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From the world of visual arts to performing arts, and from music to contemporary dance, this space will give you detailed insight into several artists’ practice and performing arts luminaries.

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Ranjan Kaul’s art speaks of the lives of the ordinary. He brings out stories of people around him, very simply. The characters in his works are real people around him, like a rickshawala waiting for his customers or a group of card players immersed in a game… And through his style, he brings out the dilemma and mood of each of these characters, almost as if a story was being told. A self-taught artist, who started painting very early in ...
Ravinder Reddy
Internationally renowned artist G Ravinder Reddy opened his solo show at The Gallery, RMZ Ecoworld in Bangalore on July 9. This is his first in over a decade and brings together, a selected compilation of 18 of his sculptures and other works created through three decades of his artistic career, showcasing influences and explorations during the early, intermediate and recent phases of his work. The show is on till September 9. You are having this solo exhibition after a long ...
Amrish Malvankar
An architect with over decade of experience, Amrish Malvankar harboured a deep appreciation for the aesthetical beauty in the functional designs he creates. As a child, he felt a natural inclination towards the fine arts, a fascination that he now places out on large canvases. As his show opened at Chitra Kala Parishath today, ACF caught up with this artist. 1. An architect turned artist, how did that happen? As a child, I had keen interest in art. My family ...
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Sumedha Sah, a Mumbai-based architect and self-taught artist, is reviving the art of letter writing through her initiative The Snail Mail Project. When did you start The Snail Mail Project? The Snail Mail project had been brewing inside my head for a few years and when I moved to Bombay two years ago, to work as an Architect and pursue my artist residency at IIT. I found the perfect time, place and opportunity to start it. What makes the project ...
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Growing up in an environment where every nook and corner of the house bathed in the sound of music and dinner conversation steered around ‘taals’ and ‘raags’, it would have been difficult for Ujwal Nagar to stay away from the overwhelming influence of music. So even if, the Hindustani classical vocalist admits “he initially didn’t have any inclination”, it was his mother, Urmila Nagar, a renowned Kathak and Hindustani music exponent, who sat with him and taught him a tarana ...
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17-year-old young photographer Shreya Khanna debuted with her exhibition “Rewind held recently in New Delhi. It was an exhibition of personal travel memories, photographed by Shreya, showcasing photographs influenced by her captivation towards nature and wildlife through her travels to Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, East Africa. Her fondness for architecture and design came alive through pictures from her visit to Angkor Wat (Cambodia), the largest religious monument in the world. When did you pick your first camera? I ...
Zila Khan
She is gregarious, audacious and an ardent protector of her culture. Sufi legend Zila Khan is the first and only female singer from her Gharana. The leading Sufi singer of the new millenium hails from a lineage of 7 generations of legendary musicians and 4 generations of recorded music. Khan has successfully established herself in a mould of her gharana and yet is independent from that of her celebrated father the legendary Sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan. In an exclusive ...
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In its narrow room inside Aspinwall House, a giant egg occupies its space so wholly that it seemingly leaves little room for observers to doubt its intent, or even move about for that matter. And yet, the sculpture – aptly named ‘Garbh’ – is pregnant with meaning. Composed of vibhuti (holy ash) coated over a metal support frame, the egg – created by Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) 2016 participating artist G.R. Iranna – is not merely an allusion to the cycle of life ...
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A textile artist who embroiders and writes, Gopika Nath threads her syllables into poetry, creative non-fiction and the odd art review. Her stitch journal www.gopikanathstitchjournal.blogspot.comlends a whole new dimension to the art of embroidery, augmented by her research and writing about different embroideries of the world. A Fulbright Scholar, alumnus of Central St. Martins School of Art and Design [UK], Gopika has recently left the chaos of Gurgaon to live and work in Goa. Excerpts from an interview with her: You wear several hats  — that ...
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Carpe diem with Shuchi Muley, one of 107 artists who hand-painted scenes for ‘Loving Vincent’ All of 34, representational oil painter Shuchi Muley has already made her mark in international art and cinema — Bengaluru-based Shuchi has just returned to India after working as a painter and animator for the much talked about international movie Loving Vincent. Created by Oscar-winning studios BreakThruFilms and Trademark Films, it is the world’s first fully painted feature film and, as the name suggests, delves ...
Artist Bhajju Shyam
Bhajju Shyam is a master Gond artist who has illustrated more than ten books, which have been translated into four languages. His best known book, “London Jungle Book” has alone sold more than 30,000 copies. He has many awards to his credit: In 2001, he received a state award for Best Indigenous Artist (Madhya Pradesh), CRESCER Magazine 30 Best Children’s Book Award Brazil in 2011 and the Ojas Art Award in 2015. Tell us about your journey in the field ...
