Delhi to host Art Book festival from Feb 24

Art lovers will have a great opportunity to enrich the country’s rich arts and culture heritage through the prism of artists and books in the two-day art book fair which will begin here on February 24.

The New Delhi Art Book Fair (NDABF)’s inaugural edition will take place at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) at Mansingh Road. It will be open to the public from 1200 hrs to 1830 hrs.

The first ‘free and open’ art book fair will be a unique platform to discover India’s vast arts and culture spectrum through diverse panel discussions, workshops, art and book exhibitions and much more, release stated on Monday.

It will begin with a talk by a noted art historian, photographer and film maker Benoy K Behl on his latest book – The Art of India – Sculpture and Mural Painting.

Mr Arup Chatterjee will talk about aura of Indian trains and railway stations and its representations in writing, cinema and cultural production with his book The Purveyors of Destiny: A cultural Biography of Indian Railways. This will be followed by panel discussions on art in the age of Instagram with illustrators and travel photographers and writers.

The day will close with a focus talk on Smt. Kapaila Vatsayan by her biographer (Cognitive Biography), Ms Jyoti Sabharwal.

The second day will begin with-The journey of a vintage camera collector about his museum- The Museo Camera, founded by Aditya Arya in conversation with Mr. Samar Jodha – Photographer and an artist. The second day will also highlight the art and culture of zine making and independent voices in Indian zine culture.

A Mexican photographer and Chief editor of Photography books Susan Casarin will discuss her book ‘Realities and Desire’ with Santigo Ruy. Followed will be a journey of Indian Culture Graphic Novel: From genesis to taking it to global audience with Girija Jhujhunwala, Sourav Dutta and Lalit Sharma. Chef Michael Swamy, currently Chef Patron at Nueva, who has authored various books and has been a food stylist, will be discussing his book Indian food with the publisher Ajay Mago, moderated by Ipshita Mitra, Editor, Om Books.

Independent Musicians from the band ‘The Circus and Undying Inc.’ will be discussing the evolution of the taste, music and visual culture in the medium in contemporary India.
The festival will use the medium of art, culture and books to build a series of workshops: Handmade Bookmaking by Tara Books, Stop-Motion Animation by Inteqam Alam of the Delhi School of Arts, The Art of Burst Sketching Indian Portraits by Abhinav Sharma and a journey with Indian Calligraphy by renowned artist Yusuf Gouri.

Visitors will also get the glimpse of some of the highlights including Special Exhibition – Iran and India: From Persian Gulf to Indian Ocean by Daryoosh Akbarzadeh. It will explore the centuries old relations between Iran and India and the common ties in various cultural sphere. The exhibition also features images of Hindi temple in Bandar Abbas, the Indian Caravan Serai in the Kerman, the Gurudwara in Zahedan and other common heritage of Iran and India.

The other would be Zines exhibition from Across the world. Bombay Underground X Tokio Ga will present an exclusive exhibition on zines from across the world.

The next would be Asia Film Focus, 2017: TIME MACHINE (106 minutes):
This is an annual independent film festival held in Singapore with this year theme explores notions of archival and found footage in the context of contemporary film making in India and Singapore. Singapore films will be curated by Objectif, and India’s by Cinedarbaar. These films will be screened exclusively for the festival.

The two-day fair would conduct exclusive workshops and activities for children.

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