POI-2018 is a year of defining real talent and artistic diversity for POI. We bring you high profile personality of inspiration in the area of creativity and arts. Bina is an International cultural practitioner, a poet of a higher caliber, a mentor, a publisher, a brilliant arts curator and an editor of global repute. POI is highly gratified to feature this prominent mother figure of the global arts community. Readers, young artists, curators and young women voices tap the juices of wisdom and the honey of tenacity from our own artistic honey cob, Bina Sarkar Ellias!
The proverbial “eureka moment” happened rather late in life. While I am a writer-journalist by profession, I’ve had several punctuations, as it were, in my life as a daughter, mother and wife; as a woman. While I was engaged in all of these roles as most women are, I had forgotten my identity as an individual. One day, when the much-required brick fell on my head, I woke up to the realization that my core creative passions were gathering cobwebs in the closet. That was when I gave myself a tangible purpose. Conceptually, Gallerie’s perspective rose out of all the interests I had nurtured in my youth. When I initiated the journal in 1997, I did not have a clue who my readers would be. Today, after 18 years, I realize my readers are “the curious”. They have been reading and collecting Gallerie for the treasures we have unearthed and shared.
Bina, a Cultural practitioner, Editor, Publisher, Poet , Journalist and Curator(Ref: Wikipedia.com)
In 1984, Bina Sarkar Ellias co-founded the advertising agency “Nucleus”, with Rafeeq Ellias and worked for 12 years as its Creative Director. In 1997, she founded International Gallerie, a bi-annual arts and ideas magazine that she edits, designs and publishes.
In recognition of her efforts she has been awarded a Woman Achiever’s award by FICCI/FLO 2013, Woman Achiever of the year by TimesGroup & ITC, in 2008 and a Fellowship from the Asia Leadership Fellow Program and Japan Foundation for research and development of the project: Unity in Diversity: Envisioning Community Building in Asia and Beyond, Tokyo, in 2007 in recognition of her work in encouraging knowledge, understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity. She has also been recipient of the Prince Claus Awards.
Ellias has been invited to speak at various venues, chaired the New Moves Festival discussion with 10 Asian women artists in Glasgow as well as other fora in London, San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, Teheran, Dacca, Lahore, Karachi, Delhi, Santiniketan, Kolkata and Mumbai.[
Ellias began early in life as a freelance writer to Desmond Doig’s Junior Statesman, and was employed as assistant editor to T.M. Ramachandran of Film World, an eclectic Indian magazine on world cinema, soon after her graduation with English literature from the renowned Scottish Church College, of the University of Calcutta. She went on to be a sub editor at Eve’s Weekly, following which she contributed articles for The Times of India, The Indian Express, The Hindu and the Hindustan Times through the years.
She taught herself graphic design and has been invited by artists, galleries, photographers and a poet to design their books and catalogues. To date, she has designed and edited, Fifty Years of Contemporary Indian Art, 1997, for the Mohile Parikh Centre for Visual Arts, Mumbai, 1997 She has designed artist Jehangir Sabavala‘s catalogue for the 2002 show in Mumbai , Delhi and New York, artist Rekha Rodwittiya’s catalogue, 2003 and recently in 2007, for shows in New York, Crossing Generations: diverge, the fortieth anniversary catalogue for Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, 2004, and a book on artist Tyeb Mehta, Svaraj by Ramchandra Gandhi. She has designed, edited and published an art book, Chinthala Jagdish:Unmasked, 2004, and The Curious World of Chinthala Jagdish, 2008, a book of poems, Rain, for Indian poet Sudeep Sen, 2005, Ayesha Taleyarkhan’s book of photographs:, Bombay Mumbai, 2005, American photographer, Waswo X. Waswo’s book, India Poems: The Photographs and his recent catalogue, A Studio in Rajasthan, 2008. She has edited and designed photographer, Leena Kejriwal’s book, Calcutta: Repossessing the City. And artist Surendran Nair’s book, Itinerant Mythologies, 2008.
Ellias has curated several art shows: ‘Rain’ at Sakshi Art Gallery, Bombay, commissioning 32 Indian contemporary artists to make works on Rain; ‘Kashmir’ at Tao Art Gallery, Bombay, where artists from Jammu & Kashmir, long-marginalised, were invited to present their works with mainstream Indian artists in an awareness program of Kashmir, its history and conflict; and ‘The Curious World of Chinthala Jagdish, a show of the Hyderabad artist and his whimsical art works. She was invited to curate the online show of international art by Dawn Delikat and launched her curatorial project ‘Tagore Lost and Found’ with 30 Indian artists at Siddhartha Tagore’s Art Bull Gallery in New Delhi, 1 March 2013. She recently curated ‘Migration’ for the Pune Biennale 2017. It included photography, films and poetry mounted in six shipping containers with junk art created by Pune artists in the foreground.
A poet, her chapbook of poems, ‘The Room’ has been published by AarkArts, UK, besides having appeared in various magazines, anthologies and online poetry sites. Her book of poems ‘Fuse’ has been published by Poetry Primero, an imprint of Poetrywall, 2017. poems from it have been translated into Arabic, Urdu, French and Chinese. A Chinese edition of FUSE will be launched at the Formosa Poetry Festival in Tamsui, Taiwan, 2017. FUSE has also been taught at the Towson University in Maryland, USA.
A Journey of Ideas. 1997-2014, International Gallerie
Gallerie’s mission is to foster knowledge and understanding of diverse communities and their socio-political/cultural issues as interpreted through excellence in the arts and the written word. Our work celebrates diversity in all its cultural forms, the visual and performing arts, photography, cinema, essays and poetry. At Gallerie, we believe that culture is a vital thread connecting the world. It is culture that humanizes. We communicate these exigencies to our readers in a sumptuous 13”x10” format, making each issue a feast for the eyes and intellect. At the launch of every issue, we encourage inquiry, and debate, engaging our audience in interactive discussions, besides having readings and performances. The positive feedback from many of our global readers that Gallerie has altered their perception of life, has contributed in strength to our work.
Gallerie, the bi-annual arts and ideas magazine was founded in 1997 in India, by its editor, designer and publisher Bina Sarkar Ellias(firstname.lastname@example.org)