Events & Activities
SSVAD offers art residency opportunities to artists from other states and countries. Studio space and accommodations are provided with minimum charges (details on enquiry). Artists can avail the facilities of the centre and work with the artistic ambience of the place. As it is located in Santiniketan, which has a large community of artists associated with Visva Bharati, the University founded by the great poet and philosopher, Rabindranath Tagore- it has a rich cultural history to compliment ones creativity. The natural surroundings of Santiniketan, the tribal villages and the famous Bauls- the roving minstrels of Bengal can be a very enriching sensory experience for creative individuals.
Exhibitions, workshops, art fairs
Study and research in art and design
Interactive sessions with artists from India and abroad
Theatre, Film shows and performances
Outreach programme with local village children
The main motto of SSVAD is to create space for multi-disciplinary art activities, which has been happening from the inception of the art centre and continuing. Art residencies, exhibitions, seminars, workshops, performances that happened are summarized below.
Art Festival: “Shilpi Milon Utsav”
This year, Kala Bhavana is celebrating hundred years of its foundation and to commemorate the occasion, SSVAD is organising a special artists’ festival, named “Shilpi Milan Utsav”. We are inviting artists from all over India to be a part of this festival. The Festival starts on 2nd August and will end on 7th August 2019. Read more..
Young Santiniketan Artists’ Exhibition 2019 ( 18th to 30th November, 2019 )
- Young Santiniketan Artists’ Exhibition 2015:
3rd Young Santiniketan Artists’ Exhibition 2015 organized from 4th to 18th March 2015. Total 64 numbers of art works were selected from 150 artists. Among them 5 artists were awarded with Cash Price of Rs. 10000/ each with a certificate of excellence and 21 artists were appreciated with a certificate of appreciation.
- Candle Light Drawings Workshop:
On 6th to 7th October 2015 the Art Centre organized a candle light drawing workshop. The Participants were the Members artists of the Society.
- 5th Anniversary Day Celebration:
Santiniketan Society of Visual Art and Design celebrated its 5th Anniversary Day on 19th November 2015. This year the Centre felicitated eminent Art writer Shri Manasij Majumder and Artist Shri Partha Pratim Deb for their life time contribution to art and education.
- Printmaking Workshop
From 6th to 10th January 2016 SSVAD organized a printmaking workshop. Some renowned artists from India and Bangladesh participated in this collaborative workshop named ‘Ganga Padma Collective’. Sri Laxma Gaud, Sri Sanat Kar, Sri Jogen Chowdhury, and Sri V. Nagdas from India and Sri Sahid Kabir, Sri Manirul Islam Sri Rafiqun Nabi and Sri Abdul Barq Alvi from Bangladesh.
From 8th to 10th February 2016 Sarjan Art Gallery Baroda and SSVAD jointly organized an Art Camp. Shri K. G. Subramanyan, Sri Jogen Chowdhury, Sri Chandra Bhattacharya Smt. Jayashri Chakraborty and artist members of SSVAD took part in the Camp.
- Young Santiniketan Artists’ Exhibition 2016:
4th Young Santiniketan Artists’ Exhibition 2016 organized from 29th March to 15th April 2016 Total 64 numbers of art works were selected from 94 artists. Among them 5 artists were awarded with Cash Price of Rs. 10000/ each with a certificate of excellence and 18 artists were appreciated with a certificate of appreciation.
- 6th Anniversary Day Celebration:
Santiniketan Society of Visual Art and Design celebrated its 6th Anniversary Day on 19th November 2016. On this auspicious occasion song and dance was presented by Santhal Children from the nearby village, Bonerpukurdanga and Esraj recital by Shri Abir Singh Khangura. On the same day an exhibition was opened at the Art Centre and the participant artists were the members of the society and studio workers of the society.
- SSVAD Film Screening for the month of January 2017:
As a part of the cultural activity, SSVAD screened a film ‘Siddheswari’ movie by Mani Kaul on 13th January 2017. A large number of people attended the screening.
- International Etching Workshop:
An Etching workshop was organized by SSVAD from 15th to 20th January 2017 where a well known artist Mr. Shahid Kabir was participated from Bangladesh and Shri Jogen Chowdhury and member artist of the SSVAD participated in the workshop.
- International Art Workshop:
An International Art Workshop was organized by SSVAD from 20th to 23rd January 2017 at the premises. Where well known painters Mr. Tawatchai Somkong, Panya Vijinthansarn, Alongkorn Lauwatthana were from Thailand and Mr. Shahid Kabir and Mr. Nisar Hossain were from Bangladesh participated in the workshop. On 21st January 2017 all the invited artists demonstrated their art works by slide show presentation with interactive discussion.
- SSVAD Film Screening for the month of February 2017:
A Film was screened ‘KAPILA’ on the Kutiattyam Dancer Kapila Venu by Sanju Surendran at the Society on 19th Fabruary 2017. The event was followed by an interactive session with the director on Skype.
