Venue and Team

Habitat Photosphere Photography Festival is organized by the Visual Arts Gallery of India Habitat Centre (IHC). The festival culminates in a month long grand finale at the IHC, New Delhi.

India Habitat Centre

IHC was conceived to provide a physical environment, which would serve as a catalyst for a synergetic relationship between individuals and institutions working in diverse habitat related areas and would therefore maximize their total effectiveness. To facilitate this interaction, the Centre provides a superb range of facilities.

Representative of “ecology by design, India Habitat Centre was Joseph Stein’s largest project. Spread over an area of nine acres, it is perhaps most successful as a work of urban design, a place that handles an enormous variety of public and private activities, from housing to banking to entertainment to food. A city within a city, it is an intellectual shopping centre that provides cheap green curry, great theatre, cutting edge art, …., and wonderful outdoor spaces that are comfortable even in summer.

An island of architectural excellence in the busy metropolis of India’s capital, Delhi, the campus weaves in a unique interplay of institutions, supporting infrastructure and facilities such as conference venues, auditoria, hospitality areas, the library and resource centre, and art galleries. The landscaping, horticulture and fountains add to the pleasing ambience of the campus.

Visual Art Gallery

Visual Arts Gallery of the India Habitat Centre has come a long way since its inception in the July 2000. The Visual Arts Gallery has been a hub of uninterrupted art activity spanning different genres, and crossing many a boundaries. From the visual art to seminars, and now traversing the path of the digital world, the Visual Arts Gallery has a finger on the pulse of contemporary art trends leading to a sharing and union of energies and ideas. 

The Gallery works in a multi-dimensional manner. From showcasing two-dimensional works to three-dimensional works, we are trying to bring the best of art traditions both nationally and internationally. There is also an interface between what is termed ‘high art’ to popular art traditions, very much in keeping with the philosophy and vision of the India Habitat Centre.In the last fourteen years, as perhaps the largest non-profit centre in the country, we have been supporting art, crafts, material culture, emerging talent, and also the medium of photography. 

The immediacy of the medium of photography forms an inherent trajectory of the visual arts. Photography is now a serious art practice and we have hosted works by some of the well-known photographers of the country, namely Amit Pasricha, Amit Mehra, Prabir Purkayastha, among others. Their photo exhibits indeed herald the coming age of photography, and speak of the new levels to which photography is being taken.

Artistic Director, Habitat Photosphere

Dr. Alka Pande is currently the Consultant Arts Advisor and Curator at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi and the Artistic Director of Photosphere. She completed her Post-doctoral studies from Goldsmiths College, University of the Arts, London, in Critical Art Theory, under the aegis of the Charles Wallace India Trust. Her PhD was in History of Art, on the concept of Ardhanarisvara in Indian Art with special emphasis on sculpture. She has been passionately involved with the world of art for nearly three and half decades.

Dr. Pande is responsible for curating several significant and perceptive exhibitions in India and abroad, notably a singular exhibition at the Pinacothèque de Paris entitled The Kama-Sutra: Spirituality and Eroticism in Indian Art. In 2006, she was awarded the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres or Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, an award bequeathed by the French government. In 2009, she received the Australian Asia Council Special Award. She then went on to receive the Amrita Shergill Samman from the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi in 2014 for her contribution to the arts.

Team

Sunit Tandon
Director of IHC

Dr Alka Pande
Artistic Direction

Nishigandha Chitale
Project Coordination

Suprabha Nayak
Administration

Saurabh Rai
Installation

Rahul Singh
Office Runner

Geet Hiranandani
Intern

Aditi Tandon
Administration

Rashmi Kapoor
Design and Documentation

Dilpreet Bhullar
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