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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.


Aakriti Art Gallery

(A unit of Chisel Craft Pvt Ltd)

 Orbit Enclave, First Floor

 12/3A, Picasso Bithi (Hungerford Street)

 Kolkata-700 017   


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Why would an artist take the pain of painting if he can click a shot and create art. The gap that remains between photography and photorealism is that, photography binds us to capture what we see before us. It only allows the liberty in changing the angles, hence the points of view. But art gives one, the liberty to shape the vision, shown by nature to ones own.

The clear articulation of Sagar Bhowmick’s work speaks for the effectiveness of the style itself. Reality of the artist’s mind does not converse with the viewer by the multilayered expressionist opaqueness. But it takes us back to the tradition of cave paintings when man imitated nature, to preserve memories of their habits and habitat. The difference is the intellect of a 21st century artist’s mind and a prehistoric cave dweller’s mind. The subject has changed from memories of habitat to the memories of identity. The identity of an individual , with its tints and shades.

The idea of freedo

m echoes repeatedly in Sagar Bhowmick’s work. As if they ask the question, are we free, to see, look and think? Above everything, to live? Can anybody really move out of one’s contemporary cultural hegemony and think beyond the line of control? Again it is the question of curbing the freedom of an individual by one’s own self and by the society. Possibly that is the reason he needed photorealism as his medium. He wanted to change the lights and angles shown by nature and wanted to light them up himself and make the viewer find the difference.  For instance in his work, But for the grace of God 1, he relates the existence of God for the underprivileged. The fatalist approach to life, is shown through the beggar’s life, who lives on alms granted by people by chance or pity. We relate to God by his miracles, but this work portrays it through his injustice. 

A Scene from Childhood is shown in blue as a distant joy of innocence and the joy of being free to fulfill wishes. In  The Onlooker, he breaks the cliché of people gathering around and enjoying  a scene of quarrel. He assigns that role to a sparrow. Though it appears passive to us, but the bird not passive to itself. Again the question of freedom of expression comes up in this context.

The works force us to think about the highly communicative heroes of the world of the artist. The photographs transform themselves to individual symbols, thereby strengthening the process of osmosis in the border of illusion and reality.





You can find more of his works at http://www.aakritiartgallery.com/works.php?id=336.

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