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The present show revisits a historical moment in art history with the works of four great acclaimed Masters of Indian art: Nandalal Bos e\, Jamini Roy\, Gopal Ghosh\, and Gobardhan Ash and also makes an attempt to question a number of just stated such ‘little tested assumptions’ at a t ime when more mass culture has spawned its spurious harmonies. As debased m odernism retreats more and more into deviance and dissonance\, Aakriti Art Gallery feels the need to raise the most searching questions in these rare works of the Masters that produced our finest visual text- the collages of Nandalal Bose\, sketches and paintings of Jamini Roy\, Gopal Ghosh and Goba rdhan Ash. The exhibition titled ‘Manifestations of the Mystique’ showcases works that  scrutinize the living art that speak from the depths of the so ul and reaches out to us to a world of infinitely rich theatre of their sou l\; weave and re- weave a potent spell for all of who dare to share in the drama\, a melody that lingers.

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The mystique is put across both by s uggestions and by palpable descriptions. Eventually we fuse all this knowle dge to such moments in history to the present\, traditions within the conte mporary\, change within permanence.

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The sketches\, collages possess the character of revelation with an integral form\; doodles done with a vi sionary splendor and turn out to be vivid form of metaphysical text.

\n< p>The drawings here increasingly possess a lushness of lines\, a perfectly studied scale and a painterly ease that suggests a rare coordination of dis cipline and ease. In Nanadalal’s collages the compulsiveness of the little gesture out of which they are made lends them a private\, even hermetic cha racter\, where he repeatedly proclaims the neutrality and emptiness. Here t he elements\, images and events are of significance in the outer world and transformed so that they correspond to the mood\, the motif\, and the aesth etic of a work of art. These four Masters measure sensibility by these norm and sketched expressively in joyous and lyrical relationship to nature and life. Their poise is remarkable\, what this eminent group here accomplishe s is a discreet\, satisfying mélange\, each of whom is confident and posses ses a sprightly distinctive approach. The creativity of these Masters that shaped our art in India a few decades back reinforces once more the belief that it is a mean of disciplining the limitless freedom of the human mind.  The accounts and language that the participants offer\, make for a lively diversity of angles and satisfying narrative styles and thus becomes a rare visual experience revealing pursuits that partly reveal their intense char acters as well. In any event\, the effort is to bring in a greater number o f variables – and establish a different take on getting back to basics.

DTEND:20130531 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130506 GEO:22.5434134;88.3541215 LOCATION:Aakriti Art Gallery - Kolkata\,Orbit Enclave\, First Floor 12/3A\, Picasso Bithi(Hungerford Street) \nKolkata\, 700 017 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Manifestations of the Mystique\, Nandalal Bose\, Jamini Roy\, Gopal Ghosh\, Gobardhan Ash UID:273981 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

Art evolves and so do artists. Art Alive believes in the nee d for that continuous process of evolution and endeavor to create a platfor m where artists can enrich their experiences to share with their audiences. In our continues effort towards that\, Art Alive presents Living Walls\, a n art project where a group of artists will engage in painting the walls of the gallery for a period of four days. \;

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We invite all art lo vers to come and not only see but experience the evolving of an installatio n where the gallery becomes the site of a unique installation.

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The Artists will work from 16th to 21st January d uring which you are invited to come and talk to the artist and capture the work. This installation will be on view till the end of February\, 2013.

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The core idea of the collaborative exercise is to enlarge th e artists&rsquo\; canvas and in doing so\, involve the audience who would b e witnessing the process of work and thus broaden their own experience of a rt.

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Sunaina Anand\, director\, Art Alive Gallery says: &ld quo\;This would be a dynamic live display of art which would showcase diver se selection of works. And the participation of live audience would only ad d to the dimension of the show. We are keen on exploring the culmination of such creative energies.&rdquo\;

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Each artist will draw upon their o wn artistic imagination and use their idioms\, styles\, languages and ideas to create that visual impact. We believe\, it is in the coming together of different voices that ultimately mergers into a rhythmic one\, that we cou ld create something experimental and fresh for our audience.

