Wednesday 5 January 2022

“A show manifesting the compound of classical and traditional methods with contemporary and modern ideas.” -Moumita Sarkar

Art has consistently succoured to decipher the internal sentiments, insights for the happenings around and the unspoken thoughts, summing it with classical approaches, makes it pleasing to consider and delightful to acquire. 

Kolkata, a land brimming with intellectuality, traditions and classical art has a long erudite, artistic and architectural custom. It Inevitably has mesmerized every cerebral with its blend of colonial remnants and new-age creative energy. With a tremendous number of artistic ideas and notions coming from Kolkata, it has influenced many generations with its history, praxis and style. The exhibition itself showcases an amalgamation of classical and contemporary vitality. 

Featuring fourteen virtuosos and artists from different regions of India, the show beholds meritorious skills infused with new ideas and classical modus operandi. Despite the pandemic situations, several Lockdowns and worldwide agony, these artists remain associated with their underlying foundations and commemorated their thoughts on canvases and sheets. The exhibition celebrates their zeal for art and artistic mores, while unveiling their drawings, paintings, compositions and prints. 

The participating artists, Dr Somava Dutta from Assam, Pallavi Saxena and Dibakar Das from Mumbai, Aparajita Gopal from Hyderabad, Sudipta Swarnaker from Bangladesh, Tanushree Das, Arup Roy, Priyanka Sinha, Deepsikha Das, Debjyoti Saha, Priti Shaw, Nupur Mitra, Ipsit Roy, Ishita Dasgupta, Souvik Roy, Aparajita Gopal and Moumita Mosan from West Bengal has adeptly shown their contemplations and validated that whatever may the circumstance be, art can’t be disaffiliated from the artist. 

Artist: Dibakar Das

“Being an artist, I believe that artwork speaks for itself, it has its own language, one can feel the visual aspirations then describing it in words.” Quotes Dibakar Das, whose works entrenches around spaces, articles, nature and subliminal thoughts. The artist is roused by the perception of shape and cyclical change where only appearance matters as it represents an inner actuality that gets significance from its relationship to the cosmos. He usually builds his works in layers to create a structural and visual dilemma. 

Artist: Nupur Mitra

The works of artist Nupur Mitra demonstrates her life as a whole. she involves her lives' episodes into creative compositions, the encounters she faced and the experiences she goes through. she procures the calibre to exemplify the goods and bads of daily happenings while suffusing her perceptions towards them. Born and bought up in West Bengal, Mitra completed her graduation in fine arts from Burdwan College of Art and Design and pursued Masters in Fine arts from the University of Kalyani. 
Presently the artist works with various mediums giving prime importance to Oil paints on canvases. The works manifest the brilliance of her skills, mastery of drawings and expertise in capturing versatile forms at a time. Mitra makes herself the subject of the concepts of her compositions.  She reveals that her life is an abstract hypothesis which constantly provokes her consciousness that she structures onto the canvases. Executing sensible and realistic embodiments, her works assemble as a visual journal of her escapades, emotions and notions. “I nourish my art with deep vehemence, desires and subconscious feelings.” Says artist.  

Dr Somava Dutta, an arising artist, whose works are based on the affiliation between humans and the environment depicted by deploying a variety of mediums, including tapestry, paintings, cloth works, drawings and many a time with ink. She manoeuvres her works by infusing the thoughts about how humans are impacting the sublime nature and what furthermore receiving consequently. The notions of Dutta occur from preset day circumstances that are being introduced in customary styles. 

Another Debjyoti Saha artist from the group affirms that his works are a combination of mythically ancient attributes with new and modern concepts. He utilizes naturally gathered things namely leaves in works, uses traditional approaches and displays them with innovative visualisation. “Where I reside and what I see has given an extraordinary effect on my works. Things, materials and mediums I utilized are some way or another associated with my encounters.” Saha states. 

