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 Acquisition of Digital Photographs of Prof. Jyoti Bhatt

Prof. Jyoti Bhatt

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) has recently acquired rare photographic collection of Prof. Jyoti Bhatt along with his Artworks, Publications on Art, Primary Documents (Diaries, Letters, Manuscripts & Essays, Etching Press Drawings), Photographs of Living Traditions and Artist Community etc., in digital form.

Prof. Bhatt, an esteemed painter, acclaimed photographer, graphic artist and art pedagogue is a leading figure in the contemporary art movement centered around the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda. This collection is the extensive and comprehensive documentation and survey of the many living traditions, confined in various regional pockets in different parts of the country. It includes rural and urban areas in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha and Andaman and Nicobar islands. Traditions such as sanjhi, rangoli, pottery, wall and floor paintings, performative practices etc. are some of the consistent themes of his documentation.

Out of over 40,000 digital images, the IGNCA team digitized 32,647 photo-negatives in last six months and the rest has been received from Prof. Bhatt, digitized under AAA (Asian Art Archives) project.
This collection will be useful for the researchers in the filed of Life style study, Anthropology, Sociology, Photography, Indian art, Visual art etc.

An exhibition of selected images from this collection is expected early next year, which will be curated under the overall supervision and guidance of Prof. Bhatt.
 

 

 

 


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