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There would be no theme\, no boundary\, no guidelines for each artist would follo w the dictates of his or her heart making it somewhat challenging yet excit ing as they get accustomed to working under the glare of live audiences com prising of media\, critics and art lovers who would watch\, interact and di alogue with the masters at work.

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The project would have an element of surprises and challenges. It would be unpredictable what the each of the m would choose to do.

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The artistic dialogue is sure to inspire one another. \; It would create a collective platform to appreciate a new a pproach towards art. It would connect artists with different communities of the society to stimulate their senses and enhance a new experience towards their approaches. It would also inspire audiences to understand the potent ial of such collaborative energy to create work of different dimensions in public space.

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The entire process of work would be recorded and late r produced in different formats to be displayed by the gallery.

DTEND:20130831 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130203 GEO:28.5321791;77.1464145 LOCATION:Art Alive Gallery\, GURGAON\,120 Institutional Area\, Sector 44\, Gurgaon \nDelhi\, 122002 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:LIVING WALLS (where gallery walls become artist’s canvas)\, Krishen Khanna\, Sakti Burman\, Manu Parekh\, Jogen Chowdhury\, Madhvi Parekh\, Pa resh Maity\, B.Manjunath Kamath\, Jayasri Burman\, Jagannath Panda\, Mithu Sen\, Chintan Upadhyay\, G R Iranna\, Gigi Scaria\, Subba Ghosh\, Sumedh Ra jendran\, Sharmi Chowdhury\, Ram Singh Urveti UID:256932 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130203T210000 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130203T190000 GEO:28.5321791;77.1464145 LOCATION:Art Alive Gallery\, GURGAON\,120 Institutional Area\, Sector 44\, Gurgaon \nDelhi\, 122002 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:LIVING WALLS (where gallery walls become artist’s canvas)\, Jayasri Burman\, Sakti Burman\, Jogen Chowdhury\, Sharmi Chowdhury\, Subba Ghosh\, G R Iranna\, B.Manjunath Kamath\, Krishen Khanna\, Paresh Maity\, Jagannat h Panda\, Madhvi Parekh\, Manu Parekh\, Sumedh Rajendran\, Gigi Scaria\, Mi thu Sen\, Chintan Upadhyay\, Ram Singh Urveti UID:256933 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

Interior Landscapes of NEENA NEHRU and ANITA TIWARY\n

Oils\, Acrylics\, Installations

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Neena Nehru :  Societ y’s attitudes to the role and position of women is reflected in its art. Ne ena Nehru was struck by the fact that\, all over the world and throughout h istory\, women have almost always been portrayed\, either as beautiful obje cts of desire\, or as suffering\, oppressed victims\; they are strong only as mythical characters - as goddesses or comic-book super-women. Rarely\, i f ever\, are the ‘feminine’ qualities of gentleness\, nurturing\, compassio n\, sympathy celebrated.

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Neena’s present exhibition examines these issues through installations and paintings. A section of the show explores the changing facets of a woman’s persona. Another group of paintings depict woman\, not as a force trying to dominate Nature\, but as a part of it. A group of heads which cannot be easily identified as male or female suggest the equality of the sexes when it comes to the essential qualities of mind and ability.

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Neena’s work is part of a joint exhibition with abstra ct artist Anita Tiwary