Artist: Tanushree Das

Tanushree Das, a visual artist from Bengal delightfully passes on her contemplations and thoughts into her compositions. She is a graduate in fine arts from the College of Visual Arts, Kolkata and what's more at a young age, she has figured out how to infuse the clouded verge of social traits with captative artistic paintings.

Using dark and earthy temperaments, her canvases portray the realities of her vision. The surrealistic style she blends with sensible figures gives her works more profundity and depth. 

Das's works esthetically reveal the gloomy side of society towards women, the unfair conduct she faces, and a blotch that remains on her consciousness throughout her life. she has dissected the social miss-happenings being done to females that might become agonizing encounters in later ages. The pressure of these episodes become more prominent than the joy of day-to-day existence, consequently, her artistic creations portray the deep, dark and traumatic phases of women experiencing suffocation because of it. “I want to convey through my painting the daily struggle of a woman” she quotes. 

Artist: Ishita Dasgupta

Artist from Kolkata, Ishita Dasgupta, began her artistic journey after a span of eight years in 2020 while being quarantined along with her sister in Mumbai when the pandemic hit humanity.  

Born and brought up in Kolkata, she currently works in Mumbai. She gathers her inspiration from nature being joined with its portrayal in existence and oscillation between macro and micro world. She frolics around with perspective and impression of time, dreams and notions to portray specific realities of life. Her works create special articulations while pulling the viewer to decipher the visual narrations. 

The artist proclaims “My works confluence of the elements serves as a tool to document mental health, preservation of nature and discord in the harmony between the current world, nature, the mind and the body.”Ishita's art constitutes painting along with traditional printmaking and steps towards the lane of contemporary abstraction. Using a variety of mediums, her works mainly specializes in Oil Pastels, Wood Cuts and Watercolors. “With only 9 watercolours, Two Acrylic paint bottles, and three brushes, I restarted painting depicting my thoughts and mind and feel unstoppable ever since.” Says the artist.

Moumita Sarkar

The show has been exhibited online and offline, benefitting a wide range of art enthusiasts to give a visit.

Text & Curated by

Moumita Sarkar

Press Release more details contact: + 91 9432 123 234   + 917439 119 228

Nippon Friday presents
Kolkata classic contemporary Art Show

You are cordially invited
- Moumita Sarkar

Dr. Somava Dutta I Tanushree Das I Arup Roy I Priyanka Sinha Deepsikha Das I Pallavi Saxena Debjyoti Saha I Priti Shaw I Nupur Mitra I Ipsit Roy Dibakar Das I Ishita Dasgupta I Sudipta Swarnaker Souvik Roy I Aparajita Gopal I Moumita Mosan I

Curated by Moumita Sarkar

Inauguration ceremony 8th March 5pm Venue: 8th March to 12 th March 2022

Altamira Art Gallery
Address: 8a, Lake View Rd
Hemanta Mukherjee Sarani, lake Terrace
Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal -700029

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

Sunday 2 January 2022

Kanika Gupta is an alumnus of the JJ School of Art, Mumbai and School of Visual Arts in New York.


I began with the hope of transforming tales from history and mythology into a modern style. However, it was not just the story, but the characters I was drawn to. Drawing in a modern style gives me the freedom to reimagine people, settings and conversation in a whole new panorama. Secondly, the rigorous nature of mythology – each with a moral takeaway elucidates the schisms that arise in contemporary society. It is this bridge that my art desires to cross. As characters evolve and express themselves, my artwork forms a narrative of their message. I primarily use monochromatic colours and palettes to heighten the narrative and draw out emotions rather than vistas. I use pen on paper mostly as my medium. I derive most of my inspiration from strong characters of history, saints and some abstract surrealism. Characters who may not be the protagonist or the most popular, but whose very presence unravels the relationships between the protagonists

