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India's first multi-dimensional interactive art space opens in Kolkata
Kolkata Centre for Creativity 2018, Courtesy of Kolkata Centre for Creativity.

KOLKATA.- On 21 November 2018, the Kolkata Centre for Creativity, a brand new multidimensional interactive arts centre of around 70,000 sq. ft, will open its doors to the public. Located off Eastern Metropolitan Bypass in Kolkata, India, KCC champions the art and cultural landscape of contemporary India and will be spearheaded by Emami Group’s Director, Richa Agarwal as KCC’s Executive Director & CEO of Emami Art. The ‘Indian Modern Crusader’ Pinakin Patel, is the Architect and Creative Director of the Centre. KCC will be an awe-inspiring thought provoking space, poised to enthral the art & culture fraternity across geographies.

Mrs. Richa Agarwal, Executive Director of KCC & CEO of Emami Art said: ‘KCC will inform, stimulate and inspire audiences with a wide range of artistic activities as well as provide a resource base through programmes, workshops, libraries and activities across a wide span of creative disciplines. Emami Art, one of the largest and finest art spaces in India will be the flagship destination in KCC for artists, visitors and art collectors. Our spaces will be year-round destinations and a landmark for the city, offering something unique to the field of art.’

Showcasing several expressions of art to highlight their common creative core, the Kolkata Centre for Creativity (KCC), will encourage visitors to explore, interact, learn and prototype ideas on various forms of art within its spaces:

• Emami Art - a gallery space with a regular programme of exhibitions by artists of national and international renown.

• The Centre of Contemporary Culture showcasing art, craft, antiquity and product design, while inviting audience interaction on how creative minded people can articulate culture.

• The Children’s Corner, using state-of-the-art technology to tell stories connected to mythology and nature.

• The Centre’s Café - ‘Café Sattva’ providing ‘food for thought’.

• A Conservation Studio and Event Rooms complement the building.

• A Skill Development Maker Section with libraries of both books as well as materials defining the topmost floor.

On the opening of the centre, Architect and Creative Director Pinakin Patel said, ‘What 'modernism' provided after the world wars and 'minimalism' did for the stressed-out investment bankers, is what is needed once again. The creative community must move beyond the peripheries of life and assert themselves at the very core of Contemporary Culture and maybe, this time around, India’s Kolkata Centre of Creativity can offer 'essentialism' as an antidote to the current degenerative chaos around!’

A highlight of the KCC inauguration will be School, the first ever solo exhibition of celebrated Indian Artist, the late Dashrath Patel which will be hosted by Emami Art at its sprawling gallery located on the ground floor of KCC. Showcasing the artist’s line drawings, ceramics and collages from 1930s – 2000, the exhibition will chart his artistic journey across mediums and types. Curated by Pinakin Patel the exhibition gives particular focus to Dashrath’s photographic work, a medium often overlooked.
The Kolkata Centre for Creativity offers free entry and will be open between 11am to 6pm from Tuesday to Sunday. KCC will be closed on Mondays.

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