Thursday 31 December 2020

51st IFFI : Raj Pritam More "Khisa"finds entry in Indian Panorama 2020.

India's Marathi short film''Khisa''(Pocket) is now making its way to India after acclaimed so many international awards. ''Khisa''short film Official Selected in Indian Panorama for  51st International film festival of India, Goa 2021. 

The short film is Directed by Raj Pritam More. Produced by PP Cine Production Mumbai and Laaltippa Films. The film has been shot at  Akola ( Vidarbha).

Khisa is the story of a young boy who lives in a remote village in Maharashtra. He decides to get a large pocket stitched for his school shirt, in which he keeps all his precious belongings - petals, coins, marble balls; A pocket, he is proud of. It sets him apart from others his age, whose pockets are not only smaller in comparison but also ordinary and similar to each other in appearance.The little boy does not understand the politics of symbolism that adults engage in, and his pocket soon becomes a point of contention amongst elders in the village .

Khisa is the directorial debut short film of the director Raj Pritam More   which has got so many international awards, nominations and official selection. He quoted  Khisa is the story of the loss of innocence and coming-of-age of a young boy, is ironically symbolic of the times we live in. Khisa is a heart touching tale of a boy which will definitely give the audience a different perspective.He further said that Marathi movies are reaching new heights every day. Marathi content is making its marks not only in the country but all over the world.This 15 minute film will make a place in everyone's heart.

Raj Pritam More

From early this, short film ''Khisa'' won 2 Awards at the Istanbul Film Awards 2020.Best Film and Best Screenplay, 2 award international awards and in India very prestigious Screenplay Awards at 10th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival,New Delhi .India -20 .

Khisa also qualifies to compete for the prestigious Golden star Awards at the annual live screening gala of IFA, which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey in March 2021.

Also got a nomination for Best international Short Film and Best Director at Dublin International short and music festival 2020.Khisa also shown at world's premier online screening at (DISFMF) Dublin International short and music festival 20.

Khisa  got  2 prestigious awards at  Mumbai International cult Film Festival. BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR (MICFF GOLD) and BEST ACTOR IN SUPPORTING ROLE (SPECIAL JURY MENTION) . And it's also Official selection at Montreal Independent Film Festival Canada 2020 and  26th (KIFF) Kolkata International Film Festival 20. Official Selection at Dioroma International film festival  2020. Official Selection at (Jiff) Jaipur international film festival 2020.

Official Selection at Singapore international film festival 2020.  

It's also Official Selection at Dioroma Indie Shorts Awards Buenos Aires, Argentina 2020.

''Khisa''  is also selected at  Dharamshala International Film Festival  and set to world premiere at the prestigious Dharamshala International Film Festival.

Written by Kailash Waghmare ,Short film editor Santosh Maithani, Director of Photography Simarjit Singh Suman, Music by Parijat Chakraborty, Sound recordist by Kushal Sarda. Kailash Waghmare,Meenakshi Rathod,Shruti Madhydeep ,Dr Sheshpal Ganvir and Vedant Shrisagar (child actor) are in the lead roles.

Tuesday 29 December 2020

In their different ways, each of the nine artists in “The Winter Show” - 2020

At a moment when the world is under terrible threat from human activity and when the enormity of the challenge can leave one feeling mournful and overwhelmed, this exhibition offers a sense of solace, an occasion to remember how great our capacity to collaborate with nature actually is. In their different ways, each of the nine artists in“The Winter Show” — Ashok Namdeo Hinge, Pramod Apet, Rupesh Pawar, Santoshkumar Patil, Pravin Utge, Gunjan Shrivastava, Amit Bankar, Kranti Bankar, Prasanna Musale reach out to the natural environment for subject matter, for materials, for guidance. 
In the textured works of Ashok Hinge, for instance, the sheets of layered and folded. Prasanna Musale’s unique color and naturally occurring variation determines the palette and interplay of forms. The textures also play an important role in the work of Rupesh Pawar, but with distinctly different techniques andeffects. Preferring frottage to folding, Pawar lays his sheets and by rubbing inkstick and acrylic paint onto the traditional handmade paper he is able to create vigorous striated marks that he organizes into dense patterns that flood his works.

