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Art Education: Conference by Max Mueller Bhavan and IFA

Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore


India Foundation for the Arts


Arts Education: Contexts, Concepts, and Practices in Schools

Dec 11 – 12, 2009

The Chancery Pavilion, Bangalore

The Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore and India Foundation for the Arts(IFA) are jointly hosting an Arts Education Conference on December 11 – 12, 2009 at The Chancery Pavilion, Residency Road, Bangalore. This conference, perhaps the first of its kind in the country is an extension of Kali-Kalisu a project undertaken by IFA in partnership with the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan to empower the school teacher through arts pedagogy training workshops under one of IFA’s major funding programmes, Arts Education. This initiative brought multi-pronged Arts Education workshops to over 500 teachers in rural and small-town Karnataka covering Shimoga, Dharwad, Bidar, Gulbarga, Udipi, Coorg and Mandya districts.

This conference hopes to articulate frameworks and directions for Arts Education in the country and will involve a broad range of stakeholders, including policy makers, educationists, administrators, parents and students in the deliberations. Some of the key speakers and discussants of the conference include Prof. Shiv Visvanathan, Mr. Rohit Dhankar, Mr. Karthikeya V. Sarabhai, Mr. Dadi D. Pudumjee, Ms. Maya Krishna Rao, Mr. Sadanand Menon, Mr. Akshara KV, and Dr. Shekhar Seshadri.

The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. Known in India as the Max Mueller Bhavan, the Institut promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and fosters international cultural cooperation. Among other goals in the cultural arena, the Goethe-Institut lays major emphasis on executing and supporting projects that focus on capacity building and infrastructure.

India Foundation for the Arts is an independent, professionally-managed philanthropic organisation, based in Bangalore. IFA enriches the practice, knowledge, public access to, and experience of the arts in India, by providing strategic support for innovative projects and capacity building across the arts. or 080 23414681

“Art” to be staged by Cult at Alliance Francaise

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Art, a French play written by Yasmina Reza, adapted in English, by Christopher Hampton, is a play, that revolves around three diverse and minimalist products of human nature. Three characters, aesthetes in their own right, questioning their individual prejudices against each other.

Serge, a modernist, a puritan, but an afterthought of delusion. Marc, characterized by the epitome of self-acclaim and classicist snobbery and Ivan, an oblivious leaf, which flows in whichever direction the wind blows.

The three friends collide subtly into each others’ perspective and push each other into an overwhelmed sense of egoistic urge towards moral self defense, bringing out the extremes of human nature in the most sublime of ways. The simplistic portrayal of a relationship severed at the seams, encompassing Art as its supposed to be, universal and conflicting.

natural players , differential lighting and apt music makes art a worth while watch .( all this plus a not so creative tribute to Michael jackson)

Venue: alliance francaise, Bangalore

Date: 18th september 2009 [friday]

Timing: 3: 30 and 7: 30

Tickets: rs 100

online ticketing :

Contact : 9632824253


Painting Day at Ranga Shankara…August 2nd 2009

This is a great way to combine art, theatre and children! So…I highly recommend this for all the children I know!

Ranga Shankara continues its endeavour to encourage art and theatre among children, by organizing a Painting Day on the 2nd of August, 2009.

The Painting Day is a precursor to a mega event for children, which will be announced shortly. This is an opportunity to unleash one’s creativity and indulge innovative minds in mixing colors and creating unique shades!

The art pieces will be exhibited at Ranga Shankara for over a month. Furthermore, Ranga Shankara has invited a couple of senior artists of Bangalore to paint away with the children.

Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2009

Venue: Ranga Shankara

Time: 11 AM to 1 PM

Age Group: 6 to 14 years
Theme: ‘ A drama I have seen’ OR ‘ A Dramatic Moment in my Life’

Items to bring: Pencils, erasers, brushes, palette (to mix your colours), a glass (to fill with water and clean your brushes), colour pencils (optional), sketch pens (optional), crayons (optional).

Items provided by Ranga Shankara: Paint and paper.

New perspectives


J.B.Hubli is one artist from Karnataka who has defined his own canvas – except that the workspace here is not canvas, but veneer on wood. He has the rare ability to recognize shapes and artforms in pieces of wood that are normally discarded or recycled by saw mills.

Jayant’s favourite hunting ground is a saw mill in Mysore, where machines slice large tree trunks to manufacture plywood. In the initial part of the production run, interesting bits of wood fly off the cutting machines. These pieces are hand-picked to “assemble” a picture – bit by bit, like a jigsaw puzzle.