Kanika Gupta is an alumnus of the JJ School of Art, Mumbai and School of Visual Arts in New York. Since 2009, Kanika has built iktaara into a design house offering both curated gift products made from her art and illustrations. Her works have been published by Bloomsbury India, Juggernaut among others. Kanika began the movement of adult colouring and doodling workshops– a great Sunday morning activity at Cubbon Park, Bangalore.
Notable Achievements:
• Named by Home Review Designquest as one among their 5 Young Indian Designers under 35,
• Awarded the Silver for best Wedding Invite Design at the GIW Awards.
• Invited to conduct doodling and art workshops at at TEDx events,Bangalore International Centre, Schools and more.
Art shows:
Indian Art festival 2018
Art Maadhyam, Bangalore

Solo Show by Kanika Gupta
Date: 2 nd to 8 th Jan - 2022
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Saturday 1 January 2022

Mythical Nobel Peace - Solo Show by Kanika Gupta


You are cordially invited for Mythical; an ongoing show by Kanika Gupta.

Mythical Nobel Peace

Solo Show by Kanika Gupta

Date: 2 nd to 8 th Jan - 2022

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Friday 31 December 2021

AAINA - A mirror placed before you to envision yourself - Heena Sk

 AAINA, a reflector has the vigour to proclaim the paramount insight of humans, their perceptions and subliminal notions. It beholds the magnificent course of delineating the lives’ locomotion into a static impression and skillfully witnessing it. kindred as a mirror, Visual arts additionally assumes a comparable part in expressing the inner vehemence. 

Uttam Sajane, Mukta Pusalkar & Chatan Shetti at Jehangir Art Gallery-2021

The artworks being displayed in the exhibition by three young and adept artists communicates the significance and annotation of episodes they lived concatenated with compositions they created. They bought the moulding of life turmoil and experiences into the idioms of art. Notwithstanding the creation of images from the concepts of society onto the canvases, they have shown the connotations of life in their particular manners. The unique aspect of the body of art created by the artists is their focal on the techniques and articulation of thought.

Breaking the conventional standards of the art sphere, these artists have fearlessly and boldly put their personalities in the form of visual expressions before the world. A genuine artist doesn’t restrict his emotions and thoughts to one channel outlet, instead, they let it flow on canvases in the forms of philosophies and symphonies. 


Head - Pastel on paper 8x60 in

The works of Uttam Sajane unfurl the dramatics of Human psychology. He began painting accepting face as the structure, reshaping the old representations and acquiring alterations in the conduct of looks. In his verdicts, Humans are the assemblage of multifaceted tendencies, even a single mortal contains varied inclinations, searching for so is artistic proficiency and a form of rest.  Utilizing energetic tones and intense strokes, Sajane attempts to recognize the equivocal nature of humans. “These paintings and forms help me to find myself and discern the sufferings around me” proclaims Sajane. 


Acrylic on canvas |7"x 7"

Footing on the second mark of the triangle is Mukta Pusalkar, whose works pinnacles in sentiments and feelings rather than musings and hunts. Implementing sensible and realistic epitomes, her works assemble as a visual journal. Happening a mother, her works usually incorporates silhouette and gestures of toddlers and juvenile. Brimming with sophisticated but radiant tones, Pusalkar proffers her paintings ardour, vivacity and intimacy altogether that threads the viewer with the stands of emotions, temperaments and enunciation of presence. Celebrating the depth of motherhood, she fabulously infuses the motifs and essence of her two-year-old daughter into the spaces she evokes, to which she affirms “being a mother, there’s an imperceptible, yet astonishing focal motherhood present in the recent works. Whether it is my child’s observation of an unknown world or her agility, the more I paint my daughter, the more I understand that it is me who learns to see the world through her eyes, more than the vice-versa.”


