Thursday October 19, 2017

Virtual medium: A boon for many beginners in the field of arts

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By Bhavana Akella

New Delhi: “Years ago, I would often paint portraits of children at the railway station,” Gujarat-based artist Rakesh Patel said, mulling over the past and how it led to his success in the field of contemporary art.

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“If it was not for the online medium, I could never imagine a day when my art would be sold in London,” said the artist, who is well known for his portraits and for effectively capturing human emotions.

Selling his art online for over 10 years now, Patel said that despite being virtual, the medium has been a boon for many beginners in the art field. “Beginners find it very difficult to exhibit their works at a gallery – not many manage to gather the required resources . But the online galleries are such a huge platform that even accomplished artists prefer to sell their works through them,” Patel told IANS.

Saffron art is one such major player.

“Saffronart, a big player in the Indian online art market, has been in the field for over 15 years,” its co-founder, Dinesh Vazirani, told IANS, adding: “People are now very comfortable buying online. That has helped us sell over 20,000 artworks to over 8,000 customers since our inception.”

The company’s artworks range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over $2.5 million dollars.

“The global online art market is worth over $2.4 billion (more than Rs.15,000 crore). Indian art needs much more representation on this vast digital platform – which is only picking up gradually,” said Kiran Wood, who with her husband Tim Wood left London for Delhi to start fullpictureart.com which sells contemporary Indian art ranging from $150-$10,000 for buyers all over the world.

The Indian art world has woken up to the online market, Wood opined, adding: “Online presence of art can only complement what is being sold at the galleries and can never completely replace it.”

Wood said the current trend of selling art online would have not been possible 10 years ago, when consumers were not confident enough to buy anything through a virtual medium.

For Riyas Komu, a sculptor and painter from Kerala known for his politically-driven work, selling art online is a “part of the phenomenon to sell anything and everything online.” He said, “Through awareness, people have evolved to recognize art through any medium.”

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Komu, who has sold his art globally through online auctions, said, “The online platforms help in growing a larger audience. They democratize the model of art sales by helping it open up to everyone.”

The online medium has always had its share of skeptics and Bose Krishnamachari, an internationally acclaimed painter and curator and a founder member of the Kochi Biennale, counts himself among them.

“As a collector I would never buy art without researching on it and seeing it. I believe most of the times, it is only the mediocre art which is sold online,” Krishnamachari told IANS.

“The online medium can be used to spread the word about art but I don’t think the digital space can ever match up to the exhibition space,” Krishnamachari added.

“Despite the risks and downsides of the medium, it is helping more people engage into art,” explained Wood, who expected the trend to be taken further by technology in the future.

(IANS)

 

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Elephant Parade comes to India for the First Time: Statues of 101 life-sized baby elephants transformed into Beautiful works of Art

The parade will travel across the country from November 2017 to March 2018

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101 Elephant statues are decorated by artists for the Parade. Wikimedia
  • Elephant family, an NGO, organizes the annual exhibition elephant parade
  • The Elephant Parade is happening in India for the first time
  • The NGO raises awareness for the importance of saving elephant species

August 24, 2017: Statues of 101 life-sized baby elephant that have been transformed into beautiful works of art will be exhibited in Indian cities as part of the 22nd edition of the international “Elephant Parade”, happening in the country for the first time, it was announced here on Wednesday.

“Elephant Parade” is an annual exhibition, that is organized in different cities across the world by NGO Elephant Family to raise awareness for the need for conserving elephants.

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The organizers say that 20 per cent of the net profits from the show are donated to elephant welfare and conservation projects.

The parade will travel across the country from November 2017 to March 2018.

For this, leading Indian artists, fashion designers, design institutes, tribal painters, and celebrities were engaged to turn 101 elephant sculptures into unique masterpieces, creating a striking spectacle of color to celebrate one of India’s most beloved and endangered animals.

The painted elephants will be displayed in herds in prominent cities to be photographed, hugged and kissed by admiring audiences as part of what has become recognized as the world’s biggest public art event.

The parade aims to generate funds to secure 101 elephant corridors across India for the pachyderms, who face the risk of displacement through fragmentation of their habitat and human disturbances.

Thus, after the public displays across Indian cities, the elephants will then be sold at two high profile auctions in Mumbai and London to raise funds.

“We will celebrate the magnificence of the iconic Asian elephant, generating mass awareness of their plight and making everyone smile at the same time,” said Ruth Powys-Ganesh, the CEO of Elephant Family in India.

“With the support of the world’s top creatives, the 101 painted elephants will move us closer to our target to secure a network of 101 elephant corridors – vital strips of habitat that reconnect India’s forests, the number one priority for this species,” she added.

Other Asian cities where the parade has been held include Suzhou, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Hong Kong. It has also been held in Taiwan. (IANS)

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India-Bahrain Art Exchange: The event in New Delhi to Feature Work of 30 Artists from across the World

Indian art scene is considered among the most developed in the region with great talent, therefore, India will be a huge platform for artists to showcase the artwork of Bahraini artists

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A painter working for Islamic Art annual fair. Wikimedia
  • Rouble Nagi has teamed up with Kaneka Sabharwal to show an initiative, that aims at connecting creative enthusiasts from Bahrain and India
  • The event will be conducted later this year, in Mumbai and New Delhi 
  • The event is set to feature work of around 30 artists including the significant presence of Bahraini female artists 

New Delhi, August 17, 2017: Indian art doesn’t seem to show any signs of abatement in the international art world, and eminent artist and philanthropist, Rouble Nagi is all pumped up to show the master that she is.

