artists/performers/PUBLISHERS 2011

Dr. Alka Pande
Dr. Alka PandeDr. Alka Pande, currently Consultant Art Advisor and Curator, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, has curated some of the most unusual and perceptive shows in recent times, in India as well as internationally. She has also been a Reader at the Department of Fine Arts, Punjab University, Chandigarh, and has a range of academic papers and lectures on diverse aspects of art to her credit.

Dr. Pande holds a Post-Doctoral degree in Critical Art Theory from Goldsmith’s College, under the aegis of the Charles Wallace India Trust Award, apart from an MA and PhD in History of Art from Punjab University, and an MA in History from Mumbai University.

A recipient of the Chevaliers dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Letters – Knight of the Order of Art and Letters – from the French government in 2006, in recognition of her contribution in the field of art. IN 2009 she received an award from the Asia India Council for her contribution to the arts. Dr. Pande has authored several books on art and history, prominent ones being Ardhnarishvara, the Androgyne – Probing the Gender Within; Masterpieces of Indian Art; Indian Erotica; The New Age Kama Sutra for Women; From Mustard Fields to Disco Lights – Folk Music and Musical Instruments of Punjab, Shringara the many Faces of Indian Beauty, among others.
She lives in New Delhi with her husband and daughter.

 
Apurva Kulkarni
Apurva kulkarniApurva is a graduate in Fine Arts from the local college here and a post-graduate in art history from M.S. University, Baroda. He has been teaching art history, design, cultural studies and art appreciation in institutes as various as the Goa College of Art, the Goa College of Architecture, at the BBA in MES College Vasco and the MBA in the Goa University, besides having taught at the Kala Academy’s College of Music and the School of Theatre as well. He has conducted art appreciation and art history courses as well as film appreciation courses at various galleries in Goa including Gallery Gitanjali. He was the founder member of the first art group in Goa in the mid-eighties - Synchronicity. Besides pioneering curated art exhibitions in the state, Apurva has also been an art critic in the early nineties: his essays have been published in the Navhind Times and the Gomantak Times As an artist Apurva has been active in the past decade and has pioneered performance and installation art in Goa. Since then he has held a solo show and participated in group shows exhibiting his installations, assemblages and drawings in and out of Goa and the country. He conceived and started Lila an open studio which hosted interdisciplinary events which led to him being active as a graphic designer as well. Apurva Kulkarni's artworks through the years have encompassed performance art, installations, assemblages and drawings. This protean nature is reinforced by an enduring interest in Jung, mythology, popular art and culture: especially comics and graphic novels.
 
Atul Dodiya
The paintings by Atul Dodiya are populated by diverse traditions in painting, the written words, images from the media and of saints, legends, national history, political events, traumata and autobiographical narratives. His allegorical paintings on canvas or metal roller shutters and watercolours may be aggressive or poetic.
Atul Dodiya had 27 solo shows in India and abroad, which includes a mid career retrospective at Japan Foundation Asia Centre, Tokyo in 2001 and a solo show in Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid in 2002; Showed in 1st Yokohoma Triennale, 51st Venice Biennale, Documenta 12, 7th Gwangju Biennale, 3rd Moscow Biennale and Centre Pompidou.
Lives and works in Bombay, India
 
Barikyrpang Kharnaior
 
Durgabai Vyam
Born in a village in Dindori district of eastern Madhya Pradesh in the gond tribe. She started making dignas at the age of six—using different kinds of clay to draw colourful patterns on walls during festivals and weddings. She has done art work for several books, primarily for children. The Night Life of Trees, coauthored by her, won the BolognaRagazzi Award in 2008. She has handled a wide range of themes—from our Gond gods to the horror of the Bhopal gas leak. she has enjoyed drawing Ambedkar’s life along with her husband Subhash. While doing the book she once told Anand, this is like the Ramayana! He said,’No, this is Bhimayana’—and that’s how they hit upon this title. The most striking feature of Durga Bai’s paintings is their ability to tell a story. Her forms are mostly drawn from the pantheon of the Gond Pardhan community. Durga Bai also enjoys painting folktales. For this she is grateful to her grandmother who told her lots of stories. Durga Bai’s work is rooted in her birthplace, Burbaspur, a village in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh. more>>
 
Gulam Mohd Sheikh
Gulammohammed Sheikh was born 1937 in Surendranagar, Gujarat
Studied painting at Baroda 1955-61, and at the Royal College of Art, London 1963-66. Taught art history between 1966-82 and painting, as professor of painting, between 1982-93 at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda. Concurrently involved in the movement of modern Gujarati literature: collection of poems ‘Athawa’ published 1974. Essays on art in Indian and international journals and lectured widely in Asia, Europe and USA.Held a series of solo exhibitions since 1960 and participated in several group exhibitions in India and abroad since 1959 including ‘Returning Home’, a solo exhibition of paintings held at the Centre George Pompidou, Paris, 1985, for the Festival of India in France. Conferred Padmashri by Government of India in 1983.Lives and works in Vadodara.
 