Amit Bankar’s mountainous forms on paper outnumber the naturally occurring but the overall structures, which can expand in profligate fashion like brambles, testify to the artist’s feeling for nature. Although the paintings by Kranti Bankar don’t feature any natural stone their effect rely on execution of charcoal on canvas, her subject matter clearly involves our relationship to the natural world. But a paean to nature isn’t the only thing on offer in “The Winter Show.” There is so much to be learned by looking at how the works of artist couples overlap and diverge.

The connection to organic growth and the interdependence of humans and animals in Santoshkumar’s work, as well as the sensitive attention to surfaces throughout, has a cumulative effect of slowing down your thoughts, heightening your senses, gently sweeping away the anxiety that increasingly permeates our thoughts. Perhaps this soothing effect has something to do with the handmade tactility of the work and the absence of all things electronic. All you need to make something worthy of attention, these artists remind us, is a rescued fragment of the natural world and a pair of hands.

Gunjan Shrivastava employs an abstract language that draws on natural phenomenon, but their differences are just as evident as she composes in planes and pursues translucency, and favors linear motifs and dramatic value shifts. Pervading her work is a conflation of the abstract and the everyday: her folded planar shards evoke the geometry of crystal formations, while her titles frequently allude to quotidian events and basic human relationships.

Pravin Utge explains that the essence of his work is to celebrate and sublimate the ordinary and noble life of Indian women. There are also some nice echoes between the two couples and the women he paints. Pramod Apet paints old cherished world and childhood memories which are now in the process of vanishing little by little. Also noticeable is the way in which Utge and Apet sometimes use very wide formats to envelope their viewers in a sublime expanse.

Over the last year there have been numerous exhibitions at Nippon but we still have some catching up to do when it comes to this group of artists. Among its other virtues, “The Winter Show” is a welcome opportunity to discover the work of 9 Indian artists whose work deserves to be better known. As you make your way through this exhibition, which offers a wonderfully generous selection of work, it’s also great to see more of the gradually emerging oeuvres of Artist which makes the botanical dimension of the show fascinating.


Moumita Sarkar 

 Artist/ Curator / Writer



Live : 15 to 31 December - 2020

Online Group show

Ashok Hinge I Pramod Apet I Santoshkumar R. Patil

Gunjan Shrivastava I Amit Bankar I Pravin Utge

Prasanna Musale I Rupesh Pawar I Kranti Bankar

Venue :

Wednesday 2 December 2020


About the Exhibition

3rd December- 7th January 2021

11:00 am – 6:30 pm | Tuesday – Saturday | By Appointment


The team at TARQ is delighted to present ‘YOU ARE ALL CAUGHT UP’ by Sameer Kulavoor. This is his second solo exhibition at TARQ. The show is made up of a series of paintings and drawings that are an expression of the artist's understanding of the tumultuous historical moment that we are currently experiencing. In this show, Kulavoor continues to be fascinated with Social Media, and looks deeply at ideas of the personal and political through the ubiquitous blue screen. 


Sameer Kulavoor, I LIKE IT. WHAT IS IT?, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches, 2019

While the artist has in some ways continued his unique observations of urban spaces – the

landscape he is intimately familiar with – he now looks at these regular haunts through the lens of the growing pandemic. In this, he grows curiouser and curiouser as to how and why people adapt to the times by consuming content that is now readily available at your fingertips, and often times, leads to an information overload. In many ways, his works are a documentation of life not only in an urban metropolis but the restless mental state of living through a time of political turmoil.