Rouble Nagi Art Foundation has teamed up with Kaneka Sabharwal to show an initiative, first of its kind, that welcomes contemporary artists from the entire world and aims at connecting creative enthusiasts from Bahrain and India through an unparalleled exchange program. The initiative is supported by the government of India.

“I was very keen to create something that will fall in line with the emergent global consciousness that has entered the international art scene. I wanted to introduce the world to contemporary Indian art and bring global art to the country so that the relationship with art is much more intimate and undeviating. The event won’t be limited to showcasing art but also consists of art-talks so as to open a dialogue between international artists,” mentioned Rouble Nagi, in the ANI report.

“This initiative aims to give a platform to Bahraini and Indian artists, exposing them to local and international aspirational values, as well as creating economic capital from the cultural capital,” she added.

ALSO READ: Indian art gaining worldwide recognition. 

The event which is to be conducted later this year in Mumbai and New Delhi will be held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of the King of Bahrain, President of The Supreme Council For Women ArtBab. She produces art on an iPad, and is going to visit India for the very first time.

The event is all set to feature work of around 30 artists, ranging from impressive video art installations, eclectic pop art, to contemporary sculptures and the significant presence of Bahraini female artists.

Balqees Fakhro, Faika Al Hasan, Jamal Abdul Rahim, Khalid Farhan, Lulwa Al Khalifa, Nabeela Al Khayer and Omar Al Rashid are some of the Bahraini artists who will be showcasing their works.

There will also be an exhibition of the artistic dexterity of the underprivileged children, who are supported by the Rouble Nagi Art Foundation.

Kaneka Sabharwal, Co-Founder of ArtBAB and Founder of Art Select and Jonathan Watkins of Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery, who is also chair of ArtBAB’s international selection committee, will be the curator of the event.

“Bahrain, which traces its roots to one of the oldest civilizations in the world, the Dilmun Empire, has a rich history of art and many historians assert that the art came to the kingdom of Bahrain from India. The Bahrainis are known to have some of the best art collections and I want to introduce art collectors and enthusiasts around the world to the talent of Bahraini artists,” noted Kaneka, who moved to Bahrain in 2009.

According to Dr. E M Janaki, CEO Tamkeen, art sector has not only locally but across the region, achieved importance as an engine of economic growth.

ALSO READ: Indian art: The folkish inclination 

Indian art scene is considered among the most developed in the region with great talent, therefore, India will be a huge platform for artists to showcase the artwork of Bahraini artists.

The vision is to bring together an art alliance that isn’t limited by geographies and widens the conception of art, in regard to which, the multi-cultural arty affair will be host to a bevy of notable guests from various spheres, including political and corporate.

-prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha

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Renowned Scientist Dr. Pushpa Mitra Bhargava Expires at his Prashant Nagar Residence in Uppal

This Indian scientist was internationally identified as a thinker, institution builder, and molecular biologist

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Dr Pushpa Mitra Bhargava expired on Tuesday. Twitter
  • Dr. Pushpa Mitra Bhargava died on Tuesday after a brief illness
  • He was born in Ajmer on February 22, 1928, and had completed his Ph. D. from Lucknow University
  • He was internationally recognized as an institution builder, molecular biologist, and thinker.

Hyderabad, August 2, 2017: Pushpa Mitra Bhargava, the founder and director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and a top Indian scientist died due to a brief illness on Tuesday.

As per his family members, Bhargava took his last breath at his Prashant Nagar residence in Uppal. He was 89 years-old and had a son and a daughter.

He was born on February 22, 1928, in Ajmer, and had completed his Ph. D. in synthetic chemistry from Lucknow University. Bhargava in 1953 went to the USA and filled in at the post of a project associate at a lab for research on cancer. He had a dynamic part in the revelation of 5-fluorouracil, which is an anti-cancer medication. He was employed at various research organizations in France and the United Kingdom. He had restricted the endorsement of GM in India and asked for a ban of no less than 15 years on hereditarily altered yields in the nation.

Also read: Indian Origin Scientist Part of Team that developed Asteroid flyby to help NASA test Global Tracking Network

His efforts and vision gave rise to the establishment of CCMB in 1977, an institute for basic biology research and seeking its application for the betterment of society.

The staff of CCMB expressed their condolence and profound sadness at his demise. He was a part of the production of nation building scientists who established Indian science. This Indian scientist was recognized as an institution builder, molecular biologist, and thinker at an international level.

His concerns and engagements covered art and culture as well as science and their link to society. He remained immensely engrossed in social issues, especially those related to the effect of science on society in India and the world. His extraordinary commitment and energy will continue to always motivate scientists in future ventures, said an official press release.

Bhargava is also the receiver of more than 100 national and international awards, including the Padma Bhushan, which is the third highest civilian award of the nation in 1986.  He was amid 100 scientists who had conveyed distress over “the ways in which science and reason were getting eroded” and “climate of intolerance” in a statement.

Bhargava had communicated worry over “RSS people” going to a meeting of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) labs. He had cautioned that if the present pattern proceeded, India would not remain a democracy and turn into a theocratic nation like Pakistan.

He had additionally blamed Narendra Modi for expressing that India had known the procedure of organ transplantation long back at Indian Science Congress.

-prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter: @Hkaur1025