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Chamatkar is a condition when imagination, free from all interference transcends into a world of fantasy and leads to a magical or mystical experience. An exhibition is being organised in London in which the Indian contemporary art will recreate this experience.
Over 125 different artworks, never seen before in the UK, including painting, graphic art and sculpture will allow the viewer to trace the evolution of the contemporary Indian visual language. The exhibition will bring into focus tradition and modernity, the change and the continuity in India's visual vocabulary.
This exhibition will show the complex interplay of the devotional, symbolic, mythic, emotional and fantastic influences and concepts behind Indian visual imagery. One hundred of the contemporary artworks in a range of media are by 33 leading artists from across India. Whilst 25 paintings illustrate the folk and tribal section collected from different regions and 15 photographs illustrate the Classical period within the exhibition.
Whilst illuminating the devotional nature of much artisitc work, the exhibition will also illuminate through folk and popular art, the influence of Indian line, colour and image on artists all over the world. The exhibition concludes with the convergence of Indian and Western ideas and techniques that is influening the evolving Contemporary Indian art scene with its use of international state of the art technologies.
The exhbition has four distinct sections that progress from a theoretical and historical introduction to Indian Art using photographs of early art works, through to contemporary canvasses, sculptures, oleographs, and prints. The information boards, throughout the exhibition will be printed on lavishly evocative Indian silk.
Amongst the influential Indian artists participating in the exhibition are:

Manjit Bawa, Jyoti Bhatt, Bikash Bhattarcharjee, Arun Bose, Sakti Burman, Jogen Chowdhury, Dharmanarayan Dasgupta, Atul Dodiya, V S Gaitonde, Seema Ghuryya, Laxma Goud, Satish Gujral, Bhupen Khakhar, Prabhakar Kolte, Tyeb Mehta, Anjolie Ela Menon, Madhvi Parekh, Baiju Parthan, Ganesh Pyne, A Ramachandran, S H Raza, Jehangir Sabavala, Gulam Rasool Santosh, Lalu Prosad Shaw, Gulammohammad Sheikh, Nilima Sheikh, Arpita Singh, Paramjit Singh, Mahinder Soni, K G Subramanyan, J Swaminathan, T Vaikuntam. The exhibition is organised by the Centre of International Modern Art, Calcutta. CIMA was set up in 1993 under the auspices of the Ananda Bazar Group of Publications, the second largest media conglomerate in India. The group has recently tied up with the Financial Times and Penguin Books. Over its 70 year history, Anand Bazar Patrika Group has always promoted Indian arts. CIMA has 11,500 sq. ft of floor area in Central Calcutta, housing 9000 sq ft of state of the art galleries, with a comprehensive data base, restoration and evaluation facilities. Chamatkar exhibition will take place at Whiteleys Art Gallery at Whiteleys, Queensway, London W2 4YN between 29 October and 15 November 1996. Details can be obtained on tel: 0171 229 8844.


Three young Indian artists, who reflect the diversity of Asian artisitic life, have been selected for the Royal Over-Seas League 13th Annual Open Exhibition. Bharti Kher was born in the UK and currently lives in Delhi. Amrit Singh was born and works in the UK, and Pradeep Sukumaran lives and works in Kerala state.
The exhibition is unique in bringing together work by young British artists with their cotemporaries from the Commonwealth, and over the past thirteen years, has established its reputation as a discerning showcase for young, contemporary artisits.
More than 50 works have been selected from a submission in excess of 400 by artists upto the age of 35, from 21 different Commonwealth countries. This is reflected in the selection which includes works by artists from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, India, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Republic of Ireland and South Africa as well as from the UK. Most of the overseas artists are exhibiting in the UK for the first time.
More than 7,000 is awarded in prizes and travel scholarships, including a first prize of 3,000 and a trophy commissioned from the ceramic arist Mary-Jo Doherty, an MA graduate of the Royal College of Art. Sponsors and donors include the Sir Ernest Cassel Educational Trust, Coutts & Co, Champagne Pommery, the John Ellerman Foundation and Pearson Lowe.
The Royal Overseas League will be open daily 10am to 6pm from 4 to 15 September. The exhibition also tours to the Edinburgh College of Art from 23 September to 18 October 1996. The address of ROSL is: Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James's Street, London SW1A 1LR, Tel: 0171 408 0214