,
Thanks for stopping by...I agree with you-art is good for everyone, regardless age and should be incorporated in communities. This month I visited quite a few art events locally and met interesting people. Some of them were willing to talk about Art and their personal views. I will host some on my blog at http://lianaskerkyra.blogspot.com
Hi Shashi,
thanks for contributing. Out art journey is a non stop one, it's a way of life for most of us...some people just can't realize how important it is to create, the joy of creation...the satisfaction of the soul-for it is the soul we need to satisfy...I'd like to try spiritual art, to see how it feels. Do you listen to music when you create or do you prefer silence?
Hi again,
yes, it is great to be in contact-at least we can have virtual chats...well, I seem to be passionate about art because I always feel good when I paint-and to tell you the truth I had abandoned art for a couple of years because of my real job; I used to run a Language school, great responsibility. I am glad I don;t have it any more! Now I have time to do many things that I like.
Which is your real job?
I met an artist here who paints listening to Jazz-he is over 80 but very active. I normally listen to a local radio station-maybe you can try it via the site www.liferadio.gr
It's pop music non stop.
You obviously love writing-I once tried poetry but then I changed my mind-I prefer painting and writing fiction mostly as I can create my own realm. This is important in the materialistic world we live. (However, I write interviews and non fiction articles for a local paper-but I enjoy it too)We must have a way out...When I said a way of living I didn't mean only to live on art but use art every day in life-as an aid maybe? Art feeds the internal self-as writing and other arts do.

Another issue you mention:
Mmm, I prefer nature, not ruins-of course the past is full of secrets and can be exciting, and in Greece we have so many ancient monuments -we take them for granted! I love learning about new cultures, I think everyone should get to know other peoples' customs-it is very interesting.

Our messages get too long!
Ah, I can see that..from your photos. They are beautiful...I love nature too and used to spend a lot of time in my little village on the mountain (well, it's a hill more or less)but currently we live in town-it's more practical and handy. Our town is small and quiet, nothing to do with big cities, and I walk along the bay every evening. You can see the bay here
it's on the cover of the kindle book.

People here eat lots of fish and fresh veggies-there's an open market every day.
I've seen pictures of India in films-it's a different world, yet the people are the same everywhere.
have you traveled out of India?
Right, I agree with you Ana. Our experiences show on our work-the same applies to writing-a novel involves the author's experiences in some way. Thanks for commenting.
I am sending an email now.
I haven't been to India-a friend of mine has.
Yes, art helps you overcome several things like depression, frustration, stress etc. I added a discussion on this on my network http://www.artlab.ning.com group-- Research
Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa
Thank you for your input! And your link too.
Yes art is definitely healing! I am a mystic artist and am very particular about the colours I use,because colour has a therapeutic value they individually possess.When I paint,I begin to see creation taking shape;and that truly lightens the soul.I was happto hear that Aakriti art gallery had joined with a local gallery in Hyderabad for a joint effort.Wish you the very best,PRINCE
Thanks Prince, I have read about color therapy. This is all very interesting!


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