Initiated and supported by Art & Heritage Foundation (AHF), a non profit body and partnered by CIMA(Centre of International Modern Art), CIMA AWARDS-the Kolkata Art Festival has been designed as a biennial event in search of country wide talent in visual arts. The project was introduced for the first time in 2015.
The second edition of the project CIMA AWARDS – Kolkata Art Festival 2017 is designed to discover genuine talent in India, especially beyond the cities. It seeks to bridge the gap between urban and semi urban regions of India, promoting the varied richness of Indian arts as a whole. This project has been expanded to include other allied creative disciplines and activities viz. design, architecture, cinema, performance art, symposia, talks, conversations and workshops through various collateral projects in collaboration with leading universities, agencies and institutions from across the world, providing a holistic experience and overview of the arts.
The project is fast emerging as a major platform in India for artists, art cognoscenti, scholars and meeting of creative minds from across the world.
Director, Film & Theatre
Sculptor, head Sculpture Dept, Kalabhavan, Viswa Bharati Univ.
Artist & Dean, visual arts Rabindra Bharati University
Artist, Former principle visual art, RBU
Professor in Humanities, Presidency University, Kolkata & Former Director General of National Library, Kolkata.
Consultant, corporate affairs, PepsiCo India
Dr. Alka Pande is a prolific writer on Indian Erotic Literature, Indology, Indian Aesthetics and is the author of several well-acclaimed books, some of which have been translated into foreign languages. Recipient of the Charles Wallace Award in 1999-2000, Dr. Pande completed her post-doctoral studies in critical art theory from Goldsmith College, University of London. She is currently a Consultant Arts Advisor and Curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.