ARPAN DAS
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Arpan Das is a Kolkata based freelancer, born in 1982 in Kolkata. He received his Bachelor and Master Degree in Visual Arts in the year 2006 and 2008 respectively from Government College of Art and Craft Kolkata. In his painting, he try to depict the human and his continous efforts to understand the social scenario from past and present, his modernity, his various emotions and his world of immense curiosity. Life and its warp and woofs, ups and downs, and anxious moment become the subject sometimes. His works are the reflections of his conscious or subconscious mind where Indian-ness expressed through ‘not so Indian’ gesture. Idealism through realistic depiction. His has done several exhibitions in all over the world. In 2009, he was awarded the ‘Indra Dugar Award’.
ATANU BHATTACHARYA
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Born in 1964, in Kolkata, Atanu completed his art education in Print Making in 1992, from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. Atanu Bhattacharya’s works have been showcased in several solo shows including in Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2011, and Society of Contemporary Artists Gallery, Kolkata, in 2008. His works have been celebrated across several groups as well as solo shows that demonstrated his journey in the realms of art. Group exhibitions include Migration & Empathy – An International Art Exhibition curated by Reyhani Akan at Bursa Migration History Museum, Turkey, in 2017. Among other group exhibitions that he participated in are “Multiple Encounters—Second Edition—Indo-US”, an international print exhibition, organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 2012, “Print Exchange” in Brownson Art Gallery, New York, USA, in 2009, “Symphony of Art & Music” organized by Art Border Line & Calcutta School of Music, Kolkata, in 2009, “Visual Rhapsody,” organized by Aryan Art Gallery, in Hong Kong, New Delhi, and Kolkata, in 2008, 11th International Exhibition of Small Graphic Forms – Poland-Lodz, in 2002, 5th Bharat Bhavan International Biennale of Print Art, Bhopal, in 2001. Nationally his works were showcased in several group shows, including in S.C.A. Etching Album Release Exhibition, by Birla Academy of Art & Culture, in 2017, “Expression in Bronze” –a sculpture show by Aakriti Art Gallery and S.C.A, Kolkata, New Delhi, in 2015, Annual Exhibition of Maya Art Space, Kolkata in 2014, “Cross Road Art Exhibition—Heritage in Contemporary Art” organized by Nitanjali Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2012, “Painters 22,” a watercolor show curated by eminent artist Sunil Das, by Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata, in 2012, 50 Years Closing Ceremony Show of S.C.A group in Kolkata, in 2010, “From the Form to the Formless – An Indian contemporary art exhibition, in Bangalore, in 2010, Golden Jubilee Exhibition of S.C.A. group in Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, from 2009 through 2010, “Not So Long Ago,” a sculpture show organized by Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata, in 2009, “Six Seasons,” a contemporary art show organized by Images & Beyond Gallery, Kolkata, in 2008, “Art Mile,” an exhibition of paintings by Art Mile Gallery, Kolkata, in 2008, “Synchrome,” Gallery Akar Prakar, Kolkata, in 2007, “Bengal Art,” at Mahua Art Gallery, Bangalore, in 2006, “Uttarayan,” by Bayer ABS ltd. Gallery, Baroda, in 2005, 44th and 45th National Exhibition of Art, New Delhi, in the year 2000 and 2001, Eastern Region Art Exhibition, by Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra, Kolkata, & CIMA Gallery, Kolkata, in 2002, and All India Print Show 2000, Cymroza Art Gallery, Kolkata, New Delhi, Chennai & Mumbai, “Art of Bengal (1850 – 1999)” at Biswa Banga Sammelan Millennium Festival, Kolkata, in 2000, “2 Man Show” at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in the years 1992, 1994, 1996, and 2007. He participated in exhibitions at Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi in 2000, at Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, in 1995 and 1998, at Birla Academy, Kolkata, in 2002 and at “All India Art Exhibition,” presented by Bombay Art Society, Jehangir Art Gallery, in 1995 and 1996. His achievements in the world of art have been celebrated by several awards including Junior Fellowship in Visual Art from Human Resource and Development, Department of Culture, Govt. Of India (1998—2000) and Ravindra Bharati Visual art Faculty Graphics Award, in 1993. He has participated in many art camps in Kolkata as well as New Delhi. Atanu lives and works in Kolkata.