Harshada Kerkar
Harshada Kerkar Sonak was born in 1965, to a family of artists in Goa. Her father was an artist and her brother, Subodh, is one of the state's most renowned watercolourists as well as a medical doctor. The family also owns their own art gallery in Goa, which has become a centre of great artistic and cultural activity in the state. Harshada has obtained her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with a focus in Painting from the SNDT University, Mumbai. Kerkar has many solo and group exhibitions to her credit and has also participated in the annual national Lalit Kala Academy exhibitions in New Delhi.

Kerkar Sonak's portraits are truly amazing. Whether painting in oils or working with pastels, the artist captures the expressions and moods of her subjects with photographic realism. Her choice of colour also enhances the communicative power of the works and viewers are left amazed by Harshada's ability to freeze and capture intangibles like innocence, joy and pain.

The artist lives and works in Goa.

 
Himanshu Suri
Himanshu Suri, better known as Heems, is an Indian-American artist and writer from Queens, NY. He is a rapper in the alternative rap group Das Racist. Das Racist has performed across the US, Europe, and Asia, including China and Korea. In 2010 they performed at the Whitney Biennial and were nominated at Sundance Film Festival for Best Narrative Short for their video for "Who's That Brooown?!". He manages the group and has also released their first album, Relax, on his record label Greedhead Music distributed by Sony. Suri has also written about music and all things South Asian for Village Voice, Death and Taxes, Fuse, Stereogum and Alternet. He is an alumnus of New York's Stuyvesant High School and Wesleyan University. He has also studied at London's School of Oriental and African Studies.
 
Hubert Johnson Shandap
 
Kanchan Ghosh
Kanchan GhoshBorn in Allahabad, Kanchan Ghosh took his Bachelors Degree in Arts from Allahabad University and simultaneously worked as an Actor on stage before moving to New Delhi where he worked in television writing and producing videotape news stories.He now lives in Mumbai and independently works as writer-director for films. His film 'Shwet' (White) was recently screened at IFFI 2011, Goa and will now travel to the Dhaka Film Festival. His other recent film 'Motor Mechanic Phulwa ki Kamaal Kahani' will have it's world premiere on Star Utsav on 25th. December 2011.
 
Leonard Fernandes
 
Lou Majaw
Lou Majaw (born 1947) is a Khasi guitar strumming singer who is big Fan of Bob Dylan from Shillong in the North-Eastern India.Born to a poor family, the Majaws could not afford a guitar or a radio. In a friend's house he was introduced to the music of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley, and taught himself the guitar as most boys and girls did in those days.His mother sent him to a boarding school where his love for music grew. Majaw then moved on to Kolkata (Calcutta) where he sang in bars and pubs for various groups such as the Dynamite Boys, Vanguards, Supersound Factory, and Blood and Thunder. In 1966, Lou was introduced to Bob Dylan's work. Inspired by his music, he later organized a "Dylan's birthday concert" in Shillong on 24 May 1972. Since then he has organized the concert each year on 24 May to pay obeissance to Dylan, with the shows generating national and international interest. more>>
 
Luis Gumby Pinto
Louis John PintoLouis John Pinto, better known to all as Gumby, is Pakistan’s most dynamic and popular drummer having been a definitive part of the country’s music industry for the part two decades.He has toured, recorded and produced a range of genres and is well known for projects like Coke Studio, Noori, Uth Records and has recorded some of the biggest names in the Pakistani music industry. His contribution to the folk, contemporary and traditional music can be heard on television, radio and the internet.He was member of Noori, Vital Signs and many more bands.
 
Pamela Prakash
 
Rupert Nongkhlaw
Sanjeev Desai
 

Sohaila Kapur
Sohaila Kapur has done her masters in Political Science and has a diploma in journalism. She is a writer/playwright/actress /director, who started her writing career with the Times of India. She worked as a journalist with them for ten years at their head office in Mumbai, after which she took up the editorship of Care, a Free Press Journal publication, which also runs a television channel today.

