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Achyut Palav is a familiar face in the art community of India- A renowned calligrapher whose life’s mission has been to propagate Indian scripts. He has been a part of prestigious events in India & abroad & contribution in the world of art & design has not been restricted to calligraphy. He has to his credit many corporate campaigns, promotions, logos etc. The program Calligraphy Roadways conceptualized & executed by Achyut Palav & his Urja team had toured the lengths & breadths of India. This founder of the 1st ever School of Calligraphy in India has also popularized the fusion of performing arts with Calligraphy.
Amar Muchhala was born in Bombay, India. Having completed his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on its world renowned Opera Course, he continues his studies with Prof. Rudolph Piernay, and Jeffery Talbot. He has also studied in masterclasses with maestro José Cura, Isobel Buchanan, Carlo Rizzi, Patricia Rozario, Edith Wiens, Hans-Peter Blochwitz, Robert Dean, Jonathan Hinden, Neil Jenkins, Julian Gavin. His training in western classical music began at Franklin & Marshall College, USA, where he completed his degree in Business Management and French Literature.
Hanuman Kambli is one of India’s foremost printmakers.He is an outstanding artist, painter and teacher. His works address his personal experiences of Indian mythology and philosophy.He was a Fulbright Scholar and has an international reputation.In 2009 invited invited as a ‘International visiting scholar’ at the Montclair State University,U.S.A. He lives and works in Goa -India.
|Harshada Kerkar Sonak
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.
K.S. Radhakrishnan is a sculptor. Born in 1956 in Kottayam (Kerala), he was educated in Santiniketan (West Bengal). He has had more than fifteen solo shows including at Centre des Bonds de Marne, LePerreux-Brysur-Marne (France), Lalit Kala Akademi (New Delhi) and at Birla Academy of Art and Culture (Kolkata) amongst others. Among the numerous group shows at which his works have been exhibited are the National Exhibition at New Delhi (1980); Triennalle India (1990); Salon International de la Sculpture Contemporaine at Nouveav Forum des Halles, Paris (1995); Hippodrome d’elongchamp, Paris (1996); Espace Michel Simon-Noisy le grand, France (1996). Radhakrishnan has installed open air sculptures across the country and abroad including at the TMI foundation, Cotignac, France. He lives in Delhi with his wife and son.
Kavita Shah is a visual artist, painter, print maker, educationist, also a founder member of Chhaap Foundation for Printmaking Trust. She coordinates many projects and workshops at Chhaap to bring awareness for limited edition original prints since last 11 years. She has taught in college of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda and has conducted several workshops for NID and other colleges. Since past seven years, she teaches in College of Architecture as Associate Professor.
Kavita has participated in major juried shows in India, such as National exhibition, Triennial-India and Bharat Bhavan Print biennial. She has received awards from state level shows organized by Lalitkala Academi, of Gujarat, Karnataka and AIFACS.She has curated many international print portfolios like Footprints- on women Print makrs, Ganjifa-on the deck of cards and recently on the game of Snakes and Ladders. She presented Footprint folio in SGC, Kansas, and in many cities in India. Ganjifa folio was shown at Impact 6, UWE, Bristol, UK. She has given talk on contemporary print making in India in MPCVA, Mumbai And at Impact 5, Tallinn Estonia. Kavita was artist- in- residence in Finland and Italy and have worked in print studios. In La couriere et Frelaut, Paris and Print Making Workshop with Robert Blackburn, New York, USA. Apart from printmaking, she loves travelling and meeting people.
Born and brought up in the northern town of Baramullah Kashmir, M.Amin Bhat Started his artistic career 3 decades ago as a Founder member of Mehboob cultural Society Baramullah, a theatre group of repute in Kashmir. His first Stage play Man-a-Kis Wanas manz staged in 1985 won him an academy award followed by his first Nationally awarded Radio platy Nav Tre - Aana Satovuh…………… in 1987. His innovative style of experimentation in traditional Kashmir Theater ( Band Pather) adopting contemporary Socio Political themes earned critical acclaim and many State academy awards for plays like Myon Kaya Soonchu? Ye Naar Kaem Deut? Yes Ye Hajat Tas Te Rawa. Written and staged before 199O.
Amin Bhat’s most acclaimed plays termed as plays of Identity by Indian Express have been staged during the past one decade when a bold initiative was taken by Bhat and some of his theatre colleagues to re-start theatre activities in Kashmir. The plays like Naad, awarded as the best play by Academy and Doordarshan, Tchal ( The Trap); White Paper, Shinakti Card, acknowledged as a classic in Kashmiri literature and filmed by Doordarshan; White Paper and April Fool, are some of the highly acclaimed stage plays written and directed by Bhat. These plays, portraying the prevailing circumstances and aimed at objective artistic analysis of the situation have created a space for intellectual inter-action in a charged atmosphere particularly for the uniqueness of their non-propagative approach as most of them speak between the lines and the thematic message is conveyed without any loud expression of words or action.
M.Amin Bhat, is the President of Kashmir Theatre Federation and Executive member of Adabi Markaz Kamraz,
Besides being actively associated with Kashmir Theatre, Bhat has written many serials, films and plays for electronic media and Popular Morning Show Subhai –Subhai from DD Kashir which bagged National award was anchored by Bhat for three years.
|Vamona Ganesh Navelcar
Senior artist, Vamona Ananta Sinai Navelcar (Ganesh), is surely a state treasure of Goa, whose remarkable oeuvre spans several decades. Twice recipient of Gulbenkian fellowships (1963 and 1971), he won an international award at the International Exhibition of Art in Monte Carlo for his ink drawing, Angosh Woman. A prolific master of line, he has specialised in murals and bas-relief composed of metallic, wooden and glass structures. His works are in private collections and museums worldwide
Vipin Sharma is an actor living in Mumbai. After studies at the National School of Drama, he traveled to Canada, where he lived for 15 years, ran a cafe and edited movies. He is best known for his role in the movie Taare Zameen Par, which was nominated for an Oscar. He has recently acted in the films Sahib, Bibi Aur Gangster, Pan Singh Tomar and The Gangs of Wasseypur.
|Walter Emilio D'Souza
Walter was born in 1957 in Mumbai(Bombay). He completed his BFA Painting in 1981, and further studied MFA Graphic Art in 1983 at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara (Baroda). He is a visiting faculty for the Basic Design Course at School of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad since 1989. He lives and works from Ahmedabad(Gujarat) and Aldona(Goa).