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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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Recollections from 2013 at Aakriti Art Gallery -Prasanta Daw



                Over the past few years, the commercial art market in India was deeply affected by the global recession.  Inspite of the dismal state of the Indian Art maket, Aakriti Art Gallery continued to thrive and established itself as one of the important galleries in the country.


            Over the past one year Aakriti has done commendable activities. One of their many endeavours is to keep the spirit of Modern Indian Art alive. Founded by Abanindranath Tagore, Bengal School is considered a significant movement in Indian art. Bengal. Unfortunately the names of the masters of Bengal school are vanishing into oblivion. Aakriti Art Gallery has been instrumental in promoting works of this genre. Works of the Bengal School are emphasised through online and gallery exhibitions. Aakriti hopes that this endeavour would quench the thirst of many inquisitive art lovers.


            The art of sculpting has a long and glorious history in India.  The brilliant tradition flows successively to the modern age. The conditions the sculptors face in India are often dismal for casting their sculptures. Casting is a method of shaping metal by melting and pouring it into a mould. Though in many countries it has become a large modern industry, and is done in big plants called foundries. But regrettably in India, and particularly in West Bengal castings are being done in an unorganized and uncertain manner, and as a result sculptors face tremendous problems. However, at this juncture, Aakriti has come forward to establish a permanent casting foundry at Bachhawat foundation estate, located at Madhupur, P.O. Badu of 24 Parganas (North). Bachhawat Foundation is the brain child of Mr. Manik Bhachhawat and family was founded in 15th of December 2013. It’s a huge composite area, in one corner of which foundry has been installed under a permanent concrete structure. Aakriti promises to provide all round casting facilities from senior to junior sculptors. In the meantime as a mark of the opening a three days casting workshop was held there successfully.


            Bachhawat Foundation had launched a programme in association with The Calcutta Turf Club at Calcutta Race Course on 29th March, 2014, with the active support of Aakriti Art Gallery. It is needless to say that Bachhawat Foundation and Aakriti Art Gallery are synonyms. However, this novel performance was comprised of art workshop and exhibitions, auction and music, which was truly exciting. Furthermore, eight horse race winners were presented bronze sculpture trophy, executed by the eminent sculptors like Shankar Ghosh, Niranjan Pradhan, Tapas Sarkar, Bimal Kundu , Pankaj Panwar, Sunil  Kumar Das, Goutam Das and Akhil Chandra Das. In addition, viewers have enjoyed the portrayal of diverse moods and movements of horses in line and colour done by Prokash karmakar, Sunil Das, Aditya Basak, Wasim Kapoor, Samir Aich, Chandra Bhattacharya, Sekhar Roy, Atin Basak, Chatrapati Dutta, Arindam Chatterjee to name a few. Geo Stubbs, Edgar Degas, Toulouse Lautrec, Maqbul Fida Hussain, Nikhil Biswas, Sunil Das are some of the renowned painters who have captured the strength and peerless anatomy of the horses in their paintings. However, no doubt that it is an unprecedented event, in the sense clubbing together to art and aesthetic with the thrilling enthusiasm of horse race.


Aakriti Art Gallery’s activities included ‘winter prelude’, ‘tangential traverse’, and one man show of P.R. Narvekar as well as Ramkumar. One of the most senior, celebrated painter Ramkumar’s  pen and ink early abstract  drawings on paper leads to a certain unexplored area of  visual art language. This stimulative show was curated by Prayag Shukla. On the opening day of this exhibition i.e on 1st August 2014 Aakriti also launched their new website  also.


Besides above mentioned programmes Aakriti has organized multidimensional events round the year, and there are a few more in their agenda to be performed in the near future. One of the most significant of that is GEN NEXT which became widely popular across the country and abroad. This programme put a lot of emphasis on promoting young generation artist’s in many ways. It takes place every year in the month of October, as a mark of Aakritis foundation day. This year this prestigious show is going to be held at Aakriti’s newly opened gallery in New Delhi.



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