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Anita Tiwary : The titles of Anita Ti wary’s paintings are as evocative and sentimental as her work of art. Anita ’s works are surreal in its visual appearance and thematically they move in to a space where she seeks to negotiate the interplay of real and unreal in her works. These works conceal an unknown reality and evoke an abstract vi sual representation of our realities. These visual forms are ‘Soulscapes’ o f Anita’s mind and how she sees it. Thus she defamiliarises the familiar fo r us and creates a new spatial dimension in her paintings for the viewers.< /p> DTEND:20130524 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130504 GEO:28.6272269;77.2323495 LOCATION:Art Heritage Gallery\,Triveni Kala Sangam\, 205\, Tansen Marg \nNe w Delhi\, 110001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:FEMINIST MAPPINGS II\, Neena Nehru\, Anita Tiwary UID:273450 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130504T193000 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130504T170000 GEO:28.6272269;77.2323495 LOCATION:Art Heritage Gallery\,Triveni Kala Sangam\, 205\, Tansen Marg \nNe w Delhi\, 110001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:FEMINIST MAPPINGS II\, Neena Nehru\, Anita Tiwary UID:273705 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

Quarto '13 - featuring 4 prominent artists\, A Ramachandran\ , KG Subramanyan\, Anjolie Ela Menon and Satish Gujral.

DTEND:20130531 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130420 GEO:19.0759837;72.8776559 LOCATION:Art Musings\,NO 1\, Admirality Building Colaba Cross Lane\,OPP. Du nne's School\,Colaba\nMumbai\, 400 005 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:QUARTO '13\, A Ramachandran\, Anjolie Ela Menon\, Satish Gujral\, K G Subramanyan UID:273462 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

The Museum is partnering with ZegnArt Public\, an arm of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group that works within the contemporar y cultural arena\, on an exciting new project which spotlights dial ogue on the nature of public space\, and the role of art in that space.

The concept of Public Space can be construed in a variet y of ways\; it can be a platform for negotiation and debate or as a site of resistance and dialectics. The mission of ZegnArt Public is to explore these interpretations within varied social and cultural conte xts. Mumbai is the first city selected for the ZegnArt Public proje ct. The collaboration with the Museum was developed on the basis o f a shared vision of art as a defining factor to build awareness in the community.

Artist Reena Kallat has been selected by the project jury as the winner of the first edition of ZegnArt Public to conceptualize and create the public artwork. The work hi ghlights the relationship between public space and the city's history\, bot h from a formal point of view\, as the work will be exhibited on the main f acade of the museum\, and in terms of content through an exploration of str eet names exploring colonial and post colonial tensions in the city.

The other submissions by artists Alwar Balasubramaniam\, Atul Bhalla\, Gigi Scaria\, Hema Upadhyay\, Sakshi Gupta and Sriniva sa Prasad will be on display at the Museum’s Special Project Space (SPS). This exhibition will offer a comprehensive view of the proposals ma de by some the best young Indian artists today and will expand the dialogue on the role of art in the public space.

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(Source: e-Newsle tter of Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum Issue Jan - March 2013)

DTEND:20130515 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130302 GEO:18.9859244;72.8344809 LOCATION:Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum\,91 A\, Rani Baug\, Veer Mata Jijbai Bhon sle Udyan\, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marg\, Byculla East \nMumbai\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: ZegnArt / Public India\, Hema Upadhyay\, Sakshi Gupta\, Srinivasa Prasad\, Atul Bhalla\, Gigi Scaria\, Reena Saini Kallat\, Alwar Balasubram aniam UID:264405 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

Magali is French by nationality but an Indian at heart after spending 18 years in India. She has been able to develop and grow her pass ion for photography and travels.

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The ultimate for her is the abilit y of finding beauty everywhere and keeping her eyes open for colours\, shap es\, lines\, textures and forms.

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She tries to use her camera as a c reative tool not only to document or show what is in front of her but to en hance it with the help of light and sometimes with paint or sculptors. This exercise can be tricky and not always successful but what is important is to have fun. She experiences depth of the knowledge from these experiments.

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Taking pictures is her meditation\, salvation\, relaxation and fai th.

