Originated with a rock concert held on March 5, 1972; established Seagull Books in 1982 and finally Seagull Foundation for the Arts in 1987; today it is a thriving resource for literature and information on the arts. Registrations: Trust; 80G.
To promote performing arts (parallel cinema and theatre), visual arts, both traditional and contemporary; to document and preserve all cultural activity; publish books and a theatre journal; arrange forums; provide support systems, network, exhibit designing.
Seagull books - rose out of the need to have niche publications, serious, in-depth, high quality works on the alternative, the non-commercial and the experimental; first to publish post-production film scripts documenting the New Indian Cinema; undertook a sustained programme of regional playwriting in English translation; brought out series of studies on contemporary arts in India. Published cinema theory in a sustained manner, opening up a discourse on cinema in its interactions with other arts, history, psychology, politics, sociology.
Seagull Theatre Quarterly - The only all-India journal of theatre and performance published in English; In an effort to sustain the drama movement through propagation of new ideas, encourages struggling groups, presents talented artists and their work to the world; promotes networking, theatre for change, voices from the margins, archival documentation, theatre activism, traditional performance forms, women and theatre, cross-genre experimentation.
Seagull Book Store brings together an international selection of over 20,000 titles in performing arts, visual arts, music, literature, translation studies, culture, economics and fiction. Holds book-related events such as readings, talks, meetings with the author.
Seagull Foundation for the Arts- creates and presents arts exhibitions; major retrospectives by senior artists; focuses on non-saleable aspect or area of an artist's work that commercial galleries are reluctant to exhibit; conducts research and documents the life and work of respected artists like the late Nirode Mazumdar; video-biography project uses the mainstream medium of television to share the rich lives and professional histories of important artists; translates contemporary plays by playwrights in Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada and Manipuri. Initiated a Theatre for Change project with funding from the UK-based Network for Social Change. Collaborates with two Kolkata NGOs, working with women victims of violence and with children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre provides access to the existing literature and illustrations, slides, video clippings on art to artists, researchers and scholars especially those working in the eastern region; arts library is an archive and a data bank for arts research, with in-house viewing and listening facilities for films and tapes; facilitates genuine exchange of views and the dissemination of ideas through seminars, lectures, publications, art and theatre events. Conceived and organised Shorts, country's first-ever international festival and national competition of short and documentary films; organised Shikarh (meaning roots), the first ever grassroots theatre festival, a weeklong programme of plays drawn mainly from the industrial suburbs around
Won the country's prestigious DAVP awards for the best produced books of the year for two of its three first titles.
New bookstore with warehousing facility; active arts education and appreciation programme at the Centre, structured in graded and flexible modules to apply to different learning needs and levels, including disadvantaged children who are outside the formal school system.
Includes Mrinal Sen, KG Subramanyan, Samik Bandopadhyay, Komal