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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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After some of the stunned amazement had worn off and I could manage to unlock my hands from being claws gripping into my kitchen cupboards, my knees had stopped shaking with fright, and the streams of tears had slowed, practical solutions had to be thought about to what we were dealing with, how to cope, manage... organise.... research had to be done, information had to be found, comparisons had to be made to other similar bodies, an artist of comparable capacity to find a level.  We had to devise ways and means of keeping everything together and to keep it all safe so that people would be able to experience the collection/exhibition.

Every note that was written, scribbled or collected was kept togetherto be placed in archival form for later on when art historians and students became aware of our existence. The opportunity of being able to study the evolution of how this body was developed and formed into what it is when it is finaslly allowed to be placed in the public arena and the people/humanity finally get to see it.

In the area where it was created, and where I live, there are a fair amount of house robberies and thefts, being aware of this fact, bneing aware of the area, what happens in your own community, that there are people who are expressing their emotional pain and striking out at the world, but, I never wanted this collection to become a part of anyone's anger or rage, to be a target, to be a focal point for any act of destruction.

I am one of the poor, and have no way to defend myself or this exhibition, limited by a lack of funds ( which is a common circumstance to many)

unable to buy a security alarm system, which would also signal there was something to hide and of value.......

another form of protection had to be devised.

Almost everyone has a natural aversion to any person they percieve to be angry, expressive of dissatisfaction, emotional tantrums......anything that gives the idea that intruding when there are domestic disputes in progress is stepping over the bounds of civility.......people avoid,people after all have been taught to be timid,

that any intrusion may be subject to violence.

So in my house the fine art of acting and roleplaying was employed.


Giving a false impression rather than reality.....

of having everyone think of our house as the neighbours from hell,

coming from a family of storytellers and actors, it was relatively easy to accomplish,

yes..... we had a few hiccups overcoming our own embarrassment of having people think of us in this way,

but, we always kept in mind the bigger picture. A carefully contrived impression that was effectively employed and successful.  Days spent researching and information gathering, seeing to family needs, creating, and then every now and again throw in a squabble, try not to smile or put a light tone to your voice, and not to take yourself too seriously after all.....it's acting.

I continued my creating leaning against the door of the living room/lounge or on the floor, if the piece was small enough to be held then I would sit on the couch and complete it there. between paint drying there was housework to be done.

And the amount of creations has grown, continually always grown as I always do more and more.


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