Ankush Dewesar
Ankush Dewesar is a Delhi-based professional lifestyle photographer. He is the third-generation photographer, with an experience of seven years in the field of photography. He is the founder of ‘Chasing Light Fotography’, the photo company known for creative and innovative photographic concepts. Since 2009, under the banner of his illustrious photo company he has photographed quixotic pre-wedding shoots, exquisite and luxurious weddings all across India, incredible interiors, top-notch architectural projects, intellectual editorials and everything else that captures his imagination and ...
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Artist Pallav S Chander’s solo show of paintings, titled “A Painter’s Symphony” at Gallery Art’est, Sohna Road mainly focuses upon bringing out his own autobiographical experiences into a form of visual connection between himself and the audience. Been Diagnosed with dyslexia and Adhd, art has been more of a therapy for him, and the imagery within his works are more of an unusual observation of society, rather than a judgement or a statement. Excerpts from an interview with the artist:  ...
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Veteran Indian photographer Raghu Rai in a candid conversation shares about his early days as a photographer, his eternal affection for India, his love for digital cameras and spell mantras for young photographers A donkey had set you off to become a photographer. How did this happen? (laughs) Accidents do happen. I never had any plans to become a photographer. I just took a camera from my elder brother S Paul and went with another photographer friend to click some ...
Debasish Mukherjee
Artist Debasish Mukherjee’s recent works reflect his concern for heritage. In his debut show he reconstructs architectures and objects from his past in order to raise questions around preservation and neglect. Donning the hat of a museum curator, a Bangla poet and a thoughtful artist, Mukherjee expresses his emotions in diverse mediums. How did you start your journey in art? Like any other kid I too used to fill my notebook with random drawings, but with time it became a serious hobby and by the ...
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Origami artist Ankon Mitra makes you see origami with new eyes, as an art form, not just children’s craft to make boats, birds and aeroplanes. His works in mediums like fabrics, canvas, metal foil, leather, polypropylene, brass and aluminium sheets are a treat to the eyes. What made you interested in Origami? I was studying Landscape and Horticulture when a chance conversation with a gardener gave me insight into folding processes in nature. Nature uses folding as a fundamental tool ...
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It was alongside creating lithographs and etchings on zinc plates at his printmaking class at College of Art, Chandigarh that Reuben Singh ascertained his love for photography as a visual medium. Fifteen years hence, Reuben has amassed an experience spanning human interest features, food and interiors, stylised portraiture and, needless to mention, his long lasting affair with the Himalayas.  Currently, the Photo Editor, Special Projects with Hindustan Times, Reuben lives with his family in New Delhi. An interaction… How did your ...
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Self-taught artist Pallavi Khare creates dramatic black and white imagery using charcoal on paper. Tell us about your journey in the field of art? Experimenting with different art forms has been a hobby since childhood. I remember there used to be a separate cupboard in my room, consisting of pencil, water, acrylic oil colors, crayons, different types of brushes, palettes, and of course charcoal. In school, I used to make live portraits of my friends during recess time, it was ...
Aarti Vir
Sculptor Aarti Vir from Hyderabad shares her affection for the material clay and her experimental works with glazes, slips and porcelain resulting in head turning ceramic sculptures. Tell us about your journey in the field of sculptures? I studied painting for six years. I did my Bachelors of Fine Arts at Maharaja Sayaji Rao University and masters at S N School, Hyderabad Central University. During my bachelors, my month in the sculpture department stands out vividly in my memory even today ...
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Artist Sudipta Das shares her journey as an artist and how her personal life experiences have become a canvas for her own artworks Tell us about your journey in the field of art?  I was born in Assam in 1985, after completing Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kala Bhawan in 2009, I did my Masters from Viswa-Bharti, Santiniketan in 2011. From Assam I travelled to Santiniketan and then to Baroda lead by the search of making my own identity. All ...
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In an exclusive interview, the 23-year-old International street artist Solomon Souza Kohn shares his passion for street art and his constant source of inspiration from his legendary grandfather FN Souza. In the night the closed shutters of Shuk in Jerusalem convert into artistic spaces as young visionary street artist Solomon Souza Kohn paints these unnoticed shutters in graffiti-style murals with spray paints.  Solomon is legendary Indian artist Francis Newton Souza popularly known as FN Souza’s grandson. The Londoner young Souza ...
