Thursday, February 16, 2012

5th National Level Photographic Competition 2011-12

5th National Level Photographic Competition 2011-12 Posted by: "Sheetal - Karmayog" Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:55 am (PST)

Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India and Photo Division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting are jointly organizing the 5th National Photo Contest on the theme: "ARTISTS AT WORK" for Amateur photographers, especially tribals are invited to complete.
Prize Amount
1st Prize Rs. 25,000/-
Special Talent Award for the best Tribal Photographer Rs. 20,000/-
2nd Prize Rs. 15,000/-
3rd Prize Rs. 10,000/-
Commendation Awards (10) Rs. 5, 000/-
For detailed guidelines and rules, please see Ministry of Tribal Affairs' web-site and Photo Division's website Last date of sending entries is 9th March, 2012.

Shilp Guru Award-call for recommendations

Shilp Guru Award - 2011 Posted by: "Sheetal - Karmayog" Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:54 am (PST)

Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) Government of India Ministry of Textiles West Block No.7, R.K. Puram, New Delhi - 110066
Shilp Guru Award - 2011
Application duly filled in the prescribed format are invited from National Awardees, State Awardees and Craftpersons of exceptional and extraordinary skills and having made immense contribution to the Handicrafts Sector in the past, who are not below the age of 55 years for selection to the Shilp Guru Award - 2011.
The application along with his two passport size photographs and minimum four 10"X8" size photographs of the masterpieces made by him should be deposited in the Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) latest by 30th April, 2012.
The proforma for submitting the application can be had from Office of the Regional Directors/RD&TDCs/ Assistant Director (HC), M&SECs of Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), and on website address
The selected Shilp Gurus will be given a Gold Coin, one Shawl and one Citation. In addition, appropriate Financial Assistance will be sanctioned to each selected Shilp Guru to innovate and create ten new products of high level of excellence, high aesthetic value and high quality befitting the stature of the Guru. In addition, Shilp Gurus will also be associated in various activities, so that they can get benefit from the various schemes of this office.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

First Durga Bhagwat Endowment Lecture on Wednesday, 15th February, 2012, at 6.00 p.m. at the Homi J.H. Taleyarkhan Memorial Hall, Red Cross Building, Town Hall Premises. The lecture will be delivered by Anne Feldhaus, Professor of Religious Studies, Arizona State University, Temple, U.S.A., on “Images of Womanhood in Two Dhangar Ovis.”

First Durga Bhagwat Endowment Lecture on Wednesday, 15th February, 2012, at 6.00 p.m. at the Homi J.H. Taleyarkhan Memorial Hall, Red Cross Building, Town Hall Premises. The lecture will be delivered by Anne Feldhaus, Professor of Religious Studies, Arizona State University, Temple, U.S.A., on “Images of Womanhood in Two Dhangar Ovis.”

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Renew your perception of Art

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see.
- Anais Nin -b A Survivor's Sunrise Ritual
No two sunrises are ever the same. Debbie Wagner knows this better than almost anyone else. With earnest devotion, she has risen in the darkness more than 2,200 times so she could observe and paint the sunrise. She's rarely missed a morning since December 2005; for Wagner, the daily ritual is sustaining. "As a brain-tumor survivor, I lost so many of the loves I had, like reading and writing and mathematics," said Wagner. And increasingly, Wagner's artwork is taking on personal significance for others as well. Three weeks ago, the family of Justin Tyler Berry reached out to Wagner: "My 24-year-old nephew was killed in a car accident December 12th, 2011 -- the day of his last sunrise here with us," Cox wrote. "I would like to purchase that day's painting, if it is available, and also December 13th, 2011. Both unframed please." A touching story of beauty and connection. { read more } Be The Change
Renew your perception of beauty within the familiar -- and share what you discover with someone today.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Balasubramaniam opens at Talwar, New Delhi

Detail Detail Detail Stone Waves (Detail)
Nothing From My
Hands (Detail)
Between Here and There (Detail)
Nothing From My Hands
C-84 Neeti Bagh New Delhi 110049

Talwar Gallery is delighted to present Nothing from My Hands, a solo exhibition of new sculptural installations by Alwar Balasubramaniam. The exhibition will open to the public on January 25 and run through April 27, 2012.

Balasubramaniam (aka Bala) continues his pursuit of bringing to form the formless and making us realize the potential of the hidden. “Nothing From My Hands” brings together two of Bala’s major conceptual pursuits. For over a decade the artist has been casting works using his own body and placing himself literally between the art and the viewer, negotiating the skin as an edge where one’s own individual physical self ends and everything else begins. Employing the cast from his hands, he materializes a form that exists only when the hands are clasped and ceases to exist when they are opened. However, by casting that space he has allowed us to view that which would not be visible directly. This casting method also enables the interior (between the hands) to become the exterior. As Bala remarks, “Our respect for material reality is more than that for the non material and non visible, we think of nothing as negative. I am attempting here to show even nothing is something beautiful.”
This conceptual pursuit is further explored in a new body of metal sculptures, created with an intricate lattice construction of lines, flowing gracefully with no apparent endings or beginnings, where the form merges onto itself, where there is no clear demarcation between the inside and outside, the self and the other, where both exists together as one.
Alwar Balasubramaniam was born in 1971 in Tamil Nadu, India. His works have been exhibited in institutions worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY (2010); Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (2010); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2008); Essl Museum, Austria (2009); 1st Singapore Biennale (2006); École des Beaux Arts, Paris, France (2005) and last year at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia. In 1999 he was an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. Bala was the recipient of the Charles Wallace India Trust Arts Fellowship Award in 1997, and in 2006 he was awarded the Sanskriti Award for Excellence in Visual Arts. In 2008 he was invited to teach in the Art Department at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Alwar Balasubramaniam lives and works in Bangalore, India. His work is currently on view through Spring of 2012 at The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC.
For further information please contact the gallery or visit
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RUMMANA HUSSAIN Through February 25, 2012
ALSO ON VIEW Detail RANJANI SHETTAR Dewdrops and Sunshine @ National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia Through February 26, 2012 Crossing detail
A. BALASUBRAMANIAM Sk(in) @ The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, US Through April 2012
ALLAN deSOUZA The World Series @ SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA, US Through February 25, 2012 __________________________________ TALWAR GALLERY
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