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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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Drawings of Ramkumar
Multiple Happenings in a Meditative Space

Drawings of Ramkumar, done in pen and ink, on paper, have a mesmerizing presence, with a substance, which touches our heart and mind, the moment we fix our gaze at them. The lines, with an immediacy of their own, start taking us to a journey, and alert us with each drawing, that we will be experiencing a visually, as well intellectually stimulating sojourn. The lines do not seem to represent any particular object, or figure, in an abstract mode, but are in themselves witnesses or vehicles, through which certain ‘passing’ moments are being captured intently, and are being transmitted, to us like a telegraphic message. Thus, these lines make us curious, and encourage us to view them intensely assuring us that the intensity of our gaze will be rewarded aesthetically, and the movement of the lines, will go on creating an enchanting rhythm within ourselves. These lines may not necessarily refer to any musical ‘mode’ but have also a ‘musical’ pattern of their own, which is not to be missed.

The drawings belong to the celebrated ‘Varanasi phase’ of Ramkumar’s career, which transformed his ‘figurative period’ into a non-representational one, and his paintings moved towards ‘abstract’ landscapic forms and images, where colors also started playing a sensuous, luminous role, and evoked many a memories and emotions in the viewer. Yet, these drawings of the same early sixties period have a different tale to tell. Here no landscape, how so ever abstract, is being formed; instead what one finds in these drawings is that they create in themselves a ‘demographic’ statement of the sensations and thought and ideas, which may have been in the artist’s mind, while he was creating these works. Thus the ultimate formations, created in these drawings of criss-cross and ‘merging’, ‘submerging’ lines, have a ‘reality’ of their own, which attracts us. And we want to come back to them again and again. Sheer beauty, and refined shape of thin, and not so thin lines, is captivating, and even without ‘distilling’ any signifiers from them, we can rejoice in their aesthetic substance itself. These drawings form separate areas, then create their own ‘bridges’ which join them. Thus in the sojourn a viewer, passes through many winding and unwinding paths, and bridges. the drawings are in black & white only, with shades of greys; and without attempting any consciously done tonal variations, Ramkumar succeeds each time in giving an organic and natural look to these drawings. This aspect of Ramkumar’s drawings, subtly transmits into us a Saundarya of a rare quality.

Some of the drawings show the traces of architectural constructs, and some images, shapes and figures emerge in certain drawings, some contain a geometrical familiarity, but even these have a germinal essence of their own; and do not seem to carry any external Weight of ‘seen’ objects. A lightness of being pervades here, yet, this lightness has the capacity to carry in it, a ‘discourse’ and dialogues created out of the lines, to remember and to be taken forward.

Ramkumar has observed once: “An artist shows the entry point to his creative world and the rest depends on the onlooker, what he sees, feels and interprets. He has to make an effort to find for himself what he is seeking and what the artist wants him to see”.

‘The entry point’ in these drawings is not ordained, in-fact there are multiple entry points, and one may seek entry from any angle and from any spot of these drawings – this is one more quality of the ultimate ‘structure’ these creations have to offer. This makes these drawings truly ‘open ended’; there are no barricades or divisions as such, and the eyes have an easy access to the any area, any spot they would like to rest for a while, and rejoice in the marvelous formations of their choice.

Ramkumar has in-fact created here a meditative space by the use of lines, where one can also build and re-build one’s own space to p

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