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On upcoming Kochi-Muziris Students' Biennale 2016, Free Press Journal, July 19. 2016  
Posted 8/24/16

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Transformation II by Chalchitra Academy Exhibition Text (Ganges Art, Kolkata, August 19-21, 2016)  
Posted 8/19/16

EXHIBITION TEXT Transformation II by Chalchitra Academy 31 artists. 19 of them ‘contemporary’, 12 ‘traditional’. This gathering of artmakers which include fine art degree holding artists, professional illustrators, a print collective, self-taught art object-makers, family-trained traditional art and ritual object makers, a 3D street artist, a performance artist and many more whose practice can’t be neatly categorised, is contrary to contemporary exhibition... [more]

কনটেম্পোরারি শিল্পে ট্র্যাডিশনাল : কিছু গোড়ায় গলদের সত্যি গল্প  
Posted 7/13/15

কনটেম্পোরারি শিল্পে ট্র্যাডিশনাল শিল্পের প্রভাব বা উপস্থিতিকে আলোচনার বিষয় করে তুলতে গেলে প্রথমেই ধরে নিতে হবে যে এই দুটো জিনিস একেবারেই আলাদা। সাপ আর নেউলের মত আলাদা না হলেও আম আর আমড়ার মত আলাদা তো বটেই। কনটেম্পোরারি আর ট্র্যাডিশনাল শিল্পের এই বৈপরীত্য হয়তো সুধীজনের কাছে খুবই স্বতঃসিদ্ধ মনে হতে পারে এবং এই নিয়ে লেবু কচলানোকে আহাম্মকির নামান্তর বলে মনে হওয়াও বিচিত্র নয়। কিন্তু আজ যা স্বতঃসিদ্ধ, তা একদিনে স্বতঃসিদ্ধ হয়ে ওঠেনি। ভগবান যখন দশচক্রে ভূত হয়ে ওঠেন, তখন ভয়ে দৌড়ে পালানোটা উপস্থিতবুদ্ধির পরি... [more]

Catalogue Text: Art for Young Collectors III, 2014: Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai  
Posted 6/8/14 “In a wider sense, seepage can be conceived as those acts that ooze through the pores of the outer surfaces of structures into available pores within the structure, and result in a weakening of the structure itself... So the encroacher redefines the city, even as she needs the city to survive. The trespasser alters the border by crossing it, rendering it meaningless and yet making it present everywhere— even in the hea... [more]

Catalogue Text: Art for Young Collectors II, 2013: Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai  
Posted 5/8/14 [more]

The Google Art Project Experiment: Groping Around in Gigapixel Land  
Posted 2/22/14 [more]

The ways of being at home: One hundred and seven examples  
Posted 1/12/14

For Indians, especially the Bengali, the relationship with the British could be likened to the kind grown-ups have with their part-benevolent, part-abusive fathers. Some of the wounds seem to have healed, but when you lift the scab, the pink still has touches of red. Over time, you realise that you are looking forward to that scar. It would be an inheritance, like your genes. Today, we think twice before calling any city our mother, especially the massive, merciless metropoleis, yet the t... [more]

Documentary 'Art of Jamini Roy' directed by Debabrata Roy  
Posted 1/9/14

The director has found parts of my paper on Jamini Roy (see previous blog entries) relevant enough to be used in the voiceover. As a result of this, I have got my first (and perhaps only) film credit. You can read about the film here: see the trailer here: purchase a DVD here: [more]

“In France, I remembered food smells from my childhood in Tripura.” In conversation with Jayashree Chakravarty  
Posted 12/21/13

Published in Art India Magazine, Volume XVIII Issue I Quarter I 2013, Cover Story: Colloquies Over the years, Jayashree Chakravarty (b.1956) has created paintings that look like beguiling dream-maps – calligraphic notations, whirling squiggles, layered wave-patterns fill her picture-spaces and produce a charged chromatic environment on large canvases and soaring paper installations. Her last solo show was at Aicon Art Gallery, London, in 2009. Sourav Roy meets her as she prepares for her... [more]

Be As You Are: In conversation with Vidha Saumya.  
Posted 5/29/13 [more]

Representation of the third dimension in Jamini Roy's Art  
Posted 3/3/13

Dissertation for Post Graduate Diploma Course in Modern & Contemporary Indian Art History (1850-2012) Semester 1 [more]

Origin Analyses of Wassily Kandinsky's Abstraction: Thoughtforms, Synesthesia and Psycho-Aesthetic Theories  
Posted 3/3/13

Dissertation for Post Graduate Diploma Course in Modern & Contemporary Indian Art History (1850-2012) Semester 2 [more]

High Tide for a Blue Moon  
Posted 3/2/13

Review of Ranjini Shettar's first Indian Solo 'High Tide for a Blue Moon' at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum Mumbai From Sat Dec 1, 2012  -  to Sun Feb 17 , 2013 The first time we watched time freeze on celluloid, our hearts stopped - water arrested mid-spill, pieces of crockery frozen mid-shatter and explosions suspended mid-air. This fortnight, prepare to revisit that zen moment with High Tide for a Blue Moon, Ranjani Shettar's first Indian solo show at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. Working with craft... [more]

The Shape of Sound  
Posted 3/2/13

Sourav Roy from Spike Magazine interviews New Zealand artist Shannon Novak about the history of synesthesia and how his practice focuses on the relationship between sound, colour, form, time, and social context     Just what shade of orange is a hemidemisemiquaver? If you could hear a Mondrian, what would it sound like? The works of Shannon Novak, an emerging artist from Auckland, New Zealand will not answer these questions but will raise plenty more, one more fascinating than the next. Hi... [more]

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