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 Conversations with self Artist Puja Grover is a sensitive soul that puts out on canvas the images that tease her from within. Excerpts from her interview with ACF Where did it all start? My parents say that I had always been drawing and sketching as a child. I do remember doing pencil portraits of my grandfather, my mom and other family members when I was around 15 years old. But then there was a long break. I received a great deal ...
Artist Rashmi Khurana
An artist ruminating Rashmi Khurana’s Nocturnal Blooms is a journey into the heart of a woman. We are at the studio of artist Rashmi Khurana, whose solo Nocturnal Blooms recently opened at the Shridharani Gallery, that is part of the Triveni Kala Sangam complex, that is located at one of Delhi’s oldest cultural hubs, Mandi House.  The exhibition is presented by her parent gallery, NIV Art Center, an artist residency space that is located in Neb Sarai. The artist studio ...
Vipul Prajapati
Urban reality Young contemporary visual artist Vipul Prajapati’s artworks are rooted in the urban rustic world. His paintings, drawings and installations give a glimpse into what happens behind the urban metropolis of today. His works revolve around the industrial worker at his site with his environs, machines and tools. What shaped you into an artist? I hail from a very humble family of farmers. My father is an artist, arts in is my genes. I graduated in fine arts from ...
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Beautiful words  A fourth generation calligrapher, her great grandfather worked in the court of Bahadur Shah Zafar as ‘Khatta’ Account writer.  Meet Shipra Rohatgi Dutta, whose writing evokes poetry on paper. Tell us about your foray into the world of art. I am the 4th generation calligrapher from Delhi. As a child I saw my father and grand-father perform the art of Calligraphy on walls and paper and there was no looking back. I h ave been working professionally for over 25 ...
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Her colourful palette Anindita Kishore is a retired civil servant, who creates beautiful enamels that shine and glitter and attract their owners from far. Excerpts from her interview with ACF Tell us about your journey and foray into the world of art. My journey into the world of art began at school, in the 1960s. A Shankar’s International Art competition award was the spark. I then studied painting as a subject and obtained an all India top rank with distinction ...
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Freedom of expression Aurangabad based artist J. Nandkumar has been popularly known for his controversial art works on Gandhi and Indian goddess. His art is abstract and he paints acrylic on canvas with knife. Tell us about your journey in the field of art?  Born in Jawalban, Maharashtra in 1963, I had interest in drawing right from childhood. During my school, I did a lot of drawing and was appreciated for my art. I was passionate about it and did ...
Dia Bhupal Mehta
Constructing images Dia Mehta’s photography stems from the unique characteristics of a place and the mysterious air of architecture and ordinary objects, inspired by her travels. Her graphic work continually captures the elegance, spirit and strength of her subject. ArtCultureFestival spoke to her before she sets out to participate in the inaugural edition of Yinchuan Biennale titled ‘For an Image, Faster than Light’, starting September 9, 2016. She has also been invited for an artist symposium titled ‘Gate of the Sun – Between the Mountain and the River’ on September 10 ...
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Play of colours and tradition Sabita Agrawal hails from colder pastures in Kathmandu, Nepal and her watercolour pieces are reflective of her connection with the mountains, the people and the animals that inhabit those spaces. Excerpts from her interview with ACF To trace your journey into the world of art. Started my art  journey in early 1990 with Srijana Art Gallery (college) Kathmandu Nepal. I have a Diploma in fine arts and commerce. I am a member of FIPA Forum ...
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Beyond boundaries Lorraine Brigdale hails from the continent Down Under and brings forth works that are as relevant in India as in all the countries that she has frequented over the last few decades. Her works are studies that have kept her engaged and creatively live. Excerpts of her interview with ACF How did you venture into the world of art  Creativity and diversity in art has always been a part of my being. It’s who I am. My art ...
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The rural life is beautifully captured in artist Ashok Khant’s works as he is influenced by his surrounding rural life of Gujarat. In oil and water colour mediums, his portrait paintings come alive with a natural touch. Tell us about your journey in the field of art? I come from a small town Bhayavadar of Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Right from childhood, I liked to observe the village life. I used to love the rustic life and the simplicity of ...
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An artist, writer, curator, comic creator and baker, Aakshat Sinha is also involved in street art and public art initiatives. We spoke to him in capacity of a curator before his upcoming group show titled “Art for homes”, showcasing works of six promising artists to be held in Defence Colony from September 8 to September 11. Excerpts from the interview: Curator Aakshat Sinha Your journey as a curator My recent curatorial venture was an International Artists’ Group Show – ‘Pratibimb-Reflections’ at ...