DTEND:20130511 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130419 GEO:28.5911026;77.2280678 LOCATION:Galerie Romain Rolland - Alliance Francaise Delhi\,72 Lodhi Road \ nNew Delhi\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:TRIBAL LIGHTS\, Magali Couffon UID:268260 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130419T190000 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130419T110000 GEO:28.5911026;77.2280678 LOCATION:Galerie Romain Rolland - Alliance Francaise Delhi\,72 Lodhi Road \ nNew Delhi\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:TRIBAL LIGHTS\, Magali Couffon UID:268261 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

Gallerie Alternatives presents a group exhibition of paintin gs\, drawings\, graphic prints &\; sculptures by T. Vaikuntam\, Jayshree Burman\, Trupti Patel\, Ramananda Bandopadhyay\, Sanjeev Verma\, Stanley S uresh\, Rajesh Rana\, Manoj Bhramar\, Medha Sharma\, Pintu Roy &\; many more 17th April – 31st May

DTEND:20130531 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130417 GEO:28.4715596;77.099613 LOCATION:Gallerie Alternatives\,102\, DT Mega Mall\, DLF City\, Phase - I \ nGurgaon\, 122002 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:paintings\, drawings\, graphic prints & sculptures\, T. Vaikuntam\, Jayshree Burman\, Trupti Patel\, Ramananda Bandopadhyay\, sanjeev verma\, Stanley Suresh\, Rajesh Rana\, Manoj Bhramar\, Medha Sharma\, Pintu Roy UID:272215 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

Jaya Lamba's paintings are influenced by a multitude of expe riences that span cities and cultures\, the omnipresent bright red lines ru nning through as a web that connects her distinct experiences and represent s the pushing-forward of the world.

The key to her oeuvre are shocking\, vibrant colors and a deep study of the human form. She draws in spiration from her immediate context– be it the philosophical and spiritual odyssey of the soul or the ever-present pressures of politics\;or the sinu ous curves of muscles stretched taut .

The images in Jaya's w ork weave through both the corporeal and psychological worlds\, creating vi sual representations of things unseen and bringing new depth and focus to t he human figure.

DTEND:20130510 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130410 GEO:19.0166667;72.8166667 LOCATION:Gallery Art and Soul\,1\, Maduli\, Shivsagar Estate\, Worli\, \nMu mbai\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:beyond the linear \, Jaya Lamba UID:270734 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130410T200000 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130410T180000 GEO:19.0166667;72.8166667 LOCATION:Gallery Art and Soul\,1\, Maduli\, Shivsagar Estate\, Worli\, \nMu mbai\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:beyond the linear \, Jaya Lamba UID:270735 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

Gallery Espace\, New Delhi is pleased to present ‘GRAIN’- works by Mek hala Bahl\, Anjali Deshmukh\, Ranu Mukherjee and Shalina Vichitra. The enti re suite of works consists of canvases\, mixed-media works and a video inst allation with a sense of eclecticism being visible through varied mediums a nd thought processes that culminate in the form of this show. Being one of Delhi’s premier galleries\, Gallery Espace has worked closely with women ar tists the past earning a distinction with meticulous presentations which in cludes the exhibition ‘Self and the world’ (1997) held at the National Gall ery of Modern Art\, New Delhi. Continuing the same tradition over the years \, Espace puts forward yet one more presentation titled ‘GRAIN’ with four w omen artists.

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‘GRAIN’
The ‘Grain’ – a minute\, indivisib le\, omnipresent entity – is the beginning of anything that is formed and t he end into which all forms collapse. The diversity of the word ‘Grain’ all ows it to seep into anything\, regardless of shape\, culture\, being or emo tion. From a shaft of light and texture of paper to the expanse of deserts and a meal of rice\; the ‘Grain’ metamorphoses itself into inherent patters \, spiritual planes\, nature’s topography and tangents of human-nature rela tionships through the works of Mekhala Bahl\, Anjali Deshmukh\, Ranu Mukher jee and Shalina Vichitra.
Within its diversity the ‘Grain’ can be att ributed to the ‘bindu’\, from which all life and form emanates and converge s. The four artists in this exhibition create their personal synonyms for ‘ Grain’ by diverging into subjective renditions of an attempt to define this term in their distinctive practices. The viewer is ridden through utopias of understanding and subjective deconstruction to untangle situations\, mem ories\, emotions and journeys\; only to discover the complex simplicity of the ‘Grain’.
(With excerpts from the essay by Veerangana Solanki )

