In 1989 a group of teachers and few ex-students of Kala Bhavana,
Santiniketan, came together with the idea of creating a centre for
community living and art practice. Prof. K.G. Subramanyan suggested the
acronym ‘SVAD’, which means ‘taste’ in our vernacular language. In 2003
the society was registered as the ‘Santiniketan Society of Visual Art and
Design’ (SSVAD).

The centre has been conceived with the view to offering, with various
facilities, an ideal working platform for artists, especially for the young and
upcoming artists of this community. The foundation stone for this centre
was laid on 25th June 2008 by Prof. Dinkar Kowshik.

The Centre has two studios, one for painting and the other for sculpture
and ceramics. It has a large exhibition cum multipurpose hall, a permanent
display hall, and a library. A printmaking studio has been developed with a
new etching press which has been donated to SSVAD by the artists of
Bangladesh. There is also a small archive with computers and other
electronic equipments attached to the library. Besides, there is also a
guest house (can accommodate 12 guests at a time) and a cafeteria.
There is a large green space with an open air stage at one end, for various
cultural activities.

The Santiniketan Society of Visual art and Design is a non profit
organisation dedicated to the development, research and promotion of
arts, design and other allied subjects. SSVAD have already successfully
organised several art workshops, residencies and exhibitions. It proposes
to extend the activities manifold, including the establishment of exchange
programmes with national and international bodies, and creation of
professional opportunities for young artists working at the Centre. The
young artists working in its studios will be able to consult its library and
archive and use its facilities for experimenting and researching with new
ideas, concepts and materials.
Dinkar Kowshik formally inaugurates the Centre
Sapling planted by K.G. Subramanyan
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