Friday, December 3, 2021

Umesh Kumar's 'Hortus Mythos Indica' Book Launch

 " Department of Inter-dimensional Botany "

An exhibition of Magical herbology illustrations, sculptures and illustrated Books launch
Opens friday 3rd dec 2021, 6:30pm
Show continues 4th to 7th dec 11am to 7:30pm
@ 1Shanthiroad studio gallery, Bangalore

Illustrated book of Imaginary magical herbology
with 81 illustrations and texts.
This set of illustrations and book is about Magical fantasy, Healing and inter-dimensionality.
Hortus Mythos Indica : Imaginary annotations form Indian mythologies and other Indias is a set of 53 illustrations with texts for each.
This set of illustrations and book is an attempt to imagine and also rewrite mythology and the multiple other Indias in a creative way. This is also to bring in an intermingling of various dimensions in terms of the various Indias we live in imaginatively and in reality.

Umesh Kumar’s "Hortus Mythos Indica" is filled with magical flora that can heal our ailments, grant our deepest desires, and sometimes go beyond and cause hilarious and irreversible side effects. An unusual amalgam of a grandmother's remedial cookbook, a botanical handbook, and at times subaltern polemics. The illustrations whet our appetite for visual information but in a guarded manner. The images range from subdued flowers that perform yoga asanas to surprisingly vibrant forests that make you amorous.

The book is an ode to times that held the possibility of magical transformation, stumbled upon treasures in unknown realms, and discoveries; lush forests and impenetrable villages are a recurring theme in the book. We live in a world with few untouched forests at a time when herbs in our kitchens are in an attempt to be patented. These pages offer a chance to slip into that magical realm where all things are possible and things that aren't possible are easily explained why.

“Magical herbology” is an Occidental twin to the book "Hortus Mythos Indica" and it has a markedly different attitude. The book is an ode to those foreign books that brought us stories and creatures and magical peas that made you big or small, and princesses who needed that particular flower to wake from their comatose sleep.

The book offers an alternate worldview when seen together with Hortus Mythos Indica. Here the pages offer something close to a Neopagan and a multi-dimensional universe constructed by an artist/author in a globalised South Asia.

Umesh concocts a world of details in his imagination of these florae that apparently live a thousand miles away in lands that many of us have never stepped in. I would call this a literary and artistic subversion at its very best.

- Dhanya Rajaram.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Making sense of sense - Lecture by Prof H.S. Shivaprakash

public event of the creative writing program 'MAKING SENSE OF SENSES' by Prof H.S.Shivaprakash, Facilitated by Mamta Sagar

Saturday, November 13, 2021

A performance presented by Nalanda Arts Studio "Desdemona Roopakam"

 A performance presented to you by Nalanda Arts Studio called "Desdemona Roopakam, home kutcheri series".

at 6:30 The interpretation of William Shakespeare's Othello and Tishani Dishi's Girls Are Coming Out Of The Woods, directed by Abhishek Majumdar.
The performance shines through Pallavi MD and Bindumalini.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Friday, October 1, 2021

'I show you my town' workshop with Matthias Beckman

"I show you my town"

An online free documentary drawing workshop with Matthias Beckmann

Aim of the workshop:
We will learn how to create an exciting graphic reportage with the means of drawing, using visual means that we know from the film, storyboard, and comic: sequence of images, change of perspective, zoom, picture of the total scene, detail, etc.
We draw in front of the subject without photographic aids and develop a documentary drawing series about a place that has a special meaning for us.

In the daily Zoom meeting conducted and mentored by Matthias Beckmann, he gives suggestions, and the course participants discuss their work. The participants work independently on their series of drawings and receive individual corrections.

Selected works from the workshop will be presented on a website, and a series of postcards will be made.
The workshop is aimed at students and professionals in the fields of fine arts, architecture, illustration, and design.
Matthias Beckmann will select 20 participants from the applications for each workshop.