As a sign of the times, it is not uncommon to find the omnipresent cell phone in several works, serving to alienate, entertain and often, making the private, public. Kulavoor continues to question and dissect how humanity, as a whole, is adapting to and fighting against these unchartered territories seeking change.

About the Artist

Sameer Kulavoor (b.1983) is a visual artist living and working in Mumbai, India. His work lies at the intersection of art, graphic design & contemporary illustration and has taken the form of paintings, murals, books, zines, prints and objects. He is interested in why things look the way they do; constantly exploring and understanding the impact that time, culture, politics and socio-economic conditions have on our visible and invisible surroundings. In this age of visual overload, his work involves filtering, dissecting, documenting and de-familiarizing commonly seen subjects through the act of drawing, painting and design.  

Some of the zines he has produced include Sidewalks & Coffeeshops (2009), Zeroxwallah Zine (2011), The Ghoda Cycle Project (poster-book, 2012), Blued (book/zine, 2013) and Oh Flip (flipbooks, 2013). He exhibited The Ghoda Cycle Project at WDC Helsinki in 2012 and in Mumbai in 2013 while also collaborating with Paul Smith on a series of Ghoda Cycle Tee-shirt designs which were released worldwide. He presented select sketchbook drawings from between 2012 and 2016 as large serigraphs at Artisans', Kalaghoda, in a show titled 'Please Have A Seat' (2016). He has been working on a number of large scale public art projects and paintings which are on view in Auckland (New Zealand), Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi and Chennai. ‘A Man of the Crowd’ (2018) was Kulavoor’s first solo presentation at TARQ. Two of his new works were showcased at the TARQ booth group show at India Art Fair in 2019. Most recently, his drawings and paintings were part of ‘The Shifting City’ - Mumbai pavilion of ‘Making Heimat - Arrival City’ at the Goethe Institut Max Mueller Bhavan curated by Kaiwan Mehta. 

Kulavoor was the founder of Bombay Duck Designs which is presently directed by graphic artist + urdu/arabic typography specialist, Zeenat Kulavoor. Along with artist/designer Lokesh Karekar (Locopopo), Kulavoor also founded and curated six issues of 100%ZINE (currently on hiatus) – a visual arts magazine that discovers and showcases a wide range of visual art talent from India and abroad.

Digital Initiatives

As we continue to cope with the current coronavirus pandemic, the safety of our staff and visitors is our utmost priority. With various sanitization and safety measures in place, we invite you to the space to enjoy the artworks in the flesh – you can take an individual appointment with our team here. For those who are unable to come by, we are also making the exhibition more accessible online with a variety of digital initiatives. 

Virtual Exhibition Visit: If you are unable to make it to the gallery in person, one of the team members will walk you through the exhibition on display virtually via Zoom. You can take an appointment here.

Interactive Viewing Experience: We continue are collaboration with, Varun Ramanna and Charu Tak to develop a new experience for every exhibition, one that accentuates, rather than imitates the physical experience of visiting a show. Varun Ramanna is a multidisciplinary artist and technologist working in projects ranging from animation and VFX for television and film to new media and immersive experiences for clients all over the world. Charu Tak is a programmer and game developer. She predominantly works on new media projects for enterprise clients but also on commercial and independent game projects.


Online Viewing Room: Exhibitions hosted at TARQ starting in April 2020 are available to view on Each online viewing room allows visitors to access the individual works in the show, accompanied by details, installation images and in some cases, short video snippets with the artist.

Digital Catalogue: Since the inception of TARQ, we have published a catalogue for every exhibition, which are available to read and buy in print at the gallery. Since the pandemic, we have made all our past and current catalogues available online, so that our audiences can read the scholarly essays, interviews and points of view on the work that our artists do.

F35/36 Dhanraj Mahal,
C.S.M. Marg, Apollo Bunder,
Colaba, Mumbai - 400 001.

