Saturday, July 2, 2011

A show that celebrates Tagore school legacy

A unique artistic collaboration between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Kolkata-based Akar Prakar has resulted in an elaborate exhibition of artists from the state of West Bengal.

The event has been arranged in Munich and Berlin to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of legendary poet-painter Rabindranath Tagore. The organizers have collated works by Aditya Basak, Jayashree Chakravorty, Shraboni Roy, Manjari Chakrabarty, Shraboni Roy, Debraj Goswami, and Adip Datta, among others. The selection has been made keeping in mind the Tagore school legacy. The Munich show is being hosted at the Neumeister Gallery.

The ICCR was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first Education Minister. The Council helps formulate and implement policies pertaining to India’s external cultural relations, to foster mutual understanding between India and other countries and to promote cultural exchanges with other peoples.

Its objectives are to participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs relating to India's external cultural relations; to foster cultural relations and mutual understanding with other countries; to promote cultural exchange: and to develop relations with national and inter-national cultural organizations.

Akar Prakar, is an open – air, display friendly art gallery. Reena and Abhijit Lath bring to it three generations of art insight. It has supported fledging artists and has featured several seniors. The gallery is open to all medium of expression, without restricting itself to only paintings. Therefore, hosting sculpture shows, installations, photography & prints expositions too.

The venue strives to make a difference in its projection of contemporary Indian art, not only through its many shows but also through its catalogues, art journals and books on important artists and of late, is realizing the necessity of going beyond the frontiers of the country and cooperating with kindred organizations, to showcase works of significant artists from India.

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