You can choose your participation between two workshops( Please mention your desired schedule in your application)

Workshop 1: October 18 - October 22, 2021
October 18, 2021, 11 am: first zoom meeting(Introduction)
October 19 till October 22, every day at 5 pm: zoom meeting
every day: individual work
October 29 at 5 pm: final discussion of the workshop and the results

Workshop 2: November 8 - November 12, 2021
November 8, 2021, 11 am: first zoom meeting(Introduction)
November 9 till November 12, every day at 5 pm: zoom meeting
every day: individual work
November 19 at 5 pm: final discussion of the workshop and the results
About the Artist
Berlin artist Matthias Beckmann has been working for many years on documentary drawing series on selected places and topics: German Parliament, Charité Hospital in Berlin, Refugee Housing, Romanesque Churches in Cologne, Vietnamese Life in Berlin, Museums in Berlin, Bonn, Wuppertal, Paris, Ghent, Linz, etc.
Works by Matthias Beckmann have been shown in numerous exhibitions and are in the graphic collections of many museums.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Open studio by Sandip Kuriakose

The focus of Sandip’s work has been an examination of power structures in the production and circulation of various kinds of intimacy in public, sexual, and social media interactions. Based on the ethnographic, archival, and biographical, his practice mines different visual cultures and found material to understand the failure of systems and the production of counter-systems that bear a glitchy memory of the original. He is interested in the spatiality of desire and what space does to the creation of varying types of desires.

His primary materials are photography, text, and publications. Photography as a tool of re-telling fiction has been of primary focus these last few years. This takes the form of conceptualizing and creating images sculpturally that are shot and take the final form of a photograph. He takes material from the public domain: cruising spaces, legal documents, newspapers, magazines, and social media, and places these in conditions where they play off each other so that new forms of reading can be realized. The manipulation and re-use of objects and images collected from these sources are, in many ways, the premise of his visual practice. This overlaps with his use of collage as form, which simultaneously ‘destructures’ and ‘restructures’ material. In its ability to archive and flatten the mark-making process, collage then becomes that which it seeks to represent.

About the Artist
Sandip Kuriakose graduated with an MVA (Painting) from MS University, Baroda (2014) and a BFA (Painting) from the College of Art, New Delhi. Shows include Lokame Tharavadu, Kerala; Tender Data, Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai; Listening as Practice, Gallery MMB Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai; In Search of Baba Singh, UCI, California; Against the Order Of, Clark House Initiative, Mumbai; FotoFest International 2018 Biennial Central Exhibition INDIA - Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art, Houston; Regimes of Truth, Gati Dance Forum, New Delhi; The 6th European Month of Photography, Das Foto Image Factory, Berlin; Art For Young Collectors, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai; and United Art Fair, New Delhi among others. Residencies include Clark House Initiative (2018), CONA Foundation (2018), TIFA Working Studios (2018) and the Summer Residency Program, School of Visual Arts (2013). He currently lives and works in Bangalore.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Drifting with Summer tides

Drifting with the Summer Tides

23 July 2021 - 6 August 2021 — Online @

“Let’s swim to the moon
Let’s climb through the tide
Surrender to the waiting worlds
That lap against our side.”
― Jim Morrison

“A single poem, alone
can turn tides
scatter galaxies
and burst forth with rivers
from paradise.”
― Sanober Khan, A Thousand Flamingos

We’re thrilled to announce the final program of films for the 14th edition of Monitor: Drifting with the Summer Tides.
To kick things off we would like to share a note from our guest curator Rasha Salti:
Sometimes curating is like building a puzzle where you have individual pieces, but the complete picture is for you to guess or make up.
The generous invitation from SAVAC to curate this forthcoming fourteenth edition of Monitor has felt close to that. The work conditions that the pandemic has imposed have perhaps amplified the loneliness of the overall process but watching the impressive number of submissions has also been salutary; each film was an occasion for reverie, drift, to another world, to the artist or filmmaker’s subjective, personal, and finely crafted world.
From drift to drift, the puzzle took the form of a musical composition, with the resonances of each film amplifying, bouncing, or harmonizing as they were strung together.
The proposed program could be described in movements, instead borrowing allegories from tides and waves seemed more apt, in reference to how they imagine, narrate, represent and re-articulate our being in the world within a living environment with relationships to land, water (rivers and oceans), fauna and flora; our being as carriers of memory and of a counter-memory of resistance; our being as carriers of ideology and of struggle.
The proposed program articulates along four tides: billowing tide, wave crest, breaker tide and ebbing wave.

