After 2 years of Covid, art galleries come back to life with exhibitions, increasing attendance | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: The city’s art galleries are back to their normal routine. Not only are major exhibitions being held, but many artists, who last exhibited before the pandemic, are returning with performances. According to gallery owners, attendance at openings is now flattering. In some galleries, there is a waiting period of more than a month for new reservations.
Shika Roy, curator of the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, told TOI. “Everything is normal. You have to wait until May to get a reservation at our large gallery. At the Sanskriti Gallery, the recent inauguration of Shuvaprasanna’s solo exhibition entitled “Faces — A race from epic” has aroused a flattering echo with the presence of Minister of Education Bratya Basu, Harsh Neotia and Madhu Neotia, among others. “During the pandemic, art lovers contacted me to buy online. I am exhibiting after three years and presenting a wonderful panorama Mahabharata characters in vibrant colors as well as black,” Shuvaprasanna said.
The Kolkata Center for Creativity (KCC) hosted four major exhibitions in February, including “Essential Forms: An Exhibition of MF Husain’s Cut-Outs” and “The Satyajit Ray Centenary Show (Volume I)”. “People come and spend a lot of time at the shows,” said KCC chairwoman Richa Agarwal. Recently, Harrington Street Art Center opened Chandra Bhattacharjee’s exhibition titled “Santiniketan”, curated by Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya. “It was like the pre-pandemic times. For a week from March 30, we have a performance by students from Rabindra Bharati University,” said Noni Khullar, owner of Harrington Street Art Centre. Requests from buyers have also arrived. The Academy of Fine Arts, in association with Mukta Shilpa, recently presented Ashit Paul’s retrospective exhibition titled “Samay Chinha” curated by Hiran Mitra. “More than 100 people came for the opening. Even older artists are coming back. Most of our six galleries are full until June,” said Kallol Bose, co-secretary of the executive committee of the Academy of Fine Arts.

Mildred D. Field