A WORD FROM THE FACULTY  

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- The last two years were a period of suffering, isolation, and loss for many of us. But it has also led us to rethink and reconfigure the way we live and work. One of the things we learned to reconsider is scale. For quite some time, art has been on an aggrandizing spree. The physical constraints the pandemic imposed compelled us to abandon the enormous and embrace the intimate. And rediscover the charms and possibilities of the small and near all over again. It also taught us to become more innovative in our use of materials. And finally, it has, at least momentarily, brought the need for compassion into our minds, if not into our actions. These qualities also mark the work of the young graduates of Kala Bhavana who are sharing their work in this online exhibition they have put together. Hopefully, some of these lessons they have recently learned will remain with them.

 

 R. SIVA KUMAR

Art Historian and Professor

Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati

Santiniketan

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- More than last one and a half year the entire mankind has faced an unprecedented challenge! Fighting an invisible enemy and dealing with its grave consequences outside as well as within. It has also made everyone willingly or unwillingly to reflect/wonder how irresponsibly we are exploiting the planet earth in the name of development.

This brings the question of our values and what kind of society we want to build. Rabindranath Tagore’s vision of education has become more relevant than ever before. His vision of education was in response to prevailing education system of producing professionals to fit into economic juggernaut. Rabindranath initiated an integrated educational opportunities to groom young individuals mentally, physically and spiritually in the lap of nature. It’s about holistic education which empowers young minds to be able to see things with clarity, and without bias. To question, explore and find answers, this process of learning has become more important for the growth of an individual to become a sensitive, innovative, joyful human being.

Nature and all forms of art and design play a major role in Rabindranath’s vision of education. Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan is the essence of his life’s quest, his most important gift to the mankind. Years 2020, 2021 have been extremely challenging for all of us, teachers and students alike to conduct and pursue practical classes online. There can’t be any substitute of Kala Bhavana’s campus, various studios, and its unique environment for the students of visual arts. Under these unprecedented and unavoidable circumstances, we tried our best to find new ways of teaching and conducting classes. This challenge has made us dig deep into finding innovative solutions.

Information technology has been playing a big role in providing new possibilities. Joint projects, webinars and virtual art exhibitions have become new normal. I’m sure these new techniques of alternative methods of teaching will definitely role over even when situation becomes normal and benefit our educational system.

I’m glad that under these circumstances our final year undergraduate and post graduate students have taken initiative to organize virtual  art exhibition of their works. I’m sure this will showcase vibrant and a refreshing range of their works and practices. It will give them important exposures to the wider audience, at the same time art lovers and art connoisseurs will have opportunities to discover young and upcoming talented artists.

I wish them best.

 

Pankaj Panwar

Principal

Kala Bhavana,Visva-Bharati

Santiniketan

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Kala Bhavana that turned a hundred years in 2019 is on the verge of reopening its premises in December 2021, after two years of negotiating the challenges of distant learning. Poised as a marker to the difficult transition, this virtual exhibition of outgoing students is a testing ground for the young minds that have been marooned, as it were, on an island of time. One hopes to witness new emergences from within these circumstances. There are, in fact, some enlivening signs of emergence in this exhibition that evidence that in the silence and isolation of social lockdown, amid a potentially catastrophic situation, minds have been active and alert and are able to articulate themselves according to their available drives and acquired wisdom.

Given the inaccessibility of the campus and campus life that disrupted multiple innovative avenues and direct contact with the environs of Kala Bhavana, there was always the prospect of a certain stifling of ideas and falling back on stereotypes. However, one finds, the sheer variety in approach is overwhelming. In the exhibits, there are signs of pathos, but there are also signs of humour, as well as subtle signs of criticality in the articulation of aspects of the surroundings. The ability to communicate variegated signals and states of mind, as well as the ambient chaos of the times, displays an optimism and the resilience to bounce back. These works potentially resist the morass and display human mettle in face of entropy.

 

Anshuman Dasgupta

Art Historian & Faculty 

Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati

Santiniketan

Exhibition Coordinators - Rabiul Khan, Nayantara Roy, Biswajit Thakuria, Bihan Das, Himangshu Sarma, Dhiraj Rabha.

Statement Editors - Nayantara Roy, Manjira Mazumdar, Joyeta Barman. 

Exhibition Website Design by Jasneet Singh Bindra, Biswajit Thakuria, Surajit Mudi.