Billowing Tide
Water Has Memory, Meera Devidayal
Jordão, Gian Spina
Dialogue with the Unseen, Valerio Rocco Orlando

Wave Crest
Untitled Part 9: this time, Jayce Salloum
Nothing Ever Happens Here, Sponge Gourd Collective
A Line Was Drawn, Mairead McClean
Stealing Earth, Karan Shrestha

Breaker Tide
The Hole’s Journey, Ghita Skali Syrialism, Dalia Al-Kury

Ebbing Wave
Part II: Fatimah and Kulit, Pathompon Mont Tesprateep
We Have Always Known the Wind’s Direction, Inas Halabi
Shadow & Act, Taiki Sakpisit

MONITOR is dedicated to the presentation of experimental short films and videos that initiate dialogue around the shifting nature of politics, economies and landscapes across the Global South and its diasporas

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

MAP in partnership with 1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery

OPEN CALL: India Artist Relief Fund

This relief fund seeks to support artists and their work during this difficult time and is open to all practicing artists, irrespective of the medium of practice. Including but not limited to painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, performance, and digital media.

Artists are invited to send us a brief CV along with a note on your art practice (500+ words) in English, Hindi or Kannada.

Please apply with five images of your recent works.
You may also send links to your works.

Please also send us a note telling us how this grant will be used and what the intended outcome is expected to be.

Preference will be given to independent practicing artists who are struggling financially and have not received grants/support earlier in the past year.
Artists will be required to share images of the work produced for documentation purposes but are free to use this grant to develop their practice and sell the artworks post documentation.

Send your application and all the information requested in one email to

The application should reach us by 30th June.
An independent jury will select 20 artists who will receive 50,000/- each.

Friday, March 26, 2021

 Kameshwaran is keenly invested in his immediate surroundings, thereby allowing the environments he inhabits to inform his work. He is especially drawn to the idea of home, his own family and uses materials that he salvages from urban debris that is somewhat connected to his own life. His skillful hands have the ability to bring meaning to the materials he works with whilst crafting ideas onto objects, with a subtle interplay between light and shadow. He navigates from the home/self, agrarian landscape, and the urban garden.

Stranded at home during the long and anxious lockdown period of the Covid pandemic, Kamesh found ways to sustain himself while stranded at home. Taking inspiration from the mundane, Kamesh observed lizards on the ceiling, chased fluttering moths, listened to bird songs, traced gnarled branches that blossom from the long winter and incorporated the aforementioned observations and activities into his work to sow seeds of hope.

The artist looks at himself in his self-portraits and holds a mirror to us, asking fundamental questions that are existential. He creates sculptural installations to investigate the hierarchy and patriarchy of labour. And from the arid landscape of his village, he chases rain clouds, yearning to harvest his thoughts as an artist on the edge of desire. This short interlude as an artist-in-residence at 1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery has given him the time to pause, think and look forward to the future. 

Friday, March 19, 2021

Bangalore, Inside/Out

A Photography Exhibition
Curated by Ashok Vish & Sandeep TK
Opens Friday, March 19, 2021 @ 7PM
On display till Sunday, March 21
7PM - 10PM. Evenings ONLY!
Part of Bangalore CONNECT, a series of projects supported under Project 560 by India Foundation for the Arts
About the Exhibition
‘Bangalore, Inside/Out’ will look at the role of photography as a means of access to people and places that we otherwise might not have access to, signifying that photographing intimate subjects is a life instinct. The exhibition will look at the city of Bangalore but by shifting the gaze inwards. By combining ideas of fiction and fantasy, we hope that the show will take us through the photographers’ journeys in looking at the intimate, while highlighting those personal stories, relationships, familial histories, interior spaces and other subject matters that are unquestionably personal in nature in relation to the city of Bangalore. Through such personal narratives, and looking inwards, we hope to make further enquiries around the numerous changes and conflicts of the city of Bangalore.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Meals Ready - Dips and Desserts with Suresh Jayaram

