Shantiniketan

Vadehra Art Gallery

Achuthan Ramachandran's Ghunghats, Trees And Self-Portraits In Pots

A sari-clad Rajasthani woman picks petals, for a pooja perhaps, from a tree, surrounded by winged creatures and a watchful monitor lizard. But where the eye lingers longest is at the round-bottomed pot that sits at her feet, in which curled up in the foetal position is a ghostly outline of the 81-year-old artist. This image on the invitation card of the Vadehra Art Gallery is a befitting introduction to the show of maestro Achuthan Ramachandran.
World Digital Library

The Constitution Of India As A Work Of Art

The original Constitution of India, adopted on 26 January 1950, was not a printed document. It was entirely handcrafted by the artists of Shantiniketan under the guidance of Acharya Nandalal Bose, with the calligraphy texts done by Prem Behari Narain Raizada in Delhi. This document is now preserved in a special helium-filled case in the library of the Parliament of India. In many ways, the original handcrafted Constitution represents one of the triumphs of Shantiniketan and Kala Bhavan.
Dhaka Bangladesh

Tagore's Collective Arts and Secular Festivals: From Bengal To Bangladesh

Tagore conceived of the Utsav (festival in Bengali) as a celebration of diversity that included all. An Utsav for him represented a holistic celebration of human society, which presented an opportunity for aesthetic experience and creativity and, very importantly, appreciation of the gift of nature. These secular festivals continue to this day in Shantiniketan. However, nowhere does one find a truer, finer and grander expression of Tagore's original idea of an inclusive and artistic festival than in Bangladesh.