Universal Values

This post is about the sumptuously produced periodical International Gallerie which is published from Mumbai by Bina Sarkar Ellias who believes in "the rich diversity of the world’s cultures and the powerful universality of ideas." The latest cover could well be one of Frida Kahlo's self portraits... and maybe it is... Which, we presume, is the point.

Launched in 1997, the inaugural issue (and subsequent issues) were widely praised and went on to win a number of national and international awards for excellence. What began as an arts and literary journal that focused on creative excellence worldwide underwent its own transformation and developed into a forum for the discussion of issues such as art, music, theatre, cinema, poetry and travel. And this is reflected in the varied themes that fuse the different issues: the latest Gallerie is titled Two Bengals and "traces the shared culture of Bangladesh and West Bengal."

Scholars have been lavish in their praise for the journal, and justifiably so. Amartys Sen calls it "a magnificient production as well as very discriminating and topically forceful presentations" while Pratapaditya Pal, editor of Marg (and one who should know!) says he is " enormously impressed with Gallerie. Knowing the constraints of producing such work in India, I am in full admiration for the courage and dedication with which it is produced. I hope this journal becomes a permanent feature in the Indian cultural landscape."

We agree! International Gallerie is a new addition to our Periodicals category. Annual subscriptions are Rs 530. Back issues for Rs 295. International subscriptions $45. Subscribe to the journal here.