DTEND:20130601 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130424 GEO:28.572572;77.2705623 LOCATION:Gallery Espace\,16\, Community Centre New Friends Colony \nNew Del hi\, Delhi 110025 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:GRAIN \, Mekhala Bahl\, Anjali Deshmukh\, Ranu Mukherjee\, Shalina S.Vichitra UID:273465 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130424T190000 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130424T110000 GEO:28.572572;77.2705623 LOCATION:Gallery Espace\,16\, Community Centre New Friends Colony \nNew Del hi\, Delhi 110025 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:GRAIN \, Mekhala Bahl\, Anjali Deshmukh\, Ranu Mukherjee\, Shalina S.Vichitra UID:273466 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

DTEND:20130509 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130329 GEO:18.91824;72.8271605 LOCATION:Gallery Maskara\,6/7\, 3rd Pasta Lane Colaba\nMumbai\, Maharashtra 400005 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Pancha Mahabhuta\, T. Venkanna UID:268491 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130328T220000 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130328T183000 GEO:18.91824;72.8271605 LOCATION:Gallery Maskara\,6/7\, 3rd Pasta Lane Colaba\nMumbai\, Maharashtra 400005 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Pancha Mahabhuta\, T. Venkanna UID:268492 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

A solo show by much accalaimed artist Arpana Caur . Showcasi ng oil on canvas \, paper works and etchings.

DTEND:20130508 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130407 GEO:13.0589525;80.2500256 LOCATION:Gallery Veda\,# 4/22\, Rutland Gate 4th street Nungambakkam \nChe nnai \, 600006 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: PAINTING IS NOT DEAD\, Arpana Caur UID:268489 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130407T200000 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130407T180000 GEO:13.0589525;80.2500256 LOCATION:Gallery Veda\,# 4/22\, Rutland Gate 4th street Nungambakkam \nChe nnai \, 600006 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: PAINTING IS NOT DEAD\, Arpana Caur UID:268490 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

GALLERYSKE is pleased to present 5 Projects\, an exhibition of works by the artists Shivani Bhalla\, Tara Kelton\, Bharathesh D. Yadav\ , Sujil S. and Udaya Vir Singh. The works featured are representative of th e varied practices of each of the artists\, presented as five independent p rojects ungoverned by any curatorial theme.
Delhi based artist\, Shiva ni Bhalla’s paintings on rice paper are inspired by lingering memories of c hildhood and the strange\, whimsical nature of interactions between charact ers in fables and her past. In her works\, the familiar\, yet curious and s ometimes upsetting\, characters of these stories reappear to speak with you ng girls or to reinvent the tales of their origin or death.
Continuing her exploration with digital media\, Tara Kelton’s works in video and prin t play with ideas of time\, space and perception. Using the visual language of the internet\, the aesthetic of flattened\, layered spaces\, screens\, and fragmented context\, the series of works subverts common understanding of widely known concepts. Tara Kelton lives between Bangalore and Brooklyn.
Bharathesh D. Yadav is an artist based in Bangalore. His practice ran ges from research-based inquiry to archival and narrative approaches. In th is show\, his works include the visual representation of a chemically recei ved message\, a collection of cinema slides that allude to a previous era o f image-making\, and the remnants of a show that lead to a piece on the ide a of temporality.
In a series of digital prints\, Pallakkad based arti st Sujil S reworks classical and spiritual imagery to reveal and understand his preoccupation with an image’s ability to create deep impressions in fo rmative memory. Through processes of layering and composition\, Sujil S res tates the primacy of the image\, lifting it out of its original and loaded historical context in order to allow for subjective readings.
Playing with the idea of heaviness and lightness\, Udaya Vir Singh\, an artist from Bangalore\, creates a visual pun on the pneumatic\, buoyant\, frivolous as sociations that burden his objects. The five balloons sculpted out of stone are disarmingly realistic and reflective of the artist’s interest in natur al material\; by being cast in material that is solid and heavy the balloon s are released from expectations and freed from the predictable connotation s they carry.