ATIN BASAK
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AtinBasak says that his recent body of work represents the beliefs and ways of life in the East or the Orient. The recluses and sages that he creates in his etchings and lithographs on paper have a certain quality that places them above and beyond the ‘madding crowd’ of humanity. Although they are alone, they seem to be perceptive, judicious and erudite people who have seen and experienced the world as it is, and then made the choice to live apart from it. In works with titles like ‘Hermit’ and ‘Solitude’, the artist’s flawlessly controlled use of shade and texture helps to build the characters of these subjects adeptly depicting their self-confidence and personal power. Basak places Sanskrit letters in these works to similarly portray a sense of age-old tradition, understanding and wisdom in a world that seems to have forgotten the value of everything that is not modern. Born in Kolkata in 1966, AtinBasak studied painting in this city and later received his MA in printmaking from a Baroda art college. All through his career he has received several awards, prominent among them the 1999-2000 Charles Wallace India Trust Arts Award and a scholarship from the French Government to work in their country as a visiting artist. Collections of his works are housed in the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Lalit Kala Academy in New Delhi, the Baroda Palace Museum, the British Council in Bombay as well as in personal collections in Bombay, Calcutta, Baroda, Ahmedabad, Belgium, Singapore, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Germany, France, Japan and the UK.
BABU XAVIER
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Babu Xavier is an artist, based in Trivandrum, Kerala. His canvases are brought alive with vivid colours and creatures. His brushes paint on full-blooded reds, vibrant yellows and sparkling blues and greens, creating nearly human figures with some sexual undertones in watercolours that seem to radiate light almost like a prism. He was born in 1960. In his school and early college days, he claims he couldn`t even manage a respectable drawing in any of his science journals. It was only when he was in university, and was sitting scribbling on a newspaper in the library one day, that Babu Xavier realized he could and wanted to paint. He decided that art school wasn`t the place for him. He didn`t want to go with years of restrictions and regulations. He believed that his inspirations and methods would be affected and restrained by a formal schooling in fine arts. It was only by chance that Babu ran into the famous artist Jayapal Panicker, from Kerala. Panicker left such a lasting impression on Xavier, that he withdrew from college in his final year to join him at the Cholamandal Art Colony in Madras and work under his guidance for a while. When he returned from there, he started living in Kerala by selling small, photograph-sized canvases. His time changes when a holidaying bank manager bought some of his work and took it back to Mumbai with him. There, the eminent cartoonist Mario Miranda saw the paintings and got in touch with the artist to tell him he should come to Mumbai. Very soon he was showing his work at the Pundole Art Gallery, and the response was quite amazing.
BAMAPADA BANDOPADHYAY (B P Banerjee)
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CHANDRA BHATTACHARJEE
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Chandra Bhattacharjee was born on 18th November, 1961 at Patuli (Bardhaman ), West Bengal. He has graduated from the Indian College, of Art and Draughtsmanship with a first class in 1986.He has Received a gold medal from Rabindra Bharati University in 1986 for excellence in fine arts. He has started his career as a billboard artist and then became renowned artist. Chandra Bhattacharjee has participated in Several important group shows organized by Gallery Threshold, Palette (New Delhi), Sumukha Gallery (Bangalore) , The Guild and Tao In Mumbai, Gallery 88 (Calcutta). His works are in several collections worldwide and are also part of several Auctions. He tries to capture the vastness of the land through his painting. His photographs are large-scale, mostly long shots, yet he as a painter inevitably draws his attention to nature’s minutiae. Nothing is trivial in his landscape. The onslaught on nature seeps into spaces of his mind that he never knew existed. This keenness has become a part of his body. The acrid windpipe, the twisted eye are continuations of what he sees and feels around him. His sore skin is the unstoppable fragility of the exposed flower. He just gives the minimal visual shape to these feelings and forms at times literally, at times metaphorically.
CHITTAPRASAD BHATTACHARYA
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Chittaprosad's Bhattacharya's works reflect his reformist concerns. They are a depiction of the images that were his preoccupation --- poor peasants and labourers. His hard-hitting caricatures and sketches of the poor dying in the Bengal famine (1943) worked like modern day reportage, and shook the middle class and the British officials out of their apathy.

His reformist concerns showed in his life too, when he refused to use his Brahminical surname 'Bhattacharyya'. Today, collectors and lovers of art treasure Chittaprosad's woodcuts, linocuts and posters immensely.

