Join us for an exhibition that intimately captures the journey of the art form, Jatra, currently in wane, from the unique perspective of Soumya Sankar Bose, born into an extended family of Jatra artists, and a witness to the many changes.
The inner lives of Jatra artists seep into black and white photographs, and attempt to recapture the magic of a form that has entertained, educated and informed over many decades.
These staged photographs of former Jatra artists explore the nuances of sustainability, livelihood and art, asJatra battles competition from television, and film.
Soumya's technique creates a time warp, as the past bleeds into the present to evoke memories of a grand past, slowly fading into the quotidian.
JATRA: An interactive multimedia exhibition with Jatra artists
Opening: May 20, 2016 | 05:00 PM
On view between: May 21 – 25, 2016 | 03:00 PM to 07:00 PM
76, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road, Kolkata - 700 016
Contact: +91-33-2265 3108
The Jatra artists featured, and the photographer, will be present at the venue to interact
with the audience on May 20, 2016.
Soumya Sankar Bose pursued his passion for photography at the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and has exhibited his work at group shows in Kolkata, and Dhaka. His work has been featured in Better Photography, Kindle Magazine, Mint Lounge, The Caravan, Wired, and A'int-Bad Magazine, as well as online portals, such as Gallery Carte Blanche, F-Stop Magazine, Galli Magazine, Scroll.in, The Huffington Post, BBC Online and Medium. He received the Toto Funds the Arts (TFA)-Tasveer Emerging Photographer of the Year Award, 2015.
Soumya Sankar Bose received support for his project from India Foundation for the Arts, under its Arts Practice programme.