Phone: +91 22 6615 0424Email: info@tarq.inTimings: 11AM–6.30PMOpen: Tuesday - Saturday




Tuesday 1 December 2020

Nippon Gallery - The Natural Resurrection - Narratives in blue - by Gunjan Shrivastava

2020 is undeniably going to go down as one of the most eventful and an extraordinary year in history. The pandemonium of COVID-19 caught us off-guard and changed the way of life tagging it as new normal. This new normal indeed brought vivacity to long-overlooked “Mother Nature”. Conceptualized keeping the intriguing observations of natures evolvement through the pandemic, this collection embodies the healing process of the environment and its consequent resurrection.  

Governor of West Bengal Hon' Kesari Nath Tripathi with Gunjan Shrivastava cyanotype works 2019

And whilst the plague known to humankind lies stagnant, it is a marvel to watch nature reclaim and embrace itself; years and years of damage is being slowly healed, as in the short span of three weeks we see the Earth healing itself. The past century left mankind convinced that industrialization is human progress, and that the latter cannot coexist with the natural world. It took for the world to come to a standstill to remind us of the fact that we are, in fact, a part of this physical world. We are suddenly made aware of the notion that perhaps, there is a path for us to thrive without destroying that which surrounds us.

This collection is a call to action. By restoring degraded ecosystems and engaging in co-evolutionary processes, humankind can coexist, and even thrive by developing nature's wealth. This is our chance to identify it not as a plague, but as a cure. 

As an artist, years of my consciousness towards sustainability inspires me to explore cyanotypes which is a beautiful process of natural phenomenon. It is a meditative experience to see the sun as the source of energy, which magically translates my subjects into profoundly soulful works of art. Adding my signature touch to the collection, it further explores the theme of natural decay with broken leaves printed onto the paper, and are completed with embroidery using red fine string. The colour red here symbolizes blood veins. Metaphorically, the print of the leaf stands to portray that the elements present are natural. My body of works embarks on the awareness to restore the belief in redemptive restoration and emboldens better environmental practice to reclaim what is degraded, damaged and destroyed

Nippon Gallery is pleased to announce the launching of online solo exhibition

"The Natural Resurrection"
-Narratives in blue -
Gunjan Shrivastava

Online Solo Show

Contemporary Art Gallery Hall – 1
2nd to 9th December -2020

Thursday 26 November 2020

The Natural Resurrection - Narratives in blue By Gunjan Shrivastava Online Solo Show

30/32, 2nd Floor, Deval Chambers,
Nanabhai Lane, Flora Fountain, Fort, Mumbai – 400 001 India.

Wednesday 25 November 2020

“Celebrating Life” Indian Culture Paintings - Cyrus Bharucha, Art Consultant -Mumbai

Celebrating Life


Indian art is not monolithic, nor is there one kind of Indian-ness, in today’s global village, Indians are exposed to cross-cultural ideas and the work they produce is influenced by many sources. To be Indian, there’s no demarcatable identity. Your Indian-ness comes from the genius of possessing a membrane that absorbs and selectively absorbs from many cultures and indigenises it in the process. If you’re able to do that authentically and create an original voice, that means you’re able to extend your vision of the world, then you’re Indian. Having established an identity, many of the artists, are creating works that appear Indian in terms of figures, forms and colours, and they are tending more toward culture while their works very well may still address Indian themes. Considering these basic experiences the group exhibition Celebrating Life is structured such that each work carries its own flavor.

In the paintings of Laxmi Mysore, and Syed Asif Ali colourful forms play hide and seek with the pictorial surface to release their untamed creative energies. Krishna Ashok layers the surface with spontaneous mark makings interplaying elegant elementary of water & fire the active shapes of a representational nature traverse space that is turned into a fluid and floating surface.

Kandi Narsimlu wants the viewer to experience his work with composition, theme, and other elements of traditional work. The medium and materials of the work is its reality, and what he prefers to portray. The basis being on a work’s literal presence, the materials used are not intended to symbolize anything else. Sanju Jain translates mystical energies into the formal purity of colours creating pleasing forms a distinct flavor in this reiterating the dictum that all things are in flux: they resonate with the cadences of a universe that continually brings its precipitates to birth, only to subject them to decay, dissolving them in history's acid current.