Yet, this artist was once refused admission in the Government School of Art, Kolkata and the Kala Bhawan, Santiniketan. A self-taught artist, he experimented constantly with the art of picture making. A master of many forms, he quickly adapted to the need of the times and switched to simpler lines and fewer exaggerations of forms.

A contemporary of ZainulAbedin (1917-1976, Bangladesh) and Govardhan Ash, who were known for their brutally honest depiction of human suffering, Chittoprasad was a Communist Party of India activist. Amongst his noted works are the posters and paintings of the Naval Mutiny in Bombay (1946). He even joined the World Peace Movement.

Bhattacharya first exhibited in Prague's National Gallery and was heralded bet the international artist community as a master. Confession, a documentary on his life by Pavel Hobl (Czech) won a special prize from the World Peace Council.

Bhattacharya passed away in 1978.

DASARATH DAS
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Dasarath Das was born on 3rd February 1989, Murshidabad, West Bengal, India. He has completed B.F.A. - 2012 (Printmaking) from renowned The Indian College of Arts And Draftsmanship (R.B.U.) Kolkata. And his M.F.A.-2014 (Printmaking) from the reputed Govt. College of Art & Craft, Kolkata (University of Calcutta) India. He has participated his recent National exhibition, International exhibition shows, Scholarships, Group shows, awards and workshops etc. Some of them are - Lalitkala Akademi (Delhi), Birla academy art and culture (Kolkata), Academy of fine arts (Kolkata), Rajya Charukal (Kolkata), CIMA Award Show (Kolkata), Emami Chisel Art (Kolkata), Artsacre Gallery (Kolkata), S.C.Z.C.C.(Nagpur), Open Window (Kolkata), I.C.A.D.(Kolkata), G.C.A.C (Kolkata),etc.
DEBABRTA DE
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Debabrata De was born in 1959 in West Bengal. In 1989 he received his Diploma in Fine Arts from Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship, Calcutta. Debabrata had several solo shows: In 1989 he showcased solo at Tagore Art Gallery, Calcutta. In 1990 he had a solo show at Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta. In 1997 he exhibited solo at RashtriyaLalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. In 2006 he had a solo exhibition at Colour& Brush Commercial Gallery, Mumbai. In 2008 he showcased at Sanskriti Art Gallery, Kolkata. He participated in several group exhibitions: In 1989 he took part in a group show at Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta. In 1990 participated in group shows at Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai; at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and at Nehru Centre, Mumbai. In 1991 he took part in Ganapathi Terracotta Exhibition at Chemould Art Gallery, Calcutta. In 1992 he participated in Arts Acre Exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. In 1994 he exhibited in the 8th Triennial at Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi. In 1995 he took part in a group show at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. In 1995 and 1997 he participated in People for Animals at Park Hotel, New Delhi. In 1998 he took part in Contemporary Artists in India at RashtriyaLalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. In 2000 he participated in BangaUtsav 2000 in Calcutta. In 2001 he participated in a group show at Art Indus, New Delhi. From 2007 – 2015 he participated in the annual exhibitions of Sanskriti Art Gallery, Kolkata. From 2011 – 2014 he took part in the annual exhibitions of Gallery Kolkata. From 2013 – 2015 he participated in the annual exhibitions of Gallery ICCI. From 2014 – 2015 he took part in groups shows at Nitanjali Art Gallery, New Delhi. He took part in group exhibitions at Greenwich Citizen Art Gallery and Ipswich Art Gallery, U.K. In 2015 he took part in a group show at Artist Center, Mumbai. In 2016 he participated in a group show at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. Debabrata has participated in several workshops: He took part in the Calcutta Artist workshop by Max Muller Bhavan. He participated in Terracotta workshop at Arts Acre by Lalit Kala Academy. He took part in Woodcut Print workshop by USIS Arts Acre. He participated in Graphics workshop by Alliance Francaise. He took part in Calcutta Sculptors Camp in Jaipur. From 2013 - 2016 he took part in Gallery Sanskriti Art Workshop, Bishnupur. From 2006 – 2009 he took part in the Annual Exhibition at Sanskriti Art Gallery, Calcutta. He has received several awards: In 1997, 1998 and 2002 he received an award from AIFACS, New Delhi. Debabrata lives and works in Kolkata.