Subsequently, she devoted herself to free lance writing. She has published over a hundred articles in all the mainstream newspapers and journals, has authored a book on Indian esoteric rites, called Witchcraft In Western India, which was also the reason for her selection as the anchor for a National Geographic Channel film on the subject titled ` Indian Witch Hunt’, that won the best NGC film award. She is in the process of writing two more books; one on women from Indian history and the other on her own extended family of reputed film makers.

Sohaila is also an actress and has worked with some of television’s and Bollywood’s top talents in approximately 20 television serials, one national award winning feature film and an equal number of theatrical productions. She has also worked for Canadian Television in Toronto as a writer, production coordinator and anchor.

She is also a playwright and her maiden venture, a musical called Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan, premiered at the prestigious Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in 2002, after which it was invited by the Arts Council of England to a five city tour of Britain. Subsequently it had a successful tour of Singapore. It premiered in India on December 5, 2008 as Mahim Junction and has since performed several times in Delhi and has travelled to Mumbai and Hyderabad in India and to Dubai, Oman and Malaysia, abroad. It was also selected for the prestigious National School of Drama Festival, in Jan 2010 and the Qadir Ali Baig Festival in 2009. It is slated to travel to North America and Europe late 2011.

Sohaila has written several other plays, which have been performed in the capital. Amongst them are Halloween for children (at the India Habitat Centre, Delhi), Dracula Meets Page 3 (at the Marriott, Delhi), Obsessions (at the India International Centre, Delhi), A Club of Her Own (for the 10th anniversary of the Indian Women Press Corps, at the Taj Palace Hotel, Delhi, where the Prime Minister was the chief guest) and A Christmas Parable, for an international women’s organisation, which was performed at the German ambassador’s residence in New Delhi, in December 2003. She has written three musicals, The Monkey Man, Panchatantra and Rich Boy, Poor Boy for children. She has adapted five plays (four German and one British), four of which were turned into full- fledged productions directed by her. She has also directed other plays, starring distinguished actors like the veteran stage and screen.

 
Sonia Shirsat
 
Subhash Vyam
Subhash VyamSubhash Vyam started working with clay at the age of 10. He used to sculpt in wood. He gave that up since there were no buyers for bulky sculpture. He has since been doing paintings on canvas and paper. Once we cracked a way of doing the panels, the Ambedkar project gave us a lot of scope to experiment with¶fusing colours with black for instance. This was his first book and he is glad Durga and he did this together.
 
Dr. Subodh Kerkar
Dr. Subodh KerkarSubodh Kerkar gave up his medical profession to pursue his passion, visual art. For the past 20 years he has experimented with different media creating a niche for himself, especially in the field of land art and conceptual art.Subodh specializes in creating works using natural materials like shells, bamboo, stones and pebbles. He has also worked with plants.Subodh is the only artist in the country doing monumental works in nature.
Some of the large projects which he handled include:
Half a kilometer of installations at Miramar Beach, Goa during the inaugural International Film Festival of India in 2004.Recently Subodh created one kilometer long work titled ‘Unfolding of a Dream’ which incorporated 600 Tibetan prayer flags.
He lives and works in Goa, India and is the Founder of the Kerkar Art Complex, Calangute, Goa, founded in 1992.
 
Sunit Tondon
 
Suresh Jayaram
Visual artist and curator has a M.F.A Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University,Baroda. He
had been involved in teaching Art History at the Karnataka ChitraKala Parishath and was
later the Principal.
He is the founder director of Visual Art Collective/1.Shanthi Road, an
alternative space for visual art in Bangalore. As a Visual Artist he has been focusing on the history of Bangalore’s horticultural heritage and the changing landscape of Bangalore apart from researching contemporary Indian art. He is currently the curator for the Colombo Art Biennale 2012.
 
Vipin Sharma
Vipin Sharma Vipin Sharma graduated from the National School of Drama, New Delhi, India and after having worked in theatre and films for a bit migrated to Toronto, Canada in 1991 where he attended the prestigious Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre. He has recently shifted back to India to pursue his acting career.His first film Taare Zameen Par brought him two nominations for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role from Screen Awards and Cineblitz. The film was also India’s official entry to Oscars.Vipin is now working with some of the best directors of Bollywood like Sudhir Mishra, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Rahul Dholakia, Sriram Raghvan, Anurag Basu and Anurag Kashyap. He has acted in films like Lamha, Karthik Calling Karthik, Paan Singh Tomar, Yeh Sali Zindagi, Showman, The Blueberry Hunt, Saheb, Biwi aur Gangster and a film from Hollywood Florida Road.more>>