New Delhi To Host India’s First Art Book Festival

India’s first two-day art book fair will begin in Delhi 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 is being dedicated to the celebration of the country’s rich arts and culture heritage through the prism of artists and books. It will be open to the public from 12.00 noon to 6.30 PM. There will be special workshops and activities for children.

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.

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 Instragram with illustrators and travel photographers and writers.  The day will close with a focus talk on Smt. Kapaila Vatsayan by her biographer (Cognitive Birography), 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 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.

Some of the highlights will be:

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.  

Zines exhibition from Across the world:

Bombay Underground X Tokio Ga will present an exclusive exhibition on zines from across the world.

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.

Project Cinema Shiro (112 Minutes):
An Austrian film maker – Albert Allgaier will showcase his cult classic experimental film at the festival. It was earlier shown at Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles), Bolderāja (Riga), Backyard Stories (Batumi), Kunsthalle3000 (Vienna), C.C.O.P. (Porto) and StudioP (Vilnius).

Exclusive Workshops and activities For Children:

KAHANIYA - Spread over two days, several activities for children will be organized for children such as story telling session, script reading and writing workshop from Indian mythology and folk culture.

Art Cosplay
A competition organized for the fans on 25th February, Sunday at 04:00 p.m. A chance for all participants to dress up as their favorite character, artists, authors at the New Delhi Art Book Fair. Prizes to be given to best dressed.

Publishers Exhibitors At The Festival:

A glimpse to Indie books of Mexico.  A series of curated indie books will be at display from noted publishing houses - Tara Books, Moti Lal Banarasi Das, Caboose, Zines from India and World, Stellar Publication, Frontline Publication, Campfire, TokioGa Indie Journals. Besides publishers, several artists will be making their works available at the festival

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