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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 requiem, a prayer, a song’- An exhibition by contemporary artists

‘A requiem, a prayer, a song’, an exhibition of works by contemporary  artists is an elegy to collective pain of humanity.  They evoke a sense of melancholy, a sense of the fading song, the desperate prayer. All that remains to be sung is the requiem.  The exhibition would be curated by Ina Puri, dedicated to the legendary artist Rajendra Dhawan. The exhibition hosted by Aakriti Art Gallery, Delhi would be held from 31st January-28 February’ 2015.…


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The gradual evolution of Modernism in India in the post-independence era is also a unique tale of artistic endeavours, unending struggles and progression of vision against all odds by the artists to give birth to and deliver their individualistic language/s in art that made them the great Masters of Indian art of the twentieth century. The artworks of these Masters thus stand on their own to mark the emblematic journeys of each creator and the empowerment and enlightenment they could attain…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on January 20, 2015 at 5:12pm — No Comments

A Yank’s Memories of Calcutta & Memorabilia

Kolkata formerly Calcutta is a city shrouded in time warp basking in its earlier glory as the former capital of the country. Established in 1690, the city has ben immortalized time and again over the past three centuries, through art and litrature. Artists and photographers and writers have often embarked on a journey to reveal the mysteries of Calcutta. Many an adjective has been used to capture the essence of the city. Some romanticize the idea of Calcutta calling it,’Jewel of the East’, ‘…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on December 15, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

‘A Yank’s Memory of Calcutta’- An exhibition of sixty gelatin silver prints by Clyde Waddell

Kolkata formerly Calcutta is a city shrouded in time warp basking in its earlier glory as the former capital of the country. Established in 1690, the city has ben immortalized time and again over the past three centuries, through art and litrature. Artists and photographers and writers have often embarked on a journey to reveal the mysteries of Calcutta. Many an adjective has…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on November 25, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Artist Residencies at Bachhawat Estate during the month of November

Bachhawat Foundation is a not for profit organization dedicated to literature, art and culture. Set in the serene atmosphere of suburban Kolkata at Badu, providing equipments and opportunity for artist, printmakers and sculptors to channelize their creative energies. The foundation has been instrumental in hosting art camps and workshops. The state of the art sculpture and printmaking studio provides for a rare opportunity for the artist to practice their craft.

The Bachhawat…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on October 30, 2014 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Veteran Indian Artist Ramkumar to celebrate his 90th birthday

Abandoning his stringent-abstractionist persona, Ramkumar declares himself as an amorist of the landscape. The true object of his art is not to render the landscape, but to love it: the true subject of his art is the landscape as Beloved.’- Ranjit Hoskote

Ramkumar, one of the most prolific names in Indian contemporary art, born in 1924, would be celebrating his…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on October 20, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Recollections from 2013 at Aakriti Art Gallery -Prasanta Daw



                Over the past few years, the commercial art market in India was deeply affected by the global recession.  Inspite of the dismal state of the Indian Art maket, Aakriti Art Gallery continued to thrive and established itself as one of the important galleries in the country.


            Over the past one year Aakriti has done commendable activities. One of their many endeavours is to keep the spirit of Modern Indian…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on October 10, 2014 at 7:15pm — No Comments


Contemporary – the word retains its relevance through every era in history. The spatial-temporal context of the subjects being dealt with, distinguishes contemporary art from the art of by-gone eras. Though it gives us an impression that the art of the present context is being termed as Contemporary Art – well it could be the other name for Modern Art, yet ‘contemporary’ in art can always be something present in any conjuncture of history as per its own application and pertinence. But when…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on October 4, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments


Gen-Next exhibition is a project of Aakriti Gallery to find and showcase the new direction of the contemporary art by the younger generation of artists below forty of our country. The first Gen-Next show was held in 2006 from October 1 to 15 to celebrate the first anniversary of the gallery formed in 2005. In the introduction to the exhibition Vikram Bachhawat, the director  of the gallery, wrote: ‘The show brings together a mélange of image and expressions that are compelling, engaging and…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on September 30, 2014 at 6:56pm — No Comments

Locating the New Synergy - Prayag Shukla

With each new generation a new synergy comes to the artistic endeavours, and this synergy needs to be located, presented, documented and encouraged so that its manifestations are not lost, and it gets a new boost. Precisely this is what the ‘GenNext’ shows have been doing for the past several years with much care and concern.  Each year, we look forward to this show mounted and well documented by Aakriti Art Gallery in Kolkata. This year the exhibition would be…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on September 29, 2014 at 12:42pm — No Comments

The World is Only a Fable - Nanak Ganguly

“…the world as such is only a fable. A fable is something which is told, having no existence outside the tale. The world is something which is told, an event that is narrated; it is therefore an interpretation. Religion, art, science, history, are so many diverse interpretations of the world, or rather, so many variants of the fable”.…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on September 27, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

GenNext VIII comes to Delhi for the first time.


