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3rd September 2008 - 5th September 2008
Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
08th September, 2008 - 20th September, 2008
Art Alive Gallery S-221, Panchsheel Park New Delhi - 110017

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Buddhadeb Dasgupta

Buddhadeb Dasgupta

Biography

Buddhadeb Dasgupta was born in 1944 in Anara, India. Bengali poet and director, Dasgupta was a lecturer in economics at Calcutta University. Many of his poems have been published in various journals. His poeticism has been extended to cinema as well. Dasgupta won several national awards and a special jury prize for directing at 2000 Venice International Film Festival for The Wrestlers (Uttara).

Buddhadeb Dasgupta began his fi lm career with documentaries. His fi rst was a ten-minute documentary called The Continent of Love (1968) followed by several more till his did several more including King of Drums (1974) which won the Best Documentary Award. His fi rst feature fi lm Dooratwa (1968) was shot within 16 days. Then came Andhi Galli (1978). Neem Annapurna (Bitter Morsel) in 1979 placed him on the map of international cinema. The fi lm received awards at the Karlovy Vary and Locarno International Film Festivals. Sheet Grishmer Smriti (Season’s Memoirs) (1982), produced by Doordarshan, was based on a Dibyendu Palit story and so was Grihajuddha (1982). Phera (1986). Bagh Bahadur, Tahader Katha, Charachar, Lal Darja, Uttara, Mondo Meyer Upakhyan and Swapner Din mark the evolution of the director from literary narratives to post-modern non-narratives. Buddhadeb Dasgupta has tried to re-defi ne the auteur in cinema. From Dooratwa to The Voyeurs, the stamp of his individuality is marked both cinematographically and through his literary source.


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Golak Khandual

Golak Khandual

Biography

Born in 1959, Orissa. Pursued Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi (1983) and then worked as freelance architect. In 1986 Trained and worked as a makeup Assistant to Wendy freeman on a fi fteen hour television serial called ‘The Banyan Tree’; ‘In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones’ by Pradip Krishen and Arundhati Roy (1988); and also designed the sets and landscape for the feature fi lm ‘Electric Moon’ (1989-90). Amongst his architectural ventures are: an extension of Corpus Christi School, Kottayam, Kerala originally designed by Laurie Baker (1987); worked on the Natural History Museum for Satpura National park; worked as part of the task force with government of Madhya Pradesh to prepare an integrated Conservation Plan for Pachmarhi and worked at Baba Amte’s Anandwan, Warora ,developing prototype houses to be built by users who were cured leprosy patients; worked on safety measures in the school building for children at AADI, New Delhi; designed the buildings for Timbaktu Collective in Andhra Pradesh and a botanic laboratory for Centre for Science for Villages, Wardha (2000-2002) and he lived and worked in Himachal Pradesh designing buildings in Mashobra and Sidhbari (2002-2004). In 1992, traveled to Bhutan to study traditional architecture and made a series of paintings of Dzongs and Chhortens for the SAARC Complex for the Royal government of Bhutan. Held several painting and drawing Exhibition seasonally throughout. Presently lives in New Delhi; coping his time in between architecture, painting, writing and teaching.


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Jagannath Panda

Jagannath Panda

Biography

Born 1970, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, he completed his BFA in Sculpture at B.K. College of Arts and Crafts in Orissa (1991), and his MFA in Sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Baroda (1994) and consequently obtained a second MFA in Fine Sculpture from the Royal College of Arts, London (2002).

He has held solo exhibitions of his works including ‘Cults of Serendipity’, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco in 2012; ‘Metropolis of Mirage’, Nature Morte, New Delhi in 2011; ‘Nothing is Solid’, Mumbai (2007); at Berkley Square Gallery, London (2006); various shows in New Delhi and Mumbai in 2000-2005 and at Za moca Foundation Gallery, Tokyo (1998).

