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Remembering Artist Dhanraj Bhagat

Press Release on Artist Dhanraj Bhagat Cententary in English

Press Release on Artist Dhanraj Bhagat Cententary in Hindi

National Art Festival


The Regional Centre, Chennai in collaboration with The Aseema Trust, Chennai has organized the Space and Roots: A Festival exploring Traditional Visual Arts with contemporary thinking, at its gallery for the period between 08-08-14 and 14-08-14, in which the following 10 artists were invited to take part in the Workshop, out of which 5 contemporary artists from Southern Region and 5 traditional artists:

Contemporary Artists:

Sri S. Vignesh, A, Chennai, Sri Komakula Raja Sekhar, Visakhapatnam,
Sri Mahesh Baliga, Vadodara, Sri P. Usman, Palakkad, Sri Shripad Amrut Gurav, Goa,

Traditional Artists:

Sri D. Vinay Kumar(Cheriyal Painting),Telangana, Mrs. (Dr.) Gayathri Sankarnarayan (Kolam) Chennai, Sri R. Krishnan Kitna (Kurumba Art), Nilagiri, Sri Chakram Prabhakar (Kalamkari), Srikalahasti,                       Sri  K.N. Sasidharan, (Kerala Mural) Palakkad.

Mrs. Gita Ram (Craft Council of India, Chennai) and Sri K. Muralidharan (senior artist) were invited as chief guests to the programme

On the last two days of the Workshop i.e. on 13th and 14th August, 2014, 130 children from 10 schools around Chennai City were invited to attend the Workshop to interact with the invited contemporary and traditional artists.


The Centre has invited the senior artist Sri V. Viswanadhan for the programme Artist in Residence; and the invited artist has demonstrated the painting technique using casein during the programme. As per the request of the Centre the following Colleges were sent their students to attend the demonstration of the invited artist, as observers:

  • Govt College of Fine Arts, Chennai
  • Stella Maris College, Chennai
  • Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai
  • Govt. College of Fine Arts, Kumbakonam

A slide presentation of the resident artist Sri V. Viswanadhan was shown on 23-08-14 at 2.30 pm;          in continuation, the well known art writer Mrs. Geeta Doctor had an extensive public dialogue with the artist – as ‘Artist – Writer Dialogue’.


The Regional Centre, Chennai in collaboration with Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai has organized a Retrospective Exhibition of Prof. Krishna Reddy (Curated by Prof. Anant Nikam) at its gallery for the period between 09-09-14 and 20-09-14.       

The Exhibition of inaugurated by Prof. R.B. Bhaskaran (eminent Painter & Print Maker and Former Chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi) on 09-09-2014 (Tuesday) at 6.00 pm.

As part of the Exhibition Prof. Anant Nikam (Head, Dept of Print Making, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai) has given a demonstration on simultaneous colour print making: viscosity method of print making at the Centre’s Graphic Workshop on 12-09-2014 from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm. Around 80 students from the local Fine Arts Colleges and working artists of the Graphic Workshop of the Centre were enthusiastically participated.


The Centre has celebrated Hindi Week on 24-09-2014 at its premises. To encourage all the staff of the Centre to actively participate in this celebration the Centre has kept different competitions in Hindi with cash awards for the staff of the Centre during the said celebration. The Centre has invited Sri N. Kamble, Deputy Director and Dr. Sunil Kumar Loka, Assistant Director from Hindi Teaching Scheme (South) to give lectures on the importance of celebration of Hindi Week and conduct competitions in Hindi among the staff the Centre.


  •     The Centre in collaboration with the INDIEARTH ONSCREEN has organized the ‘Flims on Art, at the Centre’s gallery on 04-09-14 and 05-09-14.

Lecture-cum-Multi Media Presentation

  • The Regional Centre, Chennai in collaboration with Madras Craft Foundation (Dakshina Chitra) has organized a Lecture-cum-Multi Media Presentation on Salt: The Great MarchRe Crafting Ajrakh Textile Traditions on Khadi in contemporary Art and Craft by Ms. Shelly Jyoti, on  03-10-2014 at 4 pm at the first floor gallery.
  • As  per the directives of the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India and as instructed by the authority of the Akademi all the staff of the Centre were attended the office on 02-10-2014 (Thursday – Mahatma Gandhijis Birthday) and taken pledge on ‘Swachhta Shapath’ for dedicating 100 hours every year towards a Swachh Bharath (Clean India).

All the staff was worked throughout the day by cleaning the entire premises as well as cleaned the record room of the Centre.

  •      Art Olympiad 2015 in collaboration with the Regional Centre, Chennai has organized the ‘SMALL HAND BIG ART ’ a open day competition among various age group of the School Children at the Centre’s premises on 30-11-2014 (Sunday).


The Regional Centre, Chennai in collaboration with the Seagul Foundation for the Arts, Calcutta has organized a Retrospective Exhibition of Prof. K.G. Subramanyan – his New Works at its gallery for the period between 04-11-2014 and 15-11-2014.

