Society of Contemporary Artists celebrates its Golden Jubilee through a rare exhibition of sculptures by its members at Aakriti Art Gallery This year is special to Kolkata. It is the year when one of the city's most potent body of artists — the Society of Contemporary Artists (SCA), founded in 1960 — completes 50 years of its existence, as 2009 comes to a close.
With the likes of the late Bikash Bhattacharjee, Manu Parekh and Somnath Hore among its members, the Society has been a major force in charting the course that contemporary Indian art has taken. The Society — as it is popularly known in artistic circles — is actually more than just a body. It is a movement, a force to reckon with in contemporary Indian art.
And Aakriti Art Gallery joins in the celebrations of the Society's Golden Jubilee celebrations with a unique exhibition, which started on December 14 at its 12/3A, Hungerford Street premises. All 22 members of the Society showcased a piece of sculpture each in this exhibition, which has quite literally been termed as '50th Anniversary Celebrations: Sculpture Show of Society of Contemporary Artists'. The Show will be on till December 31.
Sarala Birla, the chairperson of the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, inaugurated the exhibition. Aakriti Art Gallery felicitated senior artists and founder members Sanat Kar and Sunil Das on the occasion.
Forty six pieces of sculpture including contributions of the current 22 members of the SCA along with one by Swapan Kumar Das, who died recently, are on display in the exhibition.
For the connoisseur, this part of the year is therefore a rare treat with a grand display of sculptures by BR Panesar, Amitava Banerjee, Sanat Kar, Dipak Banerjee, Ganesh Haloi, Suhas Roy, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Sunil Das, Niranjan Pradhan, Manu Parekh, Manik Talukdar, Sadhan Chakravarty, Sunil Kumar Das, Aditya Basak, Manoj Mitra, Bimal Kundu, Manoj Dutta, Pradip Maitra, Atanu Bhattacharya, Atin Basak and Partha Dasgupta. This is more like a veritable journey back in time and forward, a déjŕ vu and a future-vision all in one, as the artists, painters, sculptors and masters of their craft join in to recreate the magic that started 50 years back.
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Aakriti Art Gallery, 1st Floor Orbit Enclave, 12/3A, Hungerford Street,
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The exhibition will continue till December 31, between 12 - 7pm (Sunday closed)