DTEND:20130511 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130330 GEO:12.957732;77.6040646 LOCATION:GALLERYSKE - Bangalore\,2 Berlie Street Langford Town\nBangalore\, Karnataka 560 025 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:5 Projects\, Shivani Bhalla\, Tara Kelton\, Bharathesh D. Yadav\, S ujil S\, Udaya Vir Singh UID:268493 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130330T210000 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130330T190000 GEO:12.957732;77.6040646 LOCATION:GALLERYSKE - Bangalore\,2 Berlie Street Langford Town\nBangalore\, Karnataka 560 025 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:5 Projects\, Shivani Bhalla\, Tara Kelton\, Sujil S\, Udaya Vir Sin gh\, Bharathesh D. Yadav UID:268494 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20130708 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130508 GEO:22.5169737;88.3549305 LOCATION:Ganges Art Gallery\,33A Jatin Das Road \nKolkata\, 700029 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Shrom O Shramik\, Prasanta Sahu\, Debraj Goswami\, Chhatrapati Dutt a\, Nantu Bihari Das\, Pratul Das\, Chandra Bhattacharjee\, Sanjeev Krishna rao Sonpimpare UID:279282 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

The Hungarian Information and Cultural Ce ntre in cooperation with the India International Centre is organ izing a lecture and photo documentary exhibition on noted Hungari an Indologist and Art Historian\, Ervin Baktay titled “ENCHANTED BY INDIA”. The programme is commemorating the 50th death ann iversary of Ervin Baktay. He was a Hungarian author noted for populariz ing Indian culture in Hungary. He had started his career as a painter and h e encouraged his niece Amrita Sher-Gil to pursue art.

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The India International Centre will be hosting lectures by Prof. Geza Bethlenf alvy\, an Indologist from Hungary and Dr. Margit Koves\, a lecturer in Delh i University on Tuesday\, 7th May from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. This will be followed by an exhibition opening and a film screening on the life of E rvin Baktay which will take place at the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre from 6:30 – 7:30pm.

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BIOGRAPHY OF ER VIN BAKTAY

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Ervin Baktay (Dunaharaszti\, June 24\, 1890 – Budapest\, May 7\, 1963)

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The family of Ervin Baktay origina tes from Erdőbakta (whence the shorter name of Baktay later came)\, now a p art of Ukraine.

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The India-oriented activities of Ervin Baktay start ed with translations of the pseudo-Sanskrit sentimental stories of F.W. Bai n\, which were given to him by his brother-in-law. The success of these sto ries was based on the trend of mysticism. The greatness of Baktay was his a bility to recognise real values. He soon discovered Tagore and popularised his writings in Hungary. Later on he wrote many valuable books popularising every aspect of Indian life from literature to geography\, from astrology to religion and philosophy. In the last phase\, his works on Indian art rep resented the highest level of contemporary scholarship and at the same time \, through the clarity of his style and thoughts\, they were accessible to a wide circle of readership.

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He began life as a painter\, studied a rt in the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts with Károly Ferenczy and then unde r the guidance of Simon Hollósy in Munich\, where his interest in Oriental culture was first kindled. His studies were interrupted by the First World- War\, he was enlisted between 1915 and 1918. After the success of the Bain - stories\, in 1921 he published his book on Rabindranath Tagore and soon a fter that a separate volume of short stories of Indian writers. In 1923\, h e first published his adaptation of the "Mahabharata" which was received wi th great interest\, and which was later extended to include an adaptation o f the Ramayaņa and published several times.