The Exhibition was inaugurated by Dr. K. ROSAIAH, His Excellency the Governor of Tamil Nadu on           04-11-2014 at 6 pm.


The Regional Centre, Chennai has organized a programme: Artist in Residence by the Canadian Artist Prof. (Ms.) Briana Palmer (Asst. Professor, School of Arts, Faculty of Humanity, MC Master University, Hamilton, Canada), in which two of the local artists namely Sri Vijay Pichumani and Sri Mani Murugesan were taken part as collaborators for producing   3 edition of total 18 prints.

The said programme was organized from 05-11-2014 to 19-11-2014. On the valedictory day of the programme i.e. on 19-11-2014 Prof. (Ms.) Briana Palmer organized her slide lecture for the general public and local artists.


The Regional Centre, Chennai in collaboration with Banyan Hearts Open Studios, Hyderabad, has organised the Regional Print-Making Camp (Relief Colour Print-Making) at Hyderabad for the period from 21-11-2014 to 27-11-2014, in which the following senior and upcoming practicing artists were invited to take part:

Senior Artists: Prof. Laxma Goud (Hyderabad) and Sri Surya Prakash (Hyderabad).

Upcoming practicing artists: Sri S. Vinil Rabeek (TN), Sri Fawad Tamkanat (AP) Sri A. Rajeshwar Rao (AP), Sri C.N. Vijay Sarathy (KAR), Sri K.S. Prakasan (KER), Sri Mangesh Kapse (MAH), Sri H. Shanmugam (PON) and Sri Ramdas M. Gadekar (GOA).


  •     The Centre in collaboration with the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore has organised the Film Festival on Visual Art (from the collection of Ms. Dorothea Machingal) at NGMA, Bangalore for three days from 07-11-2014 to 09-11-2014.
  •     The Centre has organized the Film Festival on Visual Art (from the collection of Ms. Dorothea Machingal), at its premises for three days from 26-11-14 to 28-11-14.
  •     The Centre in collaboration with the Auroville Art Service has organized the Film Festival on Visual Art (from the collection of Ms. Dorothea Machingal), at the premises of Auroville Foundation for three days from 09-02-2015 to 11-02-2015.


  •     As per the proposal submitted by Mr. K.S. Bijukumar, (Cultural Affairs Specialist, US Consulate General, Chennai) and as approved by the authority of the Akademi, the Centre has arranged a small get together with Dr. Masum Momaya (Curator at the Smithsonian Institution), at the Centre’s gallery on  04-11-2014 at 4 pm. During the get together Dr. Masum Momaya has offered her speech on ‘How Indians have shaped America’ and Indian Women in America, through the Eyes of Artistts and ‘The Arts & Democracy’. A few of the exhibits related with her talk was also displayed in the gallery.


The Regional Centre, Chennai has organized the programme: ‘ETHNIC MINDSCAPE: An Interactive Workshop with North East Artists’ at its gallery for the period between 23-01-15 and 29-01-15, in which out of 24 invited artists, the following 23 artists were taken part in the Workshop; and  out of which 10 artists from North East and 13 artists from Southern States:

Artists from North East

Sri Ayhunbu Lorin (Nagaland), Sri  V. Lalzawmkima –Zawma (Mizoram), Sri Raphael Warjri (Meghalaya), Sri Paltu Barman (Tripura), Sri Priyoum Talukdar (Meghalaya), Sri Mantu Das (Assam), Sri S. Boby Singh (Manipur), Sri Rangskhembor Mawblei  (Meghalaya), Ms. Lalhmiing Mawii (Amoii) (Mizoram), Sri Ranab Saha (Tripura).

Artists from Southern States

Ms. Kirusiya rani. veera (Tamilnadu), Sri R. Janarthanan (Tamilnadu), Sri S. Sujeeth Kumar (Tamilnadu), Sri G. Subramanian, (Karnataka), Sri Sameer Rao, (Karnataka), Sri Imran Liyakath Ali Khan (Andhrapradesh), Sri P. Venkataswamy (Telengana), Sri P.A. Sajeesh (Kerala)

Sri Sajithputhukkalavattom, (Kerala), Smt Tanujaa Rane, (Maharashtra), Sri Prafulla Sheshrao Nayse, (Maharashtra), Sri Vasantha Kumaran, (Pondicherry), Sri Kedar Dhondu, (Goa)

Sri M.D. Muthukumaraswamy (Executive Trustee and Director, National Folklore Support Centre, Chennai) has inaugurated the Workshop on Friday 23-01-2015 at 10.30 am; Sri Keshav (Artist & Cartoonist, The Hindu) has presided over the function, Sri Rm. Palaniappan, Regional Secretary, Regional Centre, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai has introduced the participating artists.

