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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.


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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Manifestations of the Mystique 6th May to 31st May , 2013   The present show revisits a historical moment in art history with the works of four great acclaimed Masters of Indian art: Nandalal Bose, J…

Manifestations of the Mystique

6th May to 31st May , 2013


The present show revisits a historical moment in art history with the works of four great acclaimed Masters of Indian art: Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Gopal Ghosh, and Gobardhan Ash and also makes an attempt to question a number of just stated such ‘little tested assumptions’ at a time when more mass culture has spawned its spurious harmonies. As debased modernism retreats more and more into deviance and dissonance, Aakriti Art Gallery feels the need to raise the most searching questions in these rare works of the Masters that produced our finest visual text- the collages of Nandalal Bose, sketches and paintings of Jamini Roy, Gopal Ghosh and Gobardhan Ash. The exhibition titled ‘Manifestations of the Mystique’ showcases works that  scrutinize the living art that speak from the depths of the soul and reaches out to us to a world of infinitely rich theatre of their soul; weave and re- weave a potent spell for all of who dare to share in the drama, a melody that lingers.


The mystique is put across both by suggestions and by palpable descriptions. Eventually we fuse all this knowledge to such moments in history to the present, traditions within the contemporary, change within permanence. 


The sketches, collages possess the character of revelation with an integral form; doodles done with a visionary splendor and turn out to be vivid form of metaphysical text.

The drawings here increasingly possess a lushness of lines, a perfectly studied scale and a painterly ease that suggests a rare coordination of discipline and ease. In Nanadalal’s collages the compulsiveness of the little gesture out of which they are made lends them a private, even hermetic character, where he repeatedly proclaims the neutrality and emptiness. Here the elements, images and events are of significance in the outer world and transformed so that they correspond to the mood, the motif, and the aesthetic of a work of art. These four Masters measure sensibility by these norm and sketched expressively in joyous and lyrical relationship to nature and life. Their poise is remarkable, what this eminent group here accomplishes is a discreet, satisfying mélange, each of whom is confident and possesses a sprightly distinctive approach. The creativity of these Masters that shaped our art in India a few decades back reinforces once more the belief that it is a mean of disciplining the limitless freedom of the human mind.  The accounts and language that the participants offer, make for a lively diversity of angles and satisfying narrative styles and thus becomes a rare visual experience revealing pursuits that partly reveal their intense characters as well. In any event, the effort is to bring in a greater number of variables – and establish a different take on getting back to basics.


The exhibition can be viewed from Monday to Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm excepting Sundays and is also available online at www.aakritiartgallery.com.


                                       Aakriti Art Gallery

Orbit Enclave, 1st Floor

12/3A, Hungerford Street

Kolkata – 700 017

Tel: 91 33 22893027/5041

Fax: 91 33 22895042

Email: aakritiartgallery@yahoo.com

Web: www.aakritiartgallery.com



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