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Art, music & food at Ami Arts Festival

Kolkata Centre for Creativity hosted the second edition of the AMI Arts Festival to celebrate the rich culture of Bengal’s legacy through ar...



Kolkata Centre for Creativity hosted the second edition of the AMI Arts Festival to celebrate the rich culture of Bengal’s legacy through art, music, food and more. The celebration of this amalgamation of cutting-edge contemporary art and traditional crafts was held from December 17 to 20 at Nazrul and was open to all.

The inaugural ceremony of AMI Arts Festival 2021 was graced by Nakamura Yutaka, Consul General of Japan in Kolkata, Manish Chakraborti, Conservation Architect and Head, Department of Architecture, Sister Nivedita University, New Town, Kolkata, Richa Agarwal, Chairperson, Kolkata Centre for Creativity, Debasish Sen, Chairman and Managing Director, WBHIDCO Ltd., followed by a musical performance by Pandit Uday Bhawalkar.

Focusing on the varied aspects of art and culture the festival saw indigenous folk performances by Tusu, Bhadu, Gambhira and Raibeshe. Both well-known artists and lesser-known talented artists as well as those struggling to begin their journey figured in the event. Stunning original artworks from over 50 artists across India were also on display.

Another major attraction at the AMI Arts 2021 was the art and craft market with handmade cards, dolls, curios, furniture and clothes on sale. Hands-on art and craft workshops by Dipankar Roy, Upal Sengupta (of ‘Chandrabindoo’), Rituparno Basu and Tamal Bhattacharya were the other attractions. The melodious musical evenings saw singers like Sahana Bajpaie, Lopamudra, Cizzy, Srijaini Ghosh, Rene Singh regaling the packed arena with their songs.

Lesser-known documentaries by Goutam Ghose, a conversation with the director himself and a special screening and release of five animated films based on children’s books written and illustrated by K. G. Subramanyan and A. Ramachandran was followed by a panel discussion with speakers Prof. R. Siva Kumar, Naveen Kishore, Jogen Chowdhury and Chhatrapati Dutta. A virtual talk session in association with Seagull Books had speakers like Naveen Kishore and Pushan Kripalani, Sarover Zaidi, Nilanjana Bhowmik and Wanjiku Wa Ngũgĩ. An exclusive film screening on ‘Radical Intimacies’ was held in collaboration with British Council.

 

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