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4th edition of Ami Arts Festival kicks off at KCC

The fourth edition of the AMI Arts Festival 2023 began with a bang at the Kolkata Centre for Creativity on December 1. The vibrant ten-day c...

The fourth edition of the AMI Arts Festival 2023 began with a bang at the Kolkata Centre for Creativity on December 1. The vibrant ten-day celebration showcasing a diverse tapestry of art forms and cultural expressions is supported by the Emami CSR initiative.

"We are thrilled to inaugurate the fourth edition of the AMI Arts Festival, aiming to create a platform that celebrates the mosaic of artistic traditions and talents while promoting cultural harmony and making art accessible for everyone. This year, the festival will feature the remarkable artworks of talented art students from various art colleges across West Bengal. The chosen artworks will be on display, providing these emerging artists with a platform to connect with esteemed veterans from the art world," said Richa Agarwal, chairperson, Kolkata Centre for Creativity.

This festival is a melting pot of artistic expressions, featuring captivating exhibitions, live performances, workshops, and interactive experiences.

The highlighted talks include:  Bengal Art Colleges at Crossroads: Teachers' Take - A captivating dialogue on the evolving canvas of Bengal's art colleges, led by distinguished faculty members from renowned institutions; Brushing with Change: Budding Artists from Bengal - A discussion with young artists as they share insights on transitioning from art colleges to the challenging world of artists; From Aspiring to Achieving: Navigating a Professional Artistic Career - Prof. Chhatrapati Dutta in a conversation with young Bengali artists navigating professional artistic careers; Is Bengali Theatre Dead? - Explore the evolution and burning questions surrounding the current state of Bengali Theatre with contemporary directors and actors.

For those wishing to immerse themselves in various workshops, there are engaging sessions and masterclasses through workshops like Eco-printing, Block Printing, Sanjhi Artistry: Paper Cutting Techniques, Madhubani Paintings, Woodcut Printing, Crafting Terracotta Sculptures, Ceramics Painting, Indigenous Toy Making.

The eclectic lineup of performances this year includes: Silajit Exclusive where the renowned Indian singer delivers an electrifying performance encompassing singing, music direction, acting, and lyrical prowess; The Arko Mukhaerjee Collective: An extraordinary musical project blending diverse cultural influences, promising a fusion of sounds transcending boundaries; Debdeep Enroute where his enthralling performance combines original compositions and timeless classics from the realm of Bengali music; Lavani Ke Rang; Enchanting Evening of Sufi Qawwali with the Qutbi Brothers;  Nata Sankirtan & Dhol Dholok Cholom curated by esteemed artist Suman Sarawgi and the Sanjay Mandal Group who transforms ordinary objects into a mesmerizing symphony of sounds.

The Footprint Film Festival presented by The Peninsula Studios on December 8 and 9, showcases 43 outstanding films crafted by talented children and young adults, from Odisha, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Bangladesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Burma, and Singapore.

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