As per the invitation of the Centre, Sri M.D. Muthukumaraswamy, the well-known folklorist has interacted with the invited participants and also delivered a lecture on folk narration and its sensibilities and also about various folk tales of North East, on 24-01-15 morning 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Similarly, Sri M. Trostsky Marudhu (senior artist and a film maker) has interacted with the participants on 25-01-15 morning 10.30 am to 12.30 pm by giving a slide lecture on history of the cinema and its visual narration and a demonstration on illustrative drawings on narrative culture based on our ethnic stories.

Ms. Lakshmi Venkatraman (former Art Critic, The Hindu) has been invited by the Centre to document the entire event by interviewing the participating artists and editing their bio datas for the publication.

A formal valedictory function of the Workshop was held on Thursday 29-01-2025 at 4 pm; and the works produced by the participating artists of the Workshop were on display for the public view.


  • The Lalit Kala Akademi, Regional Centre, Chennai in collaboration with InKo Centre (the Indo Korean Cultural and Information Centre) Chennai and Kalakshetra Foundation, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai and Art Council of Korea, Seoul (ARKO) has organised the programme Earth Matters 2: An Indo Korean Ceramic Residency at Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai for the period between 19-01-15 and 23-02-15 in which the following 12 ceramic artists (6 each from India and Korea) have been invited by the Regional Centre and Inko Centre to take part:
  • Indian Artists: Ms. Zaida Jacob, (Vadodara), Ms. Ni dhi Chopra, (Bhopal), Ms. Srinia Chowdhury, (New Delhi), Sri S. Potrarasan, (Chennai), Sri Ashish Chowdhury, (Kolkata), Sri Palguni Samanta, (Santiniketan).
  • Korean Artists: Sri Kim Seungtaek, Kim Younghyun, Sri Kim Jaegyu, Sri Yoo Euijeong, Sri Jung Hyesook and Sri Son Jinhee
  • An Exhibition of the works produced during the Residency period has been organized by the Centre at its ground floor gallery for the period from 24-02-2015 and 05-03-2015.
  • The Exhibition was inaugurated by Sri N. Gopalaswami, Chairman, Kalakshetra Foundatrion, Chennai on 24-05-2015 at 5 pm.
  • Mr. Kyungsoo Kim, Consul General of the Republic of Korea has released the special brochure titled Earth Matters 2: An Indo-Korean Ceramc Art Collaboration.
  • Dr. K.K. Chakravarty, Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi has received the first copy.
  • A Symposium on Earth Matters 2: Contemporary Indian and Korean Ceramic Art has also been organized by the Centre on 25-02-2015 from 10 am to 1 pm for the general public and art connoisseurs to interact with the participating artists.
  • A Presentation on Ceramic Journey… India-Past, Present & Future has been given by Ms. Manisha Bhattacharya, Senior Ceramic Artist, New Delhi. Followed by the Symposium a joint slide presentation has been given by both the Indian and Korean artists.
  • Dr. K.K. Chakravarty, Chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi has addressed the gatherings and responded the Symposium talks and presentation.


In collaboration with the Alliance Francaise of Madras and the French Embassy in India and the Institut Francais in India, the Centre has organized an Exhibition of photographs by the French artist Georges Gaste who lived in India during his last years, titled ‘GEORGES GASTE IN INDIA 1905 – 1910’.  The Exhibition was organized at our first floor group show galleries for the period from 11-02-2015 to 26-02-2015. During the exhibition a short documentary film about Georges Gaste was also screened by the Alliance Francaise.


  •     The Lalit Kala Akademi, Regional Centre, Chennai in collaboration with the Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan has organized an Exhibition titled ‘ENSEMBLE’ the art works by the Faculty Members of Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan for the period between 02-03-2015 and 10-03-2015.     
  •    The Lalit Kala Akademi, Regional Centre, Chennai in collaboration with the Auroville Arts Service, Auroville has organized an Exhibition of Autoville artists titled ‘What is Auroville’            as part of the Auroville Festival in Chennai, for the period between 08-03-2015 and                  20-03-2015, at the Centre’s ground floor gallery; and on 16-03-2015, a Symposium on a Multi Cultural Centre for the development of Human Unity was also held in the morning with the Chief Guest and Speaker Dr. Karan Singh and with eminent speakers Dr. Vishaka N. Desai of Columbia University, Sri William Makr Tully of MBE and two other presentations with one on Asia and African Pavililion at Auroville.
  •     The Lalit Kala Akademi, Regional Centre, Chennai  in collaboration with the Max Muller Bhavan, Chennai organized ‘Monographic Exhibition’ by Ms. Rosemarie Trockel, a renowned German artist in international contemporary art from 31-03-2015 to 30-04-2015. The inauguration of the Exhibition was held on 31-03-2015 at 11.30 am; and Ms. Ashrafi Bhagat, the senior art historian has given a slide presentation on Ms. Rosemarie Trockel’s works for an hour.