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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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September 2012 Blog Posts (7)

Exposition - GenNext

For several years now, Aakriti Art Gallery at Hungerford Street, has been hoisting a 'GenNext' exposition. One must thank Vikram Bachhawat, his wife and elder brother for their endeavour. Actually Vikram's father is a poet and his mother a painter. His ventures are entrenched in his blood.…


Added by Abhishek Mondal on September 29, 2012 at 2:29pm — No Comments

GenNext - An Overview

The present day art has extended its sphere beyond our expectation. We visualize different art forms innovated by the artists displayed in the shows. Broadly speaking there are three types of artist. Some artists are purely traditional, where as others emerged new language blending tradition with modernity. The last but not the least group pave quite different way deviating from the above mentioned two groups. In their creativity a radical break with the past…


Added by Abhishek Mondal on September 28, 2012 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Aakriti Art Gallery - GenNext

Some communities of the temperate climatic zone celebrate the October-fest as thanks-giving for what the land gives through the fruitful months of the year, before the onset of harsh and barren winter. In our largely tropical country with long scorching summer and unpredictably whimsical monsoon of woes. October comes as a relief before the short and bracing winter of rabi harvest. In the ancient and medieval India royal armies would set out for autumnal…


Added by Abhishek Mondal on September 27, 2012 at 3:13pm — No Comments

GenNext VI

The works that include multimedia installations to canvases here are responses to some pressing cultural and historical needs of the time we live in. Images here unfold themselves creating tropes of awareness, accelerating the assimilation of what environmental experiences have to offer to these artists in concentrated form. Some are the holders of French passports, overwhelmed by the sense of an outsider in a presence, exacerbated by never knowing the proper…


Added by Abhishek Mondal on September 26, 2012 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Between GenNext V & VI - Art Activities at Kolkata and Aakriti

The exhibition titled GenNext is being held at Aakriti Gallery in October every year since 2006. It projects the works of new generation of young artists and reflects the future of our contemporary art. Since the first GenNext in the catalogue of the show we have made an endeavor to project an outline of the art activities…


Added by Abhishek Mondal on September 25, 2012 at 4:21pm — No Comments


In the last two three decades there has been an increase in mixed media works ,and many a material are being tried by artists of younger generations specially., for there innovative expressions. The trend also has been of not only to display works, but to install them at…


Added by Abhishek Mondal on September 24, 2012 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Limited edition original prints to be auctioned


With the growing demand of limited edition prints the world over Aakriti Art Gallery has organized a selection of prints to be auctioned using artprice.com portal. The auction starts from 8th September and the final hammer will…


Added by Rituparna Chatterjee on September 5, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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