Mythologies & sacred narratives are a way of life in India, where existence is often reassured by faith and belief this is observed in Pramod Apet’s Radha Playing the Flute and Mamata Shingade’s Buddha Sachin Akalekar places motif of Bull in a dreamy space teasing the naïve viewer. Satyajeet Shinde precepts the game of chess comparable with the ancient cultures. The co relation of Kings---chess game---realism with abstraction is seen like the yin-yan..

by Cyrus Bharucha Art Consultant- Dadar Mumbai

“Celebrating Life”

Indian Culture Paintings

Open Link :


l Kandi Narsimlu l Satyajeet Shinde l Syed Asif Ali l

l Laxmi Mysore l Sanju Jain l

l Krishna Ashok l Sachin Akalekar l Pramod Apet l Mamata Shingade l

Date: 10th to 25th November -2020

Venue :

Visit Gallery Hall – 7

Do visit. Warm Regards.


Friday 9 October 2020

Pin Poster - Digital Nippon Gallery- Fort Mumbai 400 001


Today Open 11am
Take long breath before entering the show
Date: 10th to 30th Oct 2020
Digital - Auditorium Hall – 2

Saturday 26 September 2020

Khisa(Pocket) short film worldwide online premiere screening at 9th Dublin International short film and Music festival Ireland 2020.

Marathi movies are reaching new heights every day.Marathi content is making its marks not only in the country but all over the world.Another short film Directed by Raj Pritam More is ''Khisa''(Pocket) ( Marathi with English subtitles,15.31 mins) 2020.PP Cine Production Mumbai Presents in association with Laaltippa Films.Producer by Santosh Maithani and Raj Pritam More.Written by Kailash Waghmare.



From early this short ''Khisa'' won 2 Awards at the Istanbul Film Awards 2020.Best Film and Best Screen play 2 award international awards and In India very prestigious Screenplay Awards at  10th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival,New Delhi .India -20 .

Its also a short film qualifies to compete for the prestigious Golden star Awards at the annual live screening gala of IFA,which will be held in Istanbul,Turkey in March 2021.

We happy and humbled to share you our Short film "khisa"(Pocket) has been selected for the Worldwide online Premiere screening at the 9th edition of Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival Ireland to be held from October 9th to11th, 2020. Also, sincere thanks to Florian Zapra(Director -DISFMF) and also official selection  at Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival Ireland 2020.

This is the story of a young boy who lives in a remote village in Maharashtra. He decides to get a large pocket stitched for his school shirt, in which he keeps all his precious belongings - petals, coins, marble balls; A pocket, he is proud of. It sets him apart from others his age, whose pockets are not only smaller in comparison but also ordinary and similar to each other in appearance.The little boy does not understand the politics of symbolism that adults engage in, and his pocket soon becomes a point of contention amongst elders in the village ...

This tragic story of the loss of innocence and coming-of-age of a young boy, is ironically symbolic of the times we live in.

Raj Pritam More is visual-fine Indian Contemporary artist live and work in Mumbai.His achievements are, he has many feathers on his cap-from being a 54th National Award winner Lalit Kala Academy New Delhi. Winner of Asia Art Award by EM Art Gallery & a collaborative venture with Korean Govt, Seoul, Korea.Now he directed his first short film ''Khisa''(pocket) and also produces by him self.

Director Statement


The story narrates a social-political contemporary tale on recent time period.
Even today we are more concerned about caste and religion rather then our daily bread. We always love to talk about our history and we have always used our great men for own selfish needs.
This short film "Khisa", throws light on these issues.

