Rashmi Munikempanna and Sridhar Gowda One of the questions that has come to define the discourse around the privatisation of Venkatappa Art Gallery has been the lack of funding, the inability of Government of Karnataka to run it without money and the promise of the flood of plush private funds. An examination of the annual…
by Rashmi Munikempanna and Sridhar Gowda Within the context of recent events in India such as the criminalisation of protest that we have seen at JNU, caste and it’s unaccountability with Rohith Vemula, the tabling of the bill on Aadhar, the threat of the coming back of 66A, what has been made clear is the…
VAG has a strong history and connection to the artists of Karnataka. This page captures its historicity.
A bulleted list of points that the Artists wish to discuss regarding the issue at hand with Venkatappa Art Gallery’s status.
The Memorandum of Understanding, made between the Government of Karnataka
represented by the Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage (1st Party), The
Department of Tourism (3rd Party), and MAP, a division of the Tasveer Foundation, a Trust
represented by its Trustee Mr. Abhishek Poddar (2nd Party),is a Stand-alone document,
meaning it is specially formulated, with its own special conditions, for this particular context.
It is a MoU that is clearly drafted by the Second Party – Mr. Abhishek Poddar, more or less
giving himself complete control. The various aspects of the MoU as discussed later here will
make that evident. The Government has endorsed such a draft without any particular
conditions of its own; to safeguard its own interest let alone that of the artist community! It is
a MoU that says a lot in analysis but very little in words.
To The Minister of Tourism, RV Deshpande : 26th Feb : Covering letter 26th Feb : Petitition To The Minister Kannada and Culture, Umashree : 17th March : Covering letter To The Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah : 22nd March : Letter and Acknowledgement Post from the CM
In this letter Umashree, Minister of Culture and Kannada, informs the Minister R.V Deshpande of the existence and importance of Venkatappa Art Gallery to artists and public and also about the petition by the arts community. And she states further: ‘’We need to make the Karnataka artists realise that encouraging and protecting their interests is…
The press release as presented on the 17th of March, 2016 to journalists at the Press Club