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