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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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A famous oil on canvas from Bikash Bhattacharjee's 'Doll series'

Born in 1940, Bhattacharya's first solo exhibition was held in Kolkata in 1965. He made a mark with his Doll Series in 1980s.

Bikash Bhattacharjee mostly depicted what he saw around him but giving it a whole new dimension and existence. His rendition of an ordinary situation is passionate and intense, charged with emotions. Bikash not only enjoyed making portraits from ordinary life but also painted characters from theatre or films. Everyday happenings were noted down realistically through art. To him art has a purpose to reach out to people, and its main aim is to communicate. He did not believe in abstraction. He felt like a photojournalist, capturing images, at times focusing it, at times changing the frame, giving new angle and at times applying his own perspective. He mastered the technique of use light. The series called Durga epitomizes women in all their strength, beauty and completeness and possessed of the third eye. He believes this to be his tribute to female power.There is a touch of humanity in Bikash?s paintings.

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Comment by yogendra kumar purohit on August 30, 2009 at 8:58pm
"Just Enjoy art with me..”

It is my only message to my all artist friend and art lover and all art visitor .
Some one ask to me why I am saying this message to all again and again..?
I want to say about it art mean is just for refreshment of mind , heart and body so why I am not tell to all this message “JUST ENJOY ART WITH ME..”
I have master in Fine Art and I have read lots of art text and art history by book and by art work visuals. and I find a one message from all art history and art visuals “Art Just for Enjoy ”but its very must if we know , what we are enjoy from our self.
I think on the word of ENJOY and I find some logic ,hereI want to share it .enjoy is a matter of inner sound of Human body, its start from a mind vision and by inner requirement of human body. I find the real mean of enjoy. It is self satisfaction from every where but when, then our Inner requirement is demanding of us.
The life live always practical and we can’t leave this life its fact. In that cash we face lots of trouble and pain of mind , body ,and in heart .its result is we face depression, sadness, mentally tired And practical life will not stop it for us. it will create it for us again and again.
So a one question is start where we go for feel free and feel light form inner side of mind and body its answer is one and only “ART ”
I think about art . art is a very big dust been it can accept your all inner zik- zek (puzzle)condition , sadness and unwanted pain of practical life.
‘ART ” the mean of wild space for full peace with full freedom. Art have the process of give and take. Art always giving the peace and freedom of heart and taking the pain of heart and pain of practical life.
“ART “ it is a journey of peace and its start from the artist, A Artist feel some Zik-Zak and some good feeling in inner side of mind and body then he create some , after visit that we are saying it is Art but actually that is activity of inner sound by some medium of earth for get freedom of inner sound by expression of artist . Artist feel Free After Express his inner motion activity by his self and after that Art is doing Start the journey in society with same process of give and take. In our human society every one are can’t express his inner sound by other medium of this earth because they are weak to mind and they don’t know how to express inner sound. They are full pack from practical life they have no time for express his /her inner sound so where they go for feel freedom and enjoy. The Art invite him and her with his /her inner pain and trouble of practical life. basically in our society we can see the art definition in visuals ,text and music. And a great art master BHART MUNI define it in a Theater and Dram in INDIA. That Theater have a new look by technology and to day we are saying it Cinema. It’s have all three art presentation in a one frame. It’s part of visual art. Some artist express his inner sound by line & color on space we are saying to that is painting(I am painter) and some one create form stone & metal with three dimension we are saying that is sculpture .its all art creation is part of visual art. Some people express his inner sound by text we are saying to him and her they are writer but A Indian philosopher Dr. Haridwari prasad Shastri have told the text is a also drawing of inner sound so we are express our inner sound with symbol by text(Drawing) and society communicate it by his /herself. Music its very freedom full medium of artist. It’s base on self sound of body with inner sound. it’s not want any medium of earth. Only music can touch your inner sound without any medium direct heart to heart.
Artist have leaved the creation of expression in society and his art invite to all the society just catch and observe the sound of art by his/her sensors in that cash they are forget his and her practical life and inner pain that’s all. It’s the real target of Art in our society. A common man when visit and listen any form of art that time his mind just think only his visit and listening topic in that moment art have done start the work of take the pain of visitor and listener, after visited the cinema , painting exhibition he feel very light because he forget his past condition before the art visit ,he had forget all and enjoy the art visuals , cinema and some music track….in his practical life time. its very tuff but art can do it in all condition. It’s art power because its very pure sound of human inner sound.
So tell me why I am not say this line to my all art lovers , visitors and to common art visitors ..JUST ENJOY ART WITH ME….! ha..

Yogendra kumar purohit

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