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Recent Works: Mixed Media & Sculptures by Shuvaprasanna
15th February 2008 - 1st March 2008
Art Alive Gallery

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Shuvaprasanna

Shuvaprasanna

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Born 1947 in Calcutta, Shuva graduated from the Indian College of Art, Kolkata and received his subsequent training in printmaking at workshops including those in USA and Germany. An active member of the Calcutta Paintersí Group, Shuva is a teacher, facilitator and painter all in one. His work has been exhibited in over 30 solo shows and many more group exhibitions in India and abroad including those held at the Birla Academy Calcutta, Gallery Les Hirondelles Geneva, Sothebyís and Arts India New York, Christies London and IGNCA New Delhi. He has also participated in a number of international projects, workshops and art camps, more important amongst which are the Museum of Modern Art, Sitomo, Japan; Horniman Museum London and the German Festival in India. He has a number of awards and publications to his credit including the AIFACS, State LKA and Birla Academy Awards. His work can be seen in many public and private collections in India and abroad including the NGMA and LKA, Delhi; Air India; Times of India Group and WHO Geneva. Shuva lives and works in Kolkata.


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SHUVAPRASANNA: NIGHT-WATCH
A child of the hallowed midnight hour when India in the words of the new premier, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, was preparing to keep its tryst with destiny, Shuvaprasanna grew up in a world where the euphoric flush of optimism at having shaken off the yoke of British rule quickly gave way to a sense of national apathy and despair. As a young adult he sought his identity in the vortex that was India, post-Independence. Poverty, joblessness, a gnawing disillusion only added to his feeling of being marginalised. Like other young men, he too felt inspired by the radical teachings of the age.

The intellectuals especially in Bengal saw the Leftists as a political party that shared their sensibilities and for decades along with the rest, Shuvaprasanna too saw no reason to change his ideological leanings.

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