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READ THIS MAGAZINE AT OUR HOME ON THE INTERNET

www.CultureCult.in
SUPPORT US AT

/CultureCult.in

JAGANNATH CHAKRAVARTI
ROUNAK CHATTERJEE
MADHUMITA BASU
SUNDAR RAGHAV

ARIJITA DEY

LAXMAN RAMAMURTHY

JAGANNATH CHAKRAVARTI
SUHAS KRISHNA

JAGANNATH CHAKRAVARTI
TRII-RA

© CULTURE CULT

‗The Muse - Lady in Red‘ by Sunil Das

A Magazine of the Arts, Literature and Culture

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ANALYSIS

FEATURES

12

68 74

Jagannath Chakravarti
Jagannath Chakravarti

14

Madhurima Basu

17

Madhurima Basu

20

Rounak Chatterjee

64

Arijita Dey

72 73
Madhurima Basu

70 76 80
Madhurima Basu
Rounak Chatterjee

78 84

CENTENARY

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Jagannath Chakravarti
Siddharth Pathak

86

THE BAN CULTURE

30

82

Shrestha Burman

04

Sundar Raghav

CultureCult Magazine - October 2015

Sundar Raghav

WRITE TO US

THE SPIRIT PAGE

We would greatly appreciate your feedback and comments regarding any of the pieces published in this
issue. We will be printing a selection of the letters in
our forthcoming issues.

96

NOTE: Letters may be edited before publication for
clarity purposes. We would abstain from
‗expurgation‘.

Swami Vivekananda

RETROSPECTIVE

Mail your letters to CultureCultin@gmail.com or
leave them in our inbox on Facebook at
www.Facebook.com/CultureCult.in

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If you wish to contribute to our publication, you are
more than welcome. Please refer to page no. 99 for
details on how to submit.

Laxman Ramamurthy

First phase of submissions is open till November 30.

PHOTOGRAPHY
LITERATURE

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34 35

Laxman Ramamurthy

Penelope Webb
Saiful Rahim

36 37 43 63
Shawn Hatfield
Siddharth Pathak
Adisa Obasanjo
Aniket Kaushal

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Jagannath Chakravarti

58
Siddharth Pathak

44

38

Syed Amir Milan

Herbert H. Hoffman

The Demarcation [CC] indicates the end of a particular segment [CC]
CultureCult Magazine - October 2015

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CultureCult Magazine - October 2015

EDITORIAL
It is never the right time. The right time is as we speak.
Born in a society where there is no dearth of inherently good individuals striving to push the
collective human race towards a higher state of cultural consciousness, CultureCult is yet
another drop in the vast ocean of concepts that are designed with a view as polysemous as
they come.

We have no more sense of what the future holds for us than the nameless author of the
Altamira cave-painting who set out to depict a lively bison in all her natural, artistic grace.
We wish to be no more than a platform of expression, kindling the spark of creative
inspiration like a black canvas of a dark cave wall in some timeless era.
Politically sceptic, thematically indulgent, socially extrovert and theologically ‘open‘,
CultureCult is a tangible extension of the modern thinking mind that is yet to define itself
within the structural confines of a predetermined -ism.
We intend to be a ceaseless work-in-progress that will both strive to attain perfection and
know in its heart of hearts that perfection is not something that can be achieved or sustained
as easily as working towards it with a faithless heart.
The leap is to have faith in the written word.
There is no better time to take the leap.
- The CultureCult Team

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CultureCult Magazine - October 2015

get initiated...

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Christ by Sunil Das

CultureCult Magazine - October 2015

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RETROSPECTIVE

Sunil Das
(1939 - 2015)
I do a sketch before I start painting. I always struggle with colours and shapes, until
they fall to desired pattern. Like a music conductor, I summon all my music instruments to play and orchestrate an aesthetic unit out of various experiences.
- Sunil Das
by Laxman Ramamurthy
With the unique distinction of being the only Indian
artist to have won a National Award from the Lalit
Kala Academy (The Shiromani Kala Puraskar) while
still in the Government College of Arts and Crafts,
Kolkata, Sunil Das was undoubtedly one of the
finest expressionist painters that the nation has had
the fortune to see. Besides winning a French
government scholarship to the Ecole National des
Beaux Arts, Das has served as commissioner to the
Sao Paulo Biennale and was a member of the jury of
the Pfix des Etrangeres, Paris.
While his paintings of horses brought him
prominence, Das found himself in Spain during the
course of his travels witnessing bullfights, where
his fascination for the form of the bull was kindled.
"I must have done 7000 horses between 1950 to 60,"
he says, "In 1962, I went to Spain, where I was
fascinated by the bull fights."
His ardent study of sculpting in Shantiniketan and
his zeal for graphic art in Paris has imbibed a
certain rigor in his paintings mostly associated with
the other art forms. Avoiding warm or loud colour
tones, his minimalist style often invokes a sense of
grotesque ecstasy in connoisseurs, especially in his
treatment of the women in his 'A woman in her
failings' series or even in his interpretation of

Christ. His signature use of charcoal and conté
crayons, an invention arising out of the dearth in
pigment during late 18th-early 19th century France,
is a testament to his sense of the minimal.
Delving into "man's inhumanity to man", Das'
philosophy is apparent in his handling of subject
when his focus tends to shift from the perfect
animal forms. Human beings are seldom as perfect
in his eyes and are represented likewise.
A prolific worker who had nearly ten phases in his
vibrant career, Das is fondly remembered as 'Ghora
Das' (The Horse Das) thanks to his fascination for
horses. Apart from 88 solo exhibitions across the
world as well as having his work included in the
Paris Biennale, Das received the Padma Shri award
from the Indian Government in 2014. The finery of
Das' paintings is almost an echo of the primordial
painters of humanity, who were as fascinated by the
terrific form of the bison as Das probably was with
that of the horse and the bull.
Bearing the weight of humanity in his 76 years of
hallowed existence, Sunil Das passed away on
August 10, 2015 in Kolkata.
The following pages exhibit a selection of his paintings from various phases in his career.
Pages 3, 8, 10, 11, 23, 66, 88
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