Artists to propose alternative plans for Venkatappa Art Gallery

By Divya Shekhar | April 1st, 2016 | Economic Times BENGALURU: After an hour long meeting with Karnataka tourism minister RV Deshpande and culture minister Umashree on Thursday evening, artists protesting against the adoption of the Venkatappa Art Gallery (VAG) by entrepreneur Abhishek Poddar said that they will propose their own alternatives for the gallery’s future…

Letter from Rekha Hebbar Rao to DOT

  To, The Director Karnataka Tourism Department. Dear Sir, I have received the mail inviting me to attend a meeting on 31-03-2016 with Shri R V Deshpande, Hon. Minister for Higher Education & Tourism to discuss the MOU as a member of the VAG Committee . This MOU was signed between Department of Archaeology, Ministry…

Unanswered questions in the raging VAG debate ~ The Hindu

PDF : March 31st Unanswered questions in the raging VAG debate _ The Hindu – Mobile edition March 31, 2016 The recent vehement debate over the future of the Venkatappa Art Gallery (VAG) has pitted friend against friend. There is a view that, as a private entity, Tasveer Foundation will do a good job of…

PPP and the Subversion of Democracy: Some Observations on the Adoption Program by DOT

by Rashmi Munikempanna and Sridhar Gowda Beginning/Process: Department of Tourism (DOT) was ‘inspired’ by the ‘Campaign Clean India’ launched by the Govt of India and wanted to improve the basic infrastructure and undertake promotion and publicity with private investment. DOT had identified 46 destinations including Venkatappa Art Gallery subsequent to the recommendations of Karnataka Tourism…

MoU-Read, Rejected, Recycled @ VAG | March 27, 2016. 2pm to 5pm

An Artistic Rejection of the Memorandum! We ‘Read the MoU!’, We ‘Reject the MoU!’, We ‘Recycle the MoU!’ Come 27 March, Artists of Bengaluru will put the MoU to better Use! A message to say that the artists having read the MoU have rejected it and appealed to scrap the MoU. The MoU is as…

Public Letter from Artist Pushpamala N

Karnataka artists objections to the take over of Venkatappa Gallery by Tasveer Foundation Some friends are a little confused why Karnataka artists are against the adoption of the state Venkatappa art Gallery ( VAG) by Tasveer Foundation to build MAP- Museum of Art and Photography to house Abhishek Poddar’s art collection. Artists have formed Vagforum…

Points of Discussion

A bulleted list of points that the Artists wish to discuss regarding the issue at hand with Venkatappa Art Gallery’s status.

MoU & VAGforum’s Critique

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.

Letters to the Government of Karnataka

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    

Support from Around the State

Solidarity from Artists in Belgavi ಬೆಳಗಾವಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಮತ್ತು ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ ಇಲಾಖೆ, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಆಯೋಜಿಸಲಾಗಿದ್ದ ಮೂರು ದಿನದ ಚಿತ್ರಕಲಾ ಶಿಬಿರದಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಪ್ರತಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಇಬ್ಬರು ಕಲಾವಿದರು ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರು, ಇದೇ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಸುಮಾರು ಆರವತ್ತಕ್ಕೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಕಲಾವಿದರು ಹಿರಿಯ ಚಿತ್ರಕಲಾವಿದ ಬಾಬುರಾವ್ ನಡೋಣಿ ಅವರ ನೇತೃತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಳಗಾವಿಯ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿಗೆ ಮನವಿ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದ ಕ್ಷಣ..ಯಾವುದೇ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕೂ ವೆಂಕಟಪ್ಪ ಆರ್ಟ್ ಗ್ಯಾಲರಿಯನ್ನು ಕಸಿದುಕೊಳ್ಳಬಾರದು, ಅದು ಕಲಾವಿದರ ಸೊತ್ತು ಎಂಬುದು ಮನವಿ ಪತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದ ಮುಖ್ಯವಿಷಯವಾಗಿತ್ತು. Kannada and Culture department…