Amongst his group shows are‘Living Walls: where gallery walls become artist’s canvas’ A collaborative art project with Art Alive Gallery, 2013; ‘Indian Highway VI’,Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing in 2012; ‘Slipping Through The Cracks’, Lattitude 28, New Delhi in 2012; ‘A Further Global Encounter’, Grosvenor Vadehra Gallery, London in 2012; ‘Indian Highway IV’, Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, France in 2011; ‘Transformation’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo in 2010; ‘Commonwealth Games Exhibition’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 2010; ‘Beyond Globalization’, Beyond Art Space, Beijing in 2009; ‘Indian Art at swarovski ‘Crystal World’, 2nd Exhibition, Tirol- Osterreich, Austria in 2008; ‘Hear and Now: Young Voices from India’, London in 2007).

Jaganath won the Lalit Kala Akademi Award in1990, and the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award, New Delhi in 1996 and Centre Prize, C.I.I.C, London in 2002. He lives and works in New Delhi.




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Riyas Komu

Riyas Komu

Biography

Born 1971 Kerala completed both his B.F.A and M.F.A from Sir J.J.School of Art, Mumbai (1999).

His solo exhibition includes; \'Condition\', Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi in 2012; \'Oil\'s Well, Let\'s Play!\', Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan in 2010-11; \'Subrata to Cesar\', Gallery Maskara, Mumbai in association with The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai in 2010; \'Safe to Light\', Azad Art Gallery, Tehran in 2010; \'Related List\', Bodhi Art, Berlin; \'Mark Him (Second Half)\', Galerie 88, Kolkata in 2008.

He has participated in number of group shows across the globe, including \'Peak Shift Effect\', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi in 2013; \'2 + 2 = 5\', The Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi; \'The Contemporary Sultanate\', presented by Exhibit 320 at One Style Mile, Olive, New Delhi in 2012; Gallery Sumukha, Chennai; \'Pause: A Collection\', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai; \'High-Light\', presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai at The Oberoi, Gurgaon; \'Palimpsest\', Aicon Gallery, New York; \'Tolstoy Farm: Archive of Utopia\', presented by Seven Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; \'Tech-Cut-Edge-Revelations\', Ashna Gallery, New Delhi; \'Myth - Reality: Constructing Cult-ure\', The Guild, Mumbai in 2011.

He is a recipient of K.K.Hebbar Foundation Society Scholarship in 1997- 1999, Bombay Art Society Award in 1996 and Maharashtra State Art Prize in 1995. He lives and works in Mumbai.



Statement

These three photographs are taken in New York, recently, with an interest to illustrate the�portrait of a new age city-sky.


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Valsan Koorma Kolleri

Valsan Koorma Kolleri

Biography

Born in Pattiam, Malabar, Valsan studied at College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai (1976), Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Baroda (1979) and Ecole Nationale Superior Des Beaux Arts, Paris (1986). Amongst his selected solo shows are: ‘New clearage: Retrospective as Artwork’, New York (2007); ‘Retrospective as Artwork’ at Bangalore and Germany (2005), and Dublin (2004); ‘Drainage: Rain Harvesting Sculpture’, New Delhi (2004); ‘Stone Age and Bronze Age’, Chennai (1989). Also participated in many group shows, the selected ones are: ‘Santhal Family: positions Around an Indian Sculpture’, Belgium (2008); ‘Souvenirs D’en France’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (1993); ‘Rim Bound: An Indian Summer’, Traveling Show, showcased at Hyderabad, Pondicherry, Chennai and Besancon in 1992; ‘Envelope’, Russia consulate, Chennai (1973). He is recipient of several honors and awards, Sixth Bharat Bhavan Biennale of Indian Contemporary Art Grant Prize (1996); International Fellowship Award and Visitor ship in Visual Arts, MAAA and USIA; National Academy Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (1990); French Govt. Scholarship to study and resident artist at Des Beaux Arts (1986) and Outstanding Junior Fellowship for Artist in the Field of Plastic Art, Ministry of Education, New Delhi (1984-86). He presently lives and works in Kerala.


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