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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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GenNext VIII – A Gamut of Visual Experience : Vikram Bachhawat


“What is creation? It is making of new life. If what is made is not new, it is imitation containing no element of novelty to stimulate attention. If it is not fully alive, it can transmit only a feeble anaemic message to others. For, the thrill of the artist’s creative act must of necessity be transmitted to his audience as a sort of reflection from the image he has created.”-          Pran Nath Mago

GenNext inspired by the novelty of imagination of young creative minds has become synonymous to that platform where the creator gets connected directly with his/her viewer and invites for the dialogue process to set not just an aesthetic discourse, but also a political, social and cultural space for intellectual communication and sharing. GenNext VIII has been designed to gear up with the spirit of contemporary art by a brigade of fifteen young dynamic artists from different corners of India and neighbouring countries like Bangladesh & Sri Lanka, out of a thousand of entrants who crave to be a part of this unique and most-coveted platform of new generation art.

After seven successful editions of GenNext as the annual event of Aakriti Art Gallery that was always celebrated in Kolkata in the month of October, now moves out of the City of Joy to the National Capital of the country, New Delhi in its all-new premises of Aakriti Art Gallery at Lado Sarai. This year, GenNext is stirred with a much bigger innovative spirit, novel spree and set to go gaga over new motifs, minimal trends, experimental ideas a with  a touch of classical nuances in different art forms that is quite contemporary in its caliber and execution, thought and approach. Breaking brackets and binaries, these young competent artists have explored many a things that will add a new dimension to the world of visual arts. As GenNext significantly carries the emblematical vision to identify, select, showcase and promote young budding artists year after year who otherwise get ignored in the host of eminent and established artists, it is the platter where an artist can grow and make his/her own niche, get the glitter of popularity and the critical assessment for further refinement of artistic language and development of worldly perception.

The other unique proposition of GenNext VIII is the Art Residency program that will be held together by Bachhawat Foundation and KHOJ- International Artists’ Association where two artists will be finally selected from GenNext and given one of the best opportunities in the country to practice art under this residency program. GenNext has always taught us that there is no turning back or giving up under any circumstance, even in all odds and most adverse situations. We’ve promised to excel, we’ve kept it intact ever and always and now we look forward to bring about a change…

Making a difference has already been established in our journey of GenNext in all these years, but now we know that time has come that we entirely breed a new denomination in the field of visual arts that marks a nation’s pride in the global vintage… and let’s round it up, GenNext is all about it!



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