When the Archer Art Gallery by the father-son duo of Relias commenced its elegant space in 2018, it had shared its vision of bringing for viewers and collectors a mix of local and national artists. Even as some of us may not be happy with distinctions applied on a ‘regional’ or ‘mainstream’ national basis in the realms of art and literature, we do come across such understanding and classification in practice. Viewed in that context Archer has lived up to its self anointed credo and done its best for actualizing this mixed approach in spite of the hindrance posed by the Covid-19 during the interregnum since March 2020 and till recently, technically even in the instant. So we have seen…...
Nov 19, 2021 - Dec 10, 2021
We are delighted to invite you to the opening of the show PRAKRUTI PURUSH, works on Shiva by JATIN DAS At the opening, we will also be celebrating his birthday. He turns 80 on the 2nd of Dec. 2021! Shri B V Doshi will grace the occasion. Source: Facebook
Nov 18, 2021 - Jan 01, 2022
23 Grams of Salt Retracing Gandhi’s March to Dandi by Anuj Ambalal The Salt March, conceived and led by Mohandas K. Gandhi, is regarded as one of the defining movements in the history of the Indian independence struggle. On the 12th of March 1930 it commenced from the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, and traversing more…
In this Photo Studio, photographer Ashish Mehta of ‘Meet Me at Khadia’, who has been running a time-honoured photo-walk in the walled city of Ahmedabad captures the authentic flavour of Amdavad’s kite festival known as Uttarayan.
Also known as Makar Sankranti in various traditions, Uttarayan festival, is dedicated to the Sun God and marks end of the 6 month period that began with June Solstice. Makar Sankranti, the Indian equivalent of Winter solstice marks the beginning of 6 month long ‘Uttarayan’ period, in which the northern hemisphere of the planet is tilted towards the Sun. Considered an auspicious time for new beginnings, particularly in agrarian societies, this day is marked with lot of festivity. The festivity is passionately celebrated all across India, but in the city of Ahmedabad, it is specially rejoiced by flying vivid kites using a sharp abrasive string called Manja.
The Heritage city of Ahmedabad is famous for its Uttarayan revelry as people and families gather on the Pol terraces to fly kites with utmost enthusiasm. The festivity is marked with authentic Gujarati dishes including the quintessential dish full of winter vegetables called Undhiyu. This album is a compilation of Mehta’s four years of Uttarayan photography, which was mostly conducted during the evening times of the festival in the Khadia Pol. The senior lensman is using Canon 1100D to capture the saffron hues of the Amdavadi Uttarayan skies.
To be a part of this celebration, you can contact Ashish Mehta as this year he has organised a ‘Uttarayan in Pol‘ event within the walled city of Ahmedabad. Since the happening is meant to be a traditional affair, participants will be given colourful kites, environment friendly manja, lip-smacking indigenous delicacies and of course an original Amdavadi Uttarayan experience curated by Mehta himself.
The captions of the photographs are the different names of Uttarayan/Makar Sankranti in various regions of India, Nepal and Pakistan.
Sep 20, 2021
“So many books, so little time.” “A room without books is like a body without the soul.” “The person be it a gentleman or a lady, who has no pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” “Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” These are some of…
Nov 23, 2021
It has been an interesting journey with the Indian Portrait which started in 2010 and was resting with its XIth Edition that came in March 2020. That was in the form of veteran photographer Jyoti Bhatt’s photographic portraits of his contemporaries which had found their way into Relia’s huge collection which in turn keeps growing…
Nov 21, 2021
When the Archer Art Gallery by the father-son duo of Relias commenced its elegant space in 2018, it had shared its vision of bringing for viewers and collectors a mix of local and national artists. Even as some of us may not be happy with distinctions applied on a ‘regional’ or ‘mainstream’ national basis in…
Nov 11, 2021
Two art shows are currently on in the city this week. Interestingly while one is a solo show by Yamini Gajjar comprising entirely of water colour works, the other a group show by Rajkot Art Society has a couple of water colours too, but it otherwise offers a variety of media and themes and also…
હીરાની કણિકા સમાન ઝળકે તારા ઝગારે ગ્રહો!
મોતીનાં લૂમખાં બધે લળી રહ્યાં નક્ષત્રમાળા અહો!
ધોળીશી ઊભરા સમી દૂધ તણા આકાશગંગા ખીલે!
વાંકી કોર રૂપેરી ચંદ્રની કળા જો આસમાની ઝૂલે!
શાંતિ, શીતળતા, તથા મધુરતા, સૌંદર્ય, શોભા, પ્રભા!
રાત્રી રાણી સુહવી સાડી શરીરે દીપાવી ઓ જયોત્સ્ના!
હર્ખે નિર્ખિ ઝલે હલેતી રમણી બાળા ચકોરી-કુળ!
ગાયે ગાન મીઠું રૂડા હલકથી આનંદમાં બુલબુલ!
આવે શાંત સમે શિ ખળખળ વહી, ઝર્ણો નદીઓ, લળી –
સંગીતધ્વનિ વિસ્તરે! અનિલની લ્હેરો વિલાસે ઢળી!
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શી આદર્શ સમે સરોવર-જળે નાચે શશીની કળા!
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