 Dips and Desserts with Suresh Jayaram

4:00 pm IST
14th March 2021
on Zoom
Based on The 1Shanthiroad Cookbook, Meals Ready is a series of three cooking-related events in which contributors from the book demonstrate a selection of recipes. Meals Ready serves as the next part of a broader project undertaken with support from an arts research grant from India Foundation for the Arts to initiate dialogues around the politics, history, and culture of food with a broader audience.
In Dips and Desserts, Suresh Jayaram, the founder of 1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery, will demonstrate three recipes from the book: two dips and a tender coconut pudding.
Prior registrations are required for this event and it will take place online via Zoom. Participants will be given a list of all required ingredients and can follow along from their homes and kitchens.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Past Forward: Anita Saran

 Past Forward: Anita Saran

“The personal is the most creative.” – Martin Scorsese
Anita has always loved to paint, winning all the
art competitions in school as well as bagging
the second place in the national Shankar’s
Painting Competition for Children.

A self-taught artist, she held her first solo show-
‘The Naked Muse’ at Java City Studios, Bangalore in
1999. She is inspired by Vincent Van Gogh and

Past Forward: Anita Saran’ is a celebration of her
iconic Wild Child days in Bangalore and her
passion for digital art.

But she looks forward to diving into the paint again
The current show of digital prints looks back at
her life as a model in exotic photoshoots that
celebrate Anita’s poise and attitude.

She looks back in retrospect and unpacks her personal
archive to revisit the Self.
She digitally modifies them with an expressionistic palette
to reclaim herself from the mirror of the past into the window of creative possibilities.
Here is a woman, model, writer, and creative soul who believes in karma and compassion, stretching her canvas to love herself and others.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Lake on fire - Film by Jennifer Rainsford

Lake on fire is a short sci-fi film telling the story from a distant future of how two former lovers are reunited in a virtual forest created by an artificial intelligence. Flowers are talking, the forest is shifting colors while fighting virtual wars and the former couple realise they can't change the past. A subtle science fiction short film about regret and an A.I. only interested in humans for giving love advice.

The film is 15 minutes followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

Jennifer Rainsford is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Stockholm, Sweden. She was an artist in residence at Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery in 2018 through IASPIS. Her short films and installations have been shown at festivals such as Oberhausen, Berlinale, Rotterdam and CPH:DOX. She has also worked as a journalist and documentary filmmaker at the cult TV-show Tracks on Arte in Paris. Her latest film, 'Lake on fire' was selected for the main competition “Startsladden” at Gothenburg IFF 2020.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Alli-Illi / Achi-Kochi / There-Here - Aishwaryan Kumaran + Sandeep TK + Suresh Jayaram

Alli-Illi / Achi-Kochi / There-Here

Aishwaryan Kumaran + Sandeep TK + Suresh Jayaram

The collaboration between Paradise Air in Matsudo, Japan, and 1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery Bangalore- India has been a mutual and reciprocal connection. We have had artists from both countries traveling and working in the residency context. In this process, we have had conversations across cultures.

The proposed group show will feature all three residents responding to our visit to Japan, through photographs, Videos, materials, crafts. Simultaneously our friends from Japan, from Paradise Air- Jumpei Mori. Shun Owada, Kenji Kodaira
are creating a show.

We wish to create an online dialogue simultaneously during our exhibition, that will continue to strengthen our relationship for further mutual collaboration and create this bridge between the artists in the contemporary art context.
The show opens on 23rd February Thursday 2021 and will be on display till 6th March Saturday 2021