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In 1926\, a collection of speaches by Gandhiji was published by Baktay. In the same year he had th e opportunity to go to India\, and remained there until 1929. He spent much time in Simla with his sister\, who was married to Umrao Singh Sher-Gil. H e guided their doughter Amrita Sher-Gil by encouraging her to paint and gav e her an academic foundation to grow on. He also instructed her to use serv ants of the house as models and paint landacapes in the „plein air” style.< /p>\n

He travelled extensively in the country meeting the leaders\, the r ich people and the common people of India\, studying the monuments of art a nd every aspect of the rich cultural heritage of the sub-continent. He visi ted all the places connected with the activities of Csoma de Kőrös.

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After his return to Hungary\, almost every year he brought out a new book dealing with various aspects of Indian life\, art and religion and these bo oks brought many people close to the understanding of India\, and they stil l retain their popularity. Baktay's books show the wide knowledge of the au thor\, his deep insight into the various aspects of Indian life and culture and also his ability to put forward his ideas in a way such as to arouse t he interest of a wide circle of Hungarian readers. His books usually reache d many editions.

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His most comprehensive book was entitled "India" ( 1931) and it gave a general picture of the India of the twenties and thirti es with special emphasis on the cultural heritage and on the freedom strugg le. His travel-books include "The Land of the Happy Valley\, Wanderings in Kashmir" 1934\, - Punjab "The Land of Five Rivers" 1937\, Rajasthan and Guj arat "In the Land of Princes: Rajputana and Gujarat" 1939\, and the Himalay an region "On the top of the World\, in the footsteps of Alexander Csoma de Kőrös in Western Tibet" 1930\, which was later rewritten as a biography of the great Hungarian scholar. This book came out in two different versions\ , and the extended version\, first published in 1962\, is the most extensiv e work on the life of this great savant.

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Baktay also published two versions of his diary: the first was entitled: "A Hungarian Traveller in In dia" (1933)\, the second version "My Years In India" came out in 1938.

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He also published a book explaining the Hindu conception of life (1936) \, which was enlarged and re-edited in 1942. In these years he prepared a t ranslation of the "Kamasutra" which was published only later. His books on Indian philosophy and astronomy are important as well.

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His book "In dia wants Freedom\," published in 1942\, is also remarkable. In the same ye ar two editions of his book on Yoga were published. Yoga was very popular i n Hungary in those years.

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After the second world war Baktay returne d to his first love\, Indian art\, started to work at the Ferenc Hopp Museu m of Eastern Asiatic Art\, and also gave lectures on Indian art at the Univ ersity ELTE\, and in 1958 published the most important\, excellent book „Th e Art of India” which came out in more editions\, one in German language as well.

DTEND:20130517 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130507 GEO:28.615453;77.218564 LOCATION:Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre (HICC)\,1/A\, Janpath \n New Delhi\, New Delhi 110011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:ENCHANTED BY INDIA - Lecture and Photo-documentary exhibition UID:275300 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130507T193000 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130507T183000 GEO:28.615453;77.218564 LOCATION:Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre (HICC)\,1/A\, Janpath \n New Delhi\, New Delhi 110011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:ENCHANTED BY INDIA - Lecture and Photo-documentary exhibition UID:275301 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

Installations with clay &\; video projection

DTEND:20130511 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130507 GEO:28.590879;77.2261317 LOCATION:India Habitat Centre - Visual Arts Gallery\,Lodi Road \nNew Delhi\ , 110003 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Unsung hymns of clay\, Manav Gupta UID:271346 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130507T200000 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130507T110000 GEO:28.590879;77.2261317 LOCATION:India Habitat Centre - Visual Arts Gallery\,Lodi Road \nNew Delhi\ , 110003 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Unsung hymns of clay\, Manav Gupta UID:271347 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20130513 DTSTAMP:20141121T180627 DTSTART:20130507 GEO:18.9307214;72.8330849 LOCATION:Jehangir Art Gallery\,161 KALAGHODA \nMumbai\, Maharashtra 400001 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Paintings \, Arvind Mahajan UID:275985 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR