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Stories of Light and Song: Contemporary Art Practices in Asia

January 9 @ 11:00 am - February 9 @ 7:00 pm

The prestigious Birla Academy of Art and Culture (BAAC) is celebrating its 57th anniversary with a special exhibition ‘Stories of Light and Song: Contemporary Art Practices in Asia’ that will open for viewing from January 9, 2024. Curated by Ina Puri, the group show featuring works of Baaran Ijlal, Gidree Bawlee, Ranbir Kaleka and Sudharak Olwe, salutes the spirit of humanity through artworks ranging from installations to photographs.

The opening of the exhibition on January 9 will have Ina Puri in conversation with Sudharak Olwe and Kamruzzaman Shadhin and Salma Jamal Moushum of Gidree Bawlee Foundation illuminating the various facets of this exhibition. Another engaging talk will be on February 9 with Ranbir Kaleka.

Gidree Bawlee Foundation from Balia, Thakurgaon, Bangladesh, is presenting “Waves”, a collaborative project between the two Bengals. Waves is a collaborative project by Gidree Bawlee where artisans from West Bengal, India and Bangladesh will come together to celebrate the collaborative process of bamboo weaving in Bengal. Through knowledge sharing and experimentation they will co-create a site-specific installation at the Birla Academy taking into account the local history of bamboo crafts.


“This exhibition brings to the city of Kolkata works that sing of love and loss, a show that celebrates life while accepting its ruptures and contradictions, saluting the spirit of humanity. Contemporaneity requires museums and art institutions to engage in a dialogue with the world on an equal basis. Stories of Light and Song: Contemporary Art Practices in Asia is brought to the Birla Academy with the hope that we can speak one universal language of inclusivity. The powerful, contemporary voices may be moving at different speeds, yet they move through the same historical time,” shares curator Ina Puri.

Event Details:

Preview Date: Tuesday 9th January 2024

Preview Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Exhibition Dates: 9th January 2024 to 9th February 2024

Venue: Sarala Birla Gallery, Terrace & Lawn at the Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata


January 9 @ 11:00 am
February 9 @ 7:00 pm
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