Celebrating the rich culture of Bengal’s legacy through art, music, food and more

Kolkata Centre for Creativity is all set to host the second edition of the AMI Arts Festival-  a festival that will celebrate the rich culture of Bengal’s legacy through art, music, food and more. AMI Arts Festival 2021 aims to touch the lives of people with hope and positivity.   It is a celebration of the amalgamation of cutting-edge contemporary art and traditional crafts. The festival will start from 17th December 2021 to 19th December 2021 at Nazrul Tirtha from 12: 00 pm to 8:00 pm and will be open to all.

The inaugural  ceremony of the Festival was graced by Mr. NAKAMURA Yutaka, Consul General of Japan in Kolkata, Mr. Manish Chakraborti, Conservation Architect and Head, Department of Architecture, Sister Nivedita University, New Town, Kolkata, Ms. Richa Agarwal, Chairperson, Kolkata Centre for Creativity, Mr. Debasish Sen, Chairman and Managing Director, WBHIDCO Ltd., followed by a musical performance by Pandit Uday Bhawalkar.

The second edition of the ‘AMI Arts Festival 2021 will focus on the varied aspects of art and culture. The festival will also bear a reflection of the flagship programs organised by KCC throughout the year. In addition to this there will be Bengal’s indigenous folk performances of Tusu, Bhadu, Gambhira and Raibeshe. The festival will not just celebrate the well-known artists but also promote lesser-known talented artists, who have invested years of hard work without being recognized, and the promising youngsters, who are struggling to begin their journey. The festival will also exhibit stunning original artworks from over 50 artists across India.

Another major attraction at the AMI Arts 2021 is the bazaar which will have an art and craft market, with food and fun. This will be followed by crowd-pulling hands-on art and craft workshops by Dipankar Roy, Upal Sengupta (of ‘Chandrabindoo’), Rituparno Basu, Tamal Bhattacharya and a melodious musical evening which will be graced by singers like Sahana Bajpaie, Pt Uday Bhawalkar, Lopamudra, Cizzy, Srijaini Ghosh, Rene Singh and etc . There will be a screening of lesser-known documentaries by Goutam Ghose, followed by a conversation with the director himself and a special screening and release of 5 animated films based on children’s books written and illustrated by K. G. Subramanyan and A. Ramachandran (created by Foundation for Indian Art Education), followed by a panel discussion with speakers Prof. R. Siva Kumar, Naveen Kishore, Jogen Chowdhury and  Chhatrapati Dutta. Also there will be a virtual talk session in association with Seagull books in the presence of renowned speakers Naveen Kishore and Pushan Kripalani, Sarover Zaidi, Nilanjana Bhowmik and Wanjiku Wa Ngũgĩ. An exclusive film screening on ‘Radical Intimacies’ will be done in collaboration with British Council.

“We are delighted to host the second edition of the AMI Arts Festival, the annual art festival organized by Kolkata Centre for Creativity. After the successful first edition, we are back this year again with several exciting exhibitions and an array of delightful art and craft bazaar, music concerts, workshops, film screenings, and virtual conversation series. , said Ms. Richa Agarwal, Chairperson, Kolkata Centre for Creativity.

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