Santiniketan Society of Visual Art and Design (a registered and non-profitable society) was established on 19th November 2010 with a vision to promote Indian art, culture and its heritage. SSVAD has three studios of painting, sculpture and print-making, an extensive library on art and literature and an exhibition hall. The Society has organised many workshops on Art and invited artists in residency, both national and international
Rabindranath Tagore believed in our rich cultural heritage which he wanted to be deeply appreciated all over the world through the rich exchange and amalgamation of the Oriental and Occidental art. As he brought the stifled classroom education out in the open amongst nature, similarly he brought the nature closer to us through the creation of Visva Bharati.
The Visual Art section of Visva Bharati is Kala Bhavana. Rabindranath Tagore along with Nandalal Bose, Ramkinkar Baij, Benode Behari Mukherjee, and few others laid the edifice of this great institute which, over the years evolved into a pioneering centre for dissemination of contemporary art practice. In its 100thyear of journey, Kala Bhavana lived with stalwarts like Satyajit Roy, Somenath Hore, KG Subramanyan, Sankha Choudhuri, Tayeb Mehta, Sarbari Roychowdhury, A. Ramachandran and many others.
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.
The festival will offer, apart from the Art Workshop, few events as mentioned below:
· Screening of a documentary on Santiniketan.
· Visva-Bharati museum visit.
· Interaction with Kala Bhavana students.
· Musical performance
· Visit to a special exhibition of the great masters from the collection of Kala Bhavana.