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Great news for the arts in Maharashtra

The Lalit Kala Akademi is making overtures to revitalise various arts forms in Maharashtra

The Lalit Kala Akademi has big plans to revitalise arts forms in Maharashtra. Towards that end, Kalyan Kumar Chakravarty, the chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi, was in the city to meet representatives of visual art institutions as well as institutions engaged in art activities at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. The meeting was convened to make the Akademi more inclusive in terms of its charter and to restore the dying connections between life and arts, beauty and utility, and form and function.

The chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi met representatives of art institutions at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
The chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi met representatives of art institutions at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. Pic/ Sameer Markande

What’s in store?
On the agenda was the possibility of creating a platform for inter-institutional collaboration with the Lalit Kala Akademi for survey, documentation, exhibition, conservation and revitalisation of art forms. The Lalit Kala Akademi is also planning the 12th Triennale that will be held in 2016 (from February to April) all over the country. It is aimed to be inter-disciplinary and focuses on the connections among visual, performative and narrative arts. The meeting with city institutions of Mumbai is directed towards exhibiting and publishing their visual resources, which remain unexhibited and unknown outside Mumbai.

New venue for Mumbai
The Akademi is also looking for a heritage structure and an open precinct to set up a regional centre to build up this partnership and to regenerate the languishing art practices of Maharashtra and western India. The help of various departments like the Department of Rural Development is also being sought to generate a public art movement throughout Maharashtra through arts in architecture. Dr Chakravarty is also planning a Museum of Relationships in Delhi in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India, to exhibit the relation of arts of the past and present but also relations of Indian arts with arts of Asia and the world, and the relationship of visual arts with social and natural sciences.

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