When you look at his work, you are truly amazed at his mastery over form, in an interplay of images that seem to spring out of nature’s visual tapestry. Jayant has showcased his works of art in most major cities and is currently planning to share his unique perspectives with art lovers in Delhi. This talented young artist is from the Mysore College of Art (CAVA) and also has some very inspiring work in oils, water-colours, charcoal and acrylic.

You can view more of his work on his website. For samples of re-sized digital images of his work, please mail him at :


"Art" by Evam at Ranga Shankara

With their production of “Art”, Evam, the theatre group from Chennai whom many Bangaloreans have learnt to think of as their own, proved conclusively that they possess tremendous talent.

“Art” is described in their brochure as “serious comedy”. Marc, Yvan and Serge are three friends; Serge buys a work of art… a painting of white stripes and a white diagonal on a white background. This disturbs Marc profoundly, and he is unable to even stomach the thought of Serge wanting to buy it, or the fact of Yvan’s liking it.

Slowly, as their conversations about the paintings develop, layers of thoughts and opinions, and revelations, begin to appear. The serious and the comic march side by side as the plot unfolds


Fine Art Auction by Bid and Hammer

Art has become fairly big business now, and Bid and Hammer, who are fine art auctioneers, are presenting an auction of modern and contemporary Indian Art in Bangalore.

The preview of the works, which include such well-known artists as Souza, J.Swaminathan, and our own Balan Nambiar, will be from 4 June to 14 June 2008,


Bid and Hammer Preview Hall
226-1/1, 39th C Cross, 8th Main Road, 5th Block,
Jayanagar, Bangalore 560041

and the auction proper willl be on the 15th June at

ITC Windsor Sheraton
Sankey Road

at 7.00pm sharp.

For general enquiries:

+91 80 2211 0684

To place an order for catalogues:

+91 80 2211 0681

For registration: Bidders who wish to participate, either in person or through absentee or telephonebidding, will have to register all details, such as id proof, bank information, security deposit, etc.) that is required by Bid and Hammer, prior to the start of the auction.

The registration form is available on the Bid and Hammer website

and it can be filled and sent in by post, email ( or fax (+91 80 2227 2223), at least 2 hous before the start of the auction.

This is the second auction that Bid and Hammer is conducting.

Even if one is not a bidder, one can go and look at the art, and watch the fascinating process of the auction…but do make a prior appointment.

Art Camp for Differently Abled Children at Historic Venues

Association for People wiwth Disability (APD) had recently organized a five-day painting workshop, along with the Ken School of Art, for the differently abled. The workshop was held at Janapada Loka, and the work of the participants was exhibited at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, under the banner, “Kala Sourabha”.

APD can be contacted at 2547 5861, or 2547 5165.

Now, starting from April 28, a ten-day art camp for deaf children, and those affected by polio, has been organized at Hampi, Pattadkal, Aihole, and Koodala Sangama. For details on this, contact: 94487 60744.

Calligraphy Exhibition at Ethos Art Gallery

Having been interested in calligraphy, I decided to visit the Ethos Art Gallery that has come up in Jayanagar, and look at the work of Poosapati Parameshwar Raju, a calligraphic artist from Hyderabad.

Calligraphy has a long association with Islam and is less often practiced in the Hindu idiom. But Parameshwar has done a fine job of it, demonstrating a skilled command over the use of his nibs and pens.

There were several works on display, mostly done in red ink, and they have been chosen from eight series, starting from mythology, with thems such as Ganesh, Shiva, Narasimha, Om and so on.

The vowels of the Devanagari script are also treated in a variety of designs and forms:


"Junglee"….wildlife art, part of "Rang De India" at Magnitude Art Gallery

I saw in the Deccan Herald that Magnitude Gallery in Jayanagar was having a “Wildlife of India” exhibition, so I decided to visit it

magnitude gallery jayanagar 240308

Mr Ramesh Magar, the owner of the gallery, spoke to me and explained that rather than lease out the space to various artists, he was trying a new model at Magnitude.

“We have eight artists who are employed by us,” he says, “And this frees them from the difficulties of earning their living only as and when they sell their art; we pay them a regular salary.” He has initiated “Rang De India”, a series of themes at the gallery. The last one was “Utsav”, which was on various festivals; the present one is “Junglee”, on wildlife; the next one proposed will be “Vanita”, on women. He says he asks the artists to produce painting on these themes, and then displays and sells them.


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