Acrylic on canvas| 48"x 108"

Chatan Shetti, a seeker and explorer of his inner persona, is in the diligent journey of scrutinizing for the reactions within himself. With the abstract dialect, Shetti deals with dynamic intellectual and hypotheses of life. The discerning selection of pigment and colors indulged with abstract applications and smearing of mediums appends like notions of existence in the plain sphere. His works are an amalgamation of apprehensions, intuitions and a pursue for denotation of self-consciousness. Inner intensities, quarrels and agonies are personated in his art, he yields structure to metaphysical-ties of life. For an artist, it becomes vital to perfume the emotions and cavernous senses onto the colors poured. In shetti’s quotations “I paint the feel of uneasiness in my wit and mind, I try to express my thoughts and subconscious through lines, colors, textures while exploring wide mediums. I never limit my inner self to display my intra and extra murals.” What discrete his work is that it dispenses his spectators with a feeling of liberty to decipher his work in however they need to. With no desire to limit people, thoughts and feelings, his work takes you on an excursion of your decision.

Cherished with the eminent psyche, these artists provoke the viewer to consider the novel perceptions, to not ration their feelings, taking the musings on a way that has been neglected, where implications and preconceived notions are cipher. They courageously ask them to dive deep and to examine the inner self, scavenge for the meaning of life, and when they realise, that the only meaning of life is freedom and self-realization, they will find the art in every possible situation. 

With their distinctive artistic lingos, thoughts and compositions, their insights and vision for, self and life are homogenous. 

They see the life like a reflection and their paintings like an AAINA. 


“I'm placing a mirror before you, for you to envision yourself.”

‘AAINA’, an exhibition manifesting three young artists whose paintings are at liberty from subjects and concepts but ignite a sense of rawness and purity. 

It is always stimulating to get connected to the crude thoughts that are narrated in visual forms, thoughts that reveal the nexus between the artists and their experiences. The three artists notwithstanding their young talent have depicted the works in such an honest form that I call them ‘pure as nude’. In the belief of Picasso, the more it is personal the more it escalates to the world, finding it true I perceive that these works hold a reflection of lives like a mirror, a mirror that has witnessed every natural detail and has been a silent watcher. 

Uttam Sajane’s works unfold the realities of humans, their behaviours and emotions. He seeks that human is as deep as a black hole and have varied forms of conduct. Incorporating facial forms, he divulges and unmasks the demeanours of living and the ambiguous nature of mortals. Retaining himself as a base, he configures the ongoing developments and evolution happening inside the mind and body. In my expressions, I comprehend the bare verities of people around me through his paintings.   

Mukta Pusalkar, being a mother is anchored to the sentimental embodiments. During her pregnancy she went through episodes of emotions, some may term it as fluctuating moods but she transfigured it into a daily visual diary. We can see the soft vision in her realistic and tender works. For me, the diurnal experiences she had or having has given her and her paintings a fervent aura. 

With a self-contained and reserved essence, Chetan Shetty subsume intense expressions in his abstract paintings. Amalgamating questions and hunt for the inner self, intellect and psyche of life, Shetty is in the persistent course of searching for the responses within himself. It sometimes becomes complex to unveil the experiences and interrogations of life onto the canvas, yet his works effortlessly delineate his thoughts. I discover his works full of profound revelations of life, self, rest and connections altogether.

Divergent in their artistic dialects, contemplations and methods of presentation, these three artists share a trait in common and that is the way to discern and show life. The understanding they gather with enormous emotions adjoin is what makes them proficient. The bold way to apply colours, braveness in brush strokes and confidence in displaying their notions, tug us towards their works. I identify the importance of life through their artworks. 

Collectively, the exhibition tends to the significance and gaucheness of existence and inner visions, self-proclamations and articulating the subconscious, laying them on Canvases is constantly associated with individual reasons and unuttered musings, it turns out all the more vigorous when feelings and sentiments are added to it. 

To perceive your internal inspirations and insights I’m placing an “AAINA” before you.

Curated by HEENA SK


AAINA - Group show - An Exhibition 


Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai     28 Dec.2021 to 3 Jan. 2022