Celebrating Kolkata’s veteran artists – The Hindu

A walk at Abanindranath Tagore’s house at Konnagar during the first edition of The City as a Museum. 

A stroll at Abanindranath Tagore’s home at Konnagar throughout the first version of The Metropolis as a Museum. 
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Two Bengal-based feminine artists who have been widespread throughout their time however are on the verge of being forgotten might be celebrated throughout this yr’s The Metropolis as a Museum occasion held yearly by the Delhi Artwork Gallery (DAG) to mark Worldwide Heritage Week. Visits to the houses of Shanu Lahiri and Amina Ahmed Kar might be among the many key occasions, unfold throughout eight places, organised by the DAG from November 18-27.

“There are such a lot of situations the place we see that our grandmothers or moms learnt artwork or practiced it however their works are by no means seen publicly and stay in household collections. In uncommon instances, households take the initiative and have the assets to protect and showcase these works, which is what we see within the case of Shanu Lahiri and Amina Kar and which is why we’re capable of share their work by way of a go to to their household houses and house-museums as part of this pageant,” DAG’s Sumona Chakravarty instructed  The Hindu.

The City as a Museum event is being held in and around Kolkata since 2021 and which will move to Mumbai next year.

The Metropolis as a Museum occasion is being held in and round Kolkata since 2021 and which can transfer to Mumbai subsequent yr.
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Wealthy archive

“Shanu Lahiri was a exceptional artist and educator who mobilised a girls artists’ collective, practiced public artwork, wrote and spoke on the function of artwork, and constructed a wealthy archive of the works of the artists, musicians, writers in her inventive group. Her household is now within the strategy of digitising this archive, which can give artwork lovers and students a glimpse into the town’s cultural panorama post-Independence. We’re fortunate to have the ability to get a view of the method of placing this archive collectively and I hope it conjures up others to delve into the forgotten histories in their very own households,” Ms. Chakravarty stated.

“Amina Ahmed Kar is one other artist that we’re in peril of dropping sight of fully. She was a author and painter who moved from figurative works to non-figurative, geometric expressions, gathering in density and darkness over the interval of her life. She additionally made some sculptural work which is on show on the Amina Kar gallery (her dwelling) — the one venue the place folks can nonetheless see a few of her work often. Alongside along with her drawings and sketches, these not often seen artifacts will remind us of her enduring significance right now as an experimental artist who pushed the boundaries of self-expression by way of numerous formal improvements,” she stated.

Different highlights on the occasion

Different highlights at this yr’s The Metropolis as a Museum occasion, being held in and round Kolkata since 2021 and which can transfer to Mumbai subsequent yr, embrace excursions of the Hooghly Imambara in addition to lesser-known treasure troves of artwork and literary-cultural supplies such because the Uttarpara Jaykrishna Public Library and Prasad Tagore Palace.

“By exploring how surprising components of the town may be seen as treasure troves of artwork, we hope we will make our wealthy heritage of visible artwork and our historical past extra related and accessible for all,” Ms. Chakravarty stated.

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