- A joint Collaborative Art Camp with The Eyewithin:
SSVAD and The Eyewithin jointly organized an Art Camp from 24th to 27th March 2017 where renowned artists from all over India participated. 13 numbers of Artists participated on the Camp, namely Akhilesh Verma, Chandra Bhattacharya, Farhad Husain, Jogen Chowdhury, Jayashree Chakraborty, Jayasri Burman, Justin Ponmany, Laxma Goud, Mithu Sen, Paresh Maity, Prajakta Potnis, Thota Vaikuntham and T.V. Santhosh. On 26th March SSVAD organized a presentation of the artists followed by an interactive session. A large number of junior artists and member artists of the SSVAD were attended the session.
- “A Route to Reveal Discourses in Contemporary Art Practice”:
SSVAD organized an interactive session named “A Route to Reveal Discourses in Contemporary Art Practice” where Prof. Jogen Chowdhury and Prof. R. Shivkumar replied all the queries related to the contemporary art practice to the M.F.A. students of Kala-Bhavana.
- Ceramic Workshop jointly with Lumiarz India, Kolkata:
SSVAD and Lumiarz India, Kolkata jointly organized a Ceramic Art Camp from 5th to 13th August in the SSAVD Premises. Member Artists of SSVAD and two Juinor Artists from Nagalanad and Bhutan participated in the Art Camp.
- Discussion of Contemporary Art Practice:
“A Route to Reveal Discourses in Contemporary Art Practice”, M.F.A Students of Kala-Bhavana in Conversation with Prof. R. Sivakumar and Prof. Jogen Chowdhury, was conducted on 24th April, 2017 at the SSVAD premises.
- SSVAD film screening:
As a part of the Society’s cultural activity, SSVAD art committee screened a documentary film LATCHO DROM by Tony Gatlif on 12th July 2017 at 6:30 P.M., members of the Society and a good number of local residents attended the Show.
- SSVAD film screening:
SSVAD Art Committee screened another documentary film “PICASSO: LOVE, SEX, AND ART” on 24th September 2017 at 6:30 P.M. Students, local residents and society members were present during the Show.
- Young Santiniketan Artists’ Exhibition 2017:
5th Young Santiniketan Artists’ Exhibition 2017 organized from 17th November to 30th November 2017. Total 68 numbers of art works were selected from 94 artists. Among them 5 artists were awarded with Cash Price of Rs. 10000/ each with a certificate of excellence and 25 artists were appreciated with a certificate of appreciation. The Awards were distributed on 19th November 2017 during the 7th Anniversary of the Society.
- Clay Modelling Workshop with the Child Artists:
SSVAD cultural committee organized a clay modeling workshop in the month of November at the Society premises. Smt. Sheema Barua was the Mentor of the workshop. 12 Santhal Child Artists participated in the workshop from the nearby village Bonerpukurdanga. The workshop started on 2nd November and ended on 15th November 2017. The Child artists enjoyed the Workshop. The Art works created by the Santhal children were much appreciated by the members of SSVAD.
- 7th Anniversary Day Celebration:
Santiniketan Society of Visual Art and Design celebrated its 7th Anniversary Day on 19th November 2017. On this auspicious occasion songs along with recitation were presented by the invited artists Smt. Indrani Bhattacharya and Shri Shankarlal Bhattacharya. Two books were also released on this occasion written by Shri Shankarlal Bhattacharya, i) Pateswari ii) Vatsayan & Vrindavani. Besides Santhal Children from the nearby village, Bonerpukurdanga presented beautiful group dance with traditional Santhali songs. During the Occasion the Society felicitated Prof. Sibaprasad Kar Choudhury for his contribution on Art.
- Group Exhibition of the Society members at Kala-Kriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad:
SSVAD and Kala-Kriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad jointly organized a Group Exhibition of the Members of SSVAD at Kala-Kriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad for a month from 18 January 2018 to 18 February 2018. 25 Artist members of the SSVAD participated in the show. Number of local artists and art lovers visited the Show. A beautiful catalogue was designed by Shri Rishi Barua, one of the artist members of the Society.
- Workshop with Moner Milon, Kolkata:
One day workshop of “Moner Milon, a cultural organization of Kolkata was organized by SSVAD and Moner Milon jointly at the Centre’s premises on 9th March 2018. Artists from Kolkata and Santiniketan participated in the workshop.
- International Artist Residency Programme:
SSVAD organized an International Artist Residency Programme from 24th March to 23rd April 2018 at the Society premises. Two Artists from France, Fred Kleinberg and Laur Meyrieux participated in the Programme. Laur Meyrieux is a designer and Fred Kleinberg is a painter. On the last day of the programme both of them gave individual presentation on their work and shared their experiences. Artists’ members of the SSVAD very much appreciated their work.
- A Film Show:
Documentary Film maker Mr. Anindya Dutta screened three of his films at SSVAD with interactive session with the audience on 29th June 2018. Students from Kala-Bhavana and local residents along with SSVAD members attended the show.