KHOJ Kolkata 2006

The international artists workshop, KHOJ Kolkota was held in October 2006 in Baruipur, a suburb on...
KHOJ Kolkata 2006
Chaudhari Bari of Baruipur, Kolkata
Saturday, 30 September 2006

The international artists workshop, KHOJ Kolkota was held in October 2006 in Baruipur, a suburb on the southern fringes of the city of Kolkata which is rapidly being engulfed by the urban sprawl.The 24 participating artists were invited to respond to the site of Chaudhari Bari of Baruipur - a sprawling structure set amidst extensive gardens. Possibly constructed in the latter half of the 19th century , the building essentially follows the pattern of the introverted courtyard style dwelling house , several traditional arches and columns which truly represent the aspirations and status of landed families of the era.


Khoj International Artist’s Association, Kolkata hosted Khoj Kolkata 2006 – An International Artists Workshop in Kolkata from 14-31 October 2006.

Founded in mid-2005, Khoj Kolkata has undertaken three projects in the last year. In January 2006, an initiating workshop titled Exploring Initiatives was held at Narendrapur in the outer environs of the city. The workshop was an internal exercise of the Khoj Kolkata Working Group, involving both mid-career and very young artists, students, and theoreticians. The workshop culminated in an Open Studio on site, followed by a seminar at Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata in February 2006.

In March 2006, Khoj Kolkata held an exhibition of drawings hosted by Akar-prakar, Kolkata. These 20 drawings were contributed by reputed artists from Kolkata and Santiniketan to support Khoj Kolkata’s efforts. A folio of 20 limited edition serigraph prints made from these drawings was simultaneously launched as a fund-raising initiative.

Khoj Kolkata’s fourth and most ambitious project yet, Khoj Kolkata 2006 – An International Artists Workshop included 26 national and international artists and theoreticians. The workshop site was Chaudhuribari, a sprawling heritage property located in Baruipur in the southern suburbs of the city. The participants engaged for a fortnight with this site to produce work largely generated from the environment itself. The workshop commenced on 14 October 2006 with a City Orientation conducted by conservation architect, Nilina Deb Lal, the focus being on 19th and 20th century heritage sites within the city, progressing from the White Town to the “native” quarter. The following morning, Nilina conducted a site orientation at Chaudhuri Bari, a property that dates to the last quarter of the 19th century.

The artists were housed at Artspace and Inge Garden, Baruipur, about 3.5kms from site. The workshop schedule included a full working day at the site, and evening presentations, performances, and interactions by participants and occasionally invited guests at Artspace. On 21 October, the Festival of Lights was celebrated on site in the spirit of Kali Puja/Diwali and the participants were given a tour of heritage Kali Pujas in city. The tour was conducted by Amitava Mukherjee.

The workshop culminated in an Open Studio at Chaudhuribari, Baruipur on 29 October 2006 when the public were invited to view the participants engagements with the site. This was followed by a Presentation of the Workshop & Panel Discussion chaired by Critic-in-Residence, Anshuman Dasgupta on Habitus of the Multiple: Intercultural Interactions in a Specific Site at Goethe Institute – Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata on 31 October 2006. 

Khoj Kolkata 2006 – An International Artists Workshop was primarily supported by reputed artists from Kolkata and Santiniketan, and by Artspace – Baruipur, the Goethe Institute – Max Mueller Bhavan, the British Council, city galleries, and some corporate houses.  

The organizers of KHOJ Kolkata 2006

An International Artists Workshop are the Core Group, Khoj Kolkata.

They include – 

CHAIRPERSON: Anshuman Dasgupta, Art Historian & Lecturer, Dept. of Art History, Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan

TREASURER: Chhatrapati Dutta, Practising Artist 

SECRETARY: Dr. Paula Sengupta, Practising Artist & Sr. Lecturer, Dept. of Graphics (Printmaking), Faculty of Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata

MEMBER: Sanchayan Ghosh, Practising Artist & Lecturer, Dept. of Painting, Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan

MEMBER: Abhijit Gupta, Practising Artist

MEMBER: Sujoy Ranjan Das, Chartered Accountant, Photographer, & Travel Writer

The participants of Khoj Kolkata 2006 – An International Artists Workshop were

BENGAL: Critic-in-Residence : Anshuman Dasgupta (Santiniketan)

Artists Sanchayan Ghosh (Santiniketan) Manjari Chakravarty (Santiniketan) Manas Acharya (Kolkata) Adip Dutta (Kolkata) Dipyaman Kar (Kolkata) Anindita Dutta (New York)



Archana Hande (Mumbai, Maharashtra) Ashim Purakayastha (New Delhi) Abhishek Hazra (Bangalore, Karnataka) Sajjad Hamdani (Srinagar, J&K) Mriganka Madhukaillya (Guwahati, Assam) Parvathy Ravi Nair (Trivandrum, Kerala)



Mamuka Japharidze (Georgia) Joanna Hoffman (Poland) Bruce Allan (UK) Robin Hewlett (USA) Joscelyn Gardner (Barbados/Canada) Simon Gush (South Africa) Fumiko Kobayashi (Japan) Chou Meng Yeh (Taiwan) Tran Ngoc Anh (Veitnam) Saira Sheikh (Pakistan) Zahed Ali Chowdhury (Bangladesh) Torin Chandrashekhara (Sri Lanka)

Observer: Ola Khalidi (Jordan)