One of the key initiatives of Aakriti Art Gallery is the constant search for unexplored territories in modern contemporary art beyond boundaries. Over the past ten years Aakriti has thrived to provide a platform for fresh young artists whose works reflect originality and resonate a voice for the new generation of artists.

GenNext, the annual show was conceived in 2006 to create a platform for young artists to showcase their talents. The past seven…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on September 17, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Furniture and Decorative art exhibition at Legacy 8th-30th September’2014

“Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is as important as how we have lived.”

Decorative artifacts and period furniture add a personality to your home.  These objects serve as a trip down memory lane.  In a modern home, these objects add a sense of aesthetic and beauty. Each piece has a story, a song of nostalgia along with it.The upcoming exhibition of…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on September 2, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Hyacinth Shadows- Turning a plate into transient Beauty

The process of printmaking is an intensive process; forms originate from crevices, transforming ink blots into a creation of rare beauty. Each print retains an element of originality, rather than being photographic reproductions. The variables intrinsic to the printmaking process deem every print as an ‘original. A unique image is created through the unique process. Aakriti Art Gallery Delhi presents’ Hyacinth Shadows’, a collection of rare prints of masters and young upcoming talent.…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on August 30, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

"Indigenous Identity"

An online exhibition showing the extension of the forms of neo-Indian school in contemporary art of Bengal

Curated by Mrinal Ghosh

1-30th of September


Whether art caters for indigenous identity is a debatable question. Particularly to-day in the age of…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on August 25, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

‘Indigenous Identities’ 1st -30th September


An indigenous identity to visual art, in the current world of pluralities and multiple identities is a debatable question. Visual art transcends linguistic barriers and speaks a common tongue, giving a voice to communities to express their cultural histories. Due to this rootedness or difference in traditional set up every community or nation is…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on August 9, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Affordable September Art Fair

"Art is everywhere, except it has to pass through a creative mind."

The seductive and vibrant colours of a painting demand your attention; it takes you to the artist’s world which is a chaotic universe, yet is calming nevertheless. Art is what beholds in the eyes of onlooker, which might seem as an endless road to some, the start of a journey to another or an endless road. The pursuit of owning great works of art should not be limited. The pleasure of living with, and savoring great…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on August 8, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Furniture and Decorative arts exhibition at Legacy

The present is often not enough for the romantic; the bygone era has a certain appeal to it. The obvious appeal of arts and collectibles is that they tell a certain story and transports the owner to a more perfect world from the past. ‘Legacy’ is the house of decorative arts, collectibles and hand crafted furniture in Kolkata. The new exhibition of furniture and decorative arts at Legacy is a tribute to nostalgia and beauty. It would feature timeless objects of decorative art of bygone eras…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on August 5, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Discussion on the life and works of Ramkumar

The ongoing exhibition at Aakriti Art Gallery,’ Drawings of Ramkumar’ features previously un-exhibited works by the eminent artist made during the early 60s. The show was curated by Sri Prayag Shukla and was inaugurated by Gagan Gill, sister in law of the artist. The gallery hosted a discussion on the life and works of Ramkumar on 2nd August’ 2014.The interactive session was moderated by Sri Prayag Shukla. The speakers included Pranab Ranjan Ray, Nanak Ganguly, Jawahar Goel and…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on August 4, 2014 at 3:49pm — No Comments

Launching of New Website

Aakriti Art Gallery believes in representing a broad spectrum of visual language , style and concepts to reach out to the art community and beyond. It has always been our endeavor to increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of art forms.

 With this idea in mind the new website has been constructed to equip the art lover . The new updated website along with the collection has several new sections which would include ‘Collectors Corner’, ‘Evaluate’, ‘Deal’, ' Affordable…


Added by Aakriti Art Gallery on July 29, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

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