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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”…


Source:The Telegraph Wednesday 2nd April 2014

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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Artetc. news & views January 2011 issue is now available

Welcome dear reader to the New Year, with yet another new thought from the editorial desk of artetc. news & views. After the enthusiastic response with which you had accepted our last two issues on Cutting Edge Art Practices in India, we thought it would be a refreshing diversion to take a close look at some of India’s most successful Modern Masters.

Coincidentally, most of them emerged from what is now known to be one of the most successful art movements in the country—namely the Bombay Progressive Artists Group. Right from the highest auction record holder in Indian art—S H Raza, to the most well-known faces of Indian modern masters, F N Souza and M F Husain, to Tyeb Mehta, they have all been a part of this movement either as founding fathers or joining later. Incidentally, the Bombay Progressive Artists Group was formed in the same year that India gained her Independence, and as if by natural progression, it was the members of this group that brought the typical modern Indian identity to the erstwhile heavily Western inspired or folk/tradition dominated artistic expressions that was the mainstay of art emerging out of the Indian subcontinent. Souza’s expressionist style, Husain’s pop-art leanings and Raza’s abstractions set the tone of how modern Indian artistic expressions will address and communicate with the rest of the world, while keeping their originality intact and rooted to the country and ethos of their origin.

The Bombay Progressives were thus an important group of artists in modern India, and naturally we have decided to look at them over the stretch of two subsequent issues—this one and the next. In the January issue we examine those who started it all—Raza, Souza, Husain, Ara, Gade and Bakre—their styles, their life as well as their market demands in the context of the auction floors the world over.

We are really thankful to Prof. Ratan Parimoo who has kindly consented to being the guest editor. We also extend our thanks to Dr Manisha Patil, Dr Nalini Bhagwat, Dr Nuzhat Kazmi, Haimanti Dutta Ray, Snehal Tambulwadikar and to the guest editor himself for agreeing to and taking time out of their busy schedules to contribute to this issue.

An added attraction is the series of letters from Souza sent to Vinod Bhardwaj which are published for the first time together in this issue.

Please write to us and let us know of your reactions to this effort of ours, as you have always done. Wish you a very happy New Year.

Please visit our website www.artnewsnviews.com

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