Raj Pritam More

Director and Produce

short film "khisa"(pocket)


Thursday 10 September 2020

Goosebumps -31 লোমহর্ষক रों ग टे رونگٹے Solo by Mitali Das মিতালী দাস -Nippon Gallery


The human body becomes a template for me in my art, they become lumps of flesh to be devoured by beastly creatures with overcharged passions. In a way my work invites the viewer into a very intimate & indeed erotic encounter with my subjects. The emotional connection between subject & artist has continued to inspire me. The works are never maudlin or sentimental-there’s a sort of fiercely & objective gaze. They are meant to be memento mori, but at the same time they are gestures of extreme affection & compassion which provide the viewer with a spectrum of emotional engagement & response. And so when you look at my work there’s no one response, you do see these subjects in a state of psychological flux & change. And that is my empathy towards my art.

                                                                                                                           - Mitali Das

We are Open Today : 11th Sept 2020 / 11am
Goosebumps -31 লোমহর্ষক रों ग टे رونگٹے
Solo by Mitali Das মিতালী দাস
Browse the Sale catalogue online click link
Online Viewing Room - Gallery Hall 1
Last Date: 19th Sept 2020

Wednesday 19 August 2020

Ray of Hope



असतो मा सद्गमय।

तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय।

मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय

                                    - बृहदारण्यक उपनिषद्

Lead us from Unreality to the Reality, Lead us from the Darkness to the Light , Lead us from the Fear of Death to the Knowledge of Immortality


After World War -II, the world has faced such huge disaster and loss of lives only now, during this dark phase of Covid-19 pandemic. Being artists we can feel the unrest, sorrow and misery of people everywhere in the world. In this difficult situation every human being has become a warrior, fighting together against this dark period with strong hopes, faith and energy leading towards light. This paradigm-shifting pandemic has made us realize the uncertainty, nothingness and completeness in human life. 


Recent Works by Vilas Shinde 

This situation also emphasizes the role of hope and faith of man in the infinite journey of survival of civilizations through various natural and man-made disasters since ancient times to the modern era. 


'A ray of hope’ presents majorly achromatic artworks of Contemporary artists coming together to represent their individual approaches and style, that reveal different aspects of hopes and faith in the context of human survival. In today's turbulent, uncertain socio-political and economic world, most people from the common man to the intelligentsia are worried about their future. Even in this difficult situation, the creative artist is trying to keep the flame of empathy alive in the society with the rod of positive energy, with his devotion to art, aspiration for life and hope for a bright future.


In art history, the absence and presence of light is used to represent spiritual energy, divinity, gods and goddess and so on. Brahman in Indian Vedic literature, Chinese theory of Yin and Yang, Buddhist theory of Shunyavada, The Theory of Big bang discuss about the 'nothingness ' and 'completeness' that relates to black and white. Scientifically, black and white do not have specific wavelengths. Instead, white light contains all wavelengths of visible lights. Black, on the other hand, is the absence of visible light. At the same time in color theory, white is the absence of all color and black is the presence of all color. A visual play using black and white together creates neutrality and infiniteness. 


This online exhibition will be an opportunity for talented, budding, young artists from India to showcase their art with senior artists to boost their energy. The works of all these talented artists working in various styles of contemporary Indian art will be readily available to art lovers and art collectors from all over the world.

I am grateful to Senior Contemporary artists Sudhir Patwardhan, Dilip Ranade, Vilas Shinde, Ravindra Salve for accepting an invitation for this show. I am also thankful to all Artists who responded to invitation and open call for this Exhibition.

Shardul Kadam

Painter and Lecturer, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai



RAY OF HOPE' at Nippon Gallery.

Ray of Hope' is a collective show of 37 artists from various parts of country.
We would love to see you all there for the opening on 20th August 11am.


Ray of Hope - Curator: Shardul Kadam
Starts : 11 am / 20th August 2020
Ends : 07pm / 10th September 2020
Online Sale Starts : 11am ( Indian time) / Book your Artworks
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