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|Dr. Alka Pande
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
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.
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
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
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
Lives and works in Bombay, India
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
|Dr. Subodh Kerkar
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
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.
artist and curator has a M.F.A Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University,Baroda.
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
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 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>>