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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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In the Hues of Life- Paintings by P.R.Narvekar (8th May-- 30th May)


Life is a like a palette stirred and mixed with different shades of emotions. Even if they are represented as either joy or sorrow, the in-between layers of emotions can be infinite just like the countless hues of colours that blend between the black and the white. P R Narvekar is one of the pioneer artists of our times in the country who has created an optimum quality of magnetism through his artworks inspired by the very mundane yet universal feelings of life and living, their variable shades, their uncountable emotional layers and their endless tales that lead to the progression of the human civilization. Like a palette of colours, P R Narvekar is the champion in generating the palette of life sewed with the hues of timeless beauty contrasting with the kind of a steepening opposition of invigorating darkness.   With years of experience and profound potential of execution, Narvekar has developed his own identity following a trail of tradition assimilated with the universal approach to modernity, thereby breathing new life into his local concepts and lifting them up for a global appeal. Through the creation of a particular form in the figurative style, and using two distinctive colours in monochromes, the ochre and the black, Narvekar has majestically given birth to an artist’s innermost feelings that revolve in the subconscious state of mind as well as sprout from the unconscious state of our being that is easily perceptible and identifiable by the common viewer and critically appreciated by the intellectuals. The concentrated darkness in the shade of black that form the colour tone of the figures in contrast to the yellow ochre shade of their attire, their face and the eyes can be considered as metaphors for darkness and gloominess and immense hardship that surround us at every moment yet the glistening glow in the eyes and on the faces reflect the power of cutting across all agonies and surpassing every sorrow with the greater hope of being alive and the joy of living. If the forms of Narvekar’s art have been derived from traditional folk forms, the connecting emotions that they communicate are both existing and timeless. As an artist, he is a great procreator of narratives surrounding day-to-day life and their eternal perspectives. The sense of deep longing, craving for union, pangs of loneliness and love for belongingness between a man and a woman and among the human beings are some common notes of sentimentalities that Narvekar has overtly been using yet they don’t get exhausted in either case, when watched individually as well as when viewed in a series of works. On one hand each work attempts to portray the immediate urgency of release of emotions and on the other it is an array of emotions that gets transcended to the metaphysical state of one’s existence and something truly ethereal. The elongated figures convey a prolonged wait in expectation for a greater union which can be interpreted as a kind of a cosmic feeling both in it’s essence of holding the darker and the brighter sides. The Dark Lord and his beloved become a recurring motif and subject in mundane appearances in Narvekar’s works. The beauty and enigma in the artist’s own choice of proportions not only add meanings to the core subject but also enhances the magnificence of the moments captured on the picture plane which engages a sensible viewer to draw a connectivity and admiration for both art and life. Purity of thought and efficiency of strokes make Narvekar’s artworks a brilliant combination of moments, magic and saga of human trials and triumphs.  His works also largely feature mother and child, rural men and women in different musical poses performing and dancing and cherishing different moods of livelihood. Also in his works there is an engaging aspect of acts of affection and love that spread the fragrance of harmony, composure and melodious beats in life. The constructions of forms are minimal as already stated that he has always preferred using minimum chromatic shades and tinges. Different shades of yellow and brown and black predominant each patch or stroke he devises. The atmosphere of melancholy is created by black and darker shades of brown and that is merged in the hues of yellow which brings out a relief in the painful plight like a reflective glow of the rising sun. The dawn and the dusk are the two dominant moments that overtly comes out through Narvekar’s works thereby communicating with his viewers that in life if there is light, there will be darkness; if there is joy, there will be pathos and if there is beauty, there will be unpleasantness and life has always been a combination of both. Narvekar through his unique forms has in fact led to the creation of a kind of an ideal transcendental beauty, which connects the past with the present, the time-bound with the timeless or eternal and one gets the feeling of oneness once and always whenever a Narvekar painting is hung on the wall. - See more at: http://www.aakritiartgallery.com/exhibition/details/20#sthash.gvQhF...

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