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Traversing India on foot Vipul Singh, a college dropout, travels across the country in order to form street plays so that he can bring about a change in the lives of the people around him. He has staged 681 Street Plays based on topical issues. He is a one-Man troupe who does from script writing to acting. Why did you take up street play as an individual performer and not being part of any street theatre group? I would like ...
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Starting young All of 17 years, Sara Wadhwa is a class 12 student of Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram. Like other children of her age, she is an active student, with interests in various extracurricular activities and is a member of various clubs. What sets her apart from the rest, however, is that she is one of the very few who is holding a solo exhibition of her photographs, working on a Coffee Table Book and is already booked to ...
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After experimenting with colours on canvas and other styles, A. Sreedharan found his way to Rhetoric Geometry (Abstract Art). Sreedharan is one of the few artists in India who has addressed his obsession with symmetry and structure in the form of geometric abstraction and aims to delve deeper into this space. Tell us about your journey into the field of art I am an engineer by profession. I started painting as a hobby three to four years ago. Slowly it developed into ...
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Experimentalist by choice Recipient of the National Awards in 1976, artist Amitava Das studied at the Delhi College of Art. A graphic-cum-exhibition designer by profession, he has played with various mediums and worked on various shows, mainly designing pavilions for India in major trade fairs and events abroad.   What is art for you? How does it define your personality? My art is not separate from me. My art practice, my visual art and other forms have become part of my system ...
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Through the lens’ eye Amit Pasricha is famous for his panoramas and has authored several books that tell stories that are a work of powerful lens and a discerning eye. Winner of Indian Tourism award 2008 & 2010, he is living the legacy passed on to him by his father and grandfather, both well-known photographers. ACF spoke to the lensmaster on his rich body of work and journey  Photographs as an extension of one’s personality  While pursuing photography you have ...
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Born in the US and settled in Switzerland since 1992, Suzanne Ledergerber loves to splash her canvas with strong, full colours. As she says, the world is her muse and she observes it with its contrasts and wide horizons. ACF spoke to her to learn more about her style… Your journey has been very interesting, would you please tell us how your travels have inspired you and shaped you as an artist? Yes indeed, my travels started at a very ...
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Opening New Vistas    An artist, curator, art advisor and a mentor, Amrita Varma talks about her new venture, The Egg Art Studio, in an exclusive interview to ACF  What inspired you to be an artist? And when did you turn a curator? As a teenager, I loved to paint. I used to study the works of other artists and emulate some of their styles in my works. In the process, I tried a lot of styles, followed many artists and ...
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Kanchan Chander is a well known artist based in Delhi. A Recipient of Lalit Kala Academy and Ministry of Human Resource Development fellowships in India, a French Government scholarship for study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Kanchan has taught for two decades at College of Art, Delhi before turning to freelance. Shifting her focus from tribal imagery of the Shakti cult, she has worked in collage and brightly painted female torsos. More recently, her work has featured female ...
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Bahar Dhawan Rohatgi on Affordable vs Emerging Art HOW DO YOU EXPRESS ART IN YOUR TERMS? WHY IS IT STILL AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE SOCIETY? Art is food for the soul. It exists even when and where language fails. All forms of art, whether it be poetry, visual art , music , dance, exist to fill the space of what we cannot say explicitly. It is the physical manifestation of our reality, a sum of all the things we ...
Sreejata Roy
Interview with Ms. Sreejata Roy As an artist particularly drawn to community-related projects, Sreejata has for the past five years focused on exploring the new labour practices that have developed in the neo-liberal political/economic environment as an expression and consequence of globalization. For almost a decade she has been using classical/conventional as well as mixed and digital media, informed by a theoretical framework, to produce narratives around this subject. She has been awarded prestigious scholarships (Overseas Research Scholarship, U.K.; National ...
Santosh Kumar Sahni
It’s never wrongly stated or said that art still exists, in every corner of this diversified world of mimicry, set on the stage with audience; almost everyone. Today not only art, but almost everything is taken on the social platforms to prove the existence of talent, which is a good thing but whatever happened to “talent hunt and search”; seeking is easy now. A rational pattern in people has made it obvious for creating or improving one’s talent. Without proper ...
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  Mrityunjay Chatterjee on Affordable v/s Emerging. How do you express art in your terms? A language of expression and engagement. For me, communication my ideas to the people, who look at my piece of art, is really important. I’m able to sew my line of thoughts according to them, because my art is for them and about them. Since when art have been your professional line? I have been a part of this line for really long. It was ...