FARHAD HUSSAIN
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Farhad Hussain’s paintings are brimming with confidence of vibrant colours. A 2003 graduate from Shantiniketan, Hussain went on to complete his postgraduate diploma from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda in 2005. His works based on the realities of human relationships and their subtle complexities. While his earlier works were less complex the seed of his current work was sown then. Farhad says, “In my earlier works, I used to work on images that came from my day to day visual experience. But these images were always present with a touch of humour and sarcasm.” Farhad’s paintings dwell on the human figure. His works are narrative with each figure interrelated to the other. Though, a glance, one may feel awestruck by their presence, but each figure portrays an integral part of the work, which nurtures the narrative. In terms of structure and concepts these recent works deal with more thought provocative intricacies. The underlying sublimity of humor and irony betray the true experience of the artist. Vibrant colours and bright backdrops are a trademark of the artist. He has chosen to use tempera on cloth for his works, the media allowing him to achieve the desired vibrancy of colours. His work is the method of applying colour: dot-by-dot till the entire area is completely covered. Various elements from miniature paintings, Kalighat paintings, Japanese prints and images from mass media are scrutinized, transformed and transferred on to the surface through the artists own style of expression. After recognising his own style, the artist is continuously striving to evolve his work, trying to take it to a higher aesthetic level. There is a conscious bid to make his presence felt through his artwork. He has received Nasreen Mohamedi scholarship. The Indian Art College Art Exhibition has also awarded him the prize for best watercolour in 1998. Farhad has participated in several group shows in Baroda, Mumbai and Kolkata.
GANESH HALOI
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Ganesh Haloi was born in 1936 in East Bengal, now in Bangladesh. He migrated to Kolkata during the partition. He graduated from Government College of Art & craft kolkata in 1956 and joined Archaeological Survey of India as a Senior Artist. In 1957 to 1963 he has been deputed to work at Ajanta cave. Later, he has joined Art College Kolkata as a lecturer in 1964. Earlier, his work includes study of miniatures at Banasthali (Rajasthan) and copying Ajanta frescoes for six long years. Initially his work is dominated with landscapes, but formerly paintings reflect his introvert and philosophic temperament. Haloi's work shows his preoccupation with the theme of devastation or calamity and resilience. He tries to fit the irregular movements of life into the artificial boundaries of the paintings. His perspective is that of a victim, but tempered with a strong dose of philosophy, a tranquil acceptance. His use of colours is thick, evoking thoughtful reminiscence with spontaneous ease. Ganesh Haloi has won several awards including the Late R. N. Chakarborty Memorial (ex principal) Gold Medal from the Government College of Art, Kolkata (1956), the seven silver medals from Kolkata University (1953, 1954, 1955). Gold medals from the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata (1955, 1956, 1957, 1963, 1964, 1966, and 1970).
GOBARDHAN ASH
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Gobardhan Ash was born in 1907 in India. He studied at the Fine Arts Government School of Arts in Kolkata between 1926 and 1930 and at the Government School of Arts and Crafts in Chennai in 1932. He was nominated Chief Artist at the Indian institute of Arts and Industry in Kolkata in 1946, In 1953, he became a Senior Teacher at the Indian Art School of Kolkata, where he stayed another two years, before founding the Fine Art Mission of Begumpur in 1956.He then started his career as an independent artist and remained so until he death in 1996. In the modern Indian art his contribution is remarkable. India witnessed the advent of Western modernism is significant and colossal. His work was exploratory, visionary and inspiring. He printed with bold courage and a free spirit, never yielding to the rules set by official art. He rejected the preconceived notions of how an artist ought to render his subjects and inevitably rebelled against the academic rules. In 1945, Ash was brought into the public eye when the progressive writers Association discovered his series of paintings on the Bengal famine. The paintings depict, if not document, the ravages of the 1943 catastrophe. In juxtaposition to the famine series, his impressionist and post impressionist gouaches during the late 40s come as an interesting antithesis. Colors, rich and vibrant, come alive in a pulsating tone to dominate the entire painting.
GOGI SAROJ PAL
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Gogi Saroj Pal was born in 1945 in Neoli, Uttar Pradesh, India. Being an eminent Indian artist she works in many media, including gouache, oil, ceramic and weaving. Her works are usually women-centric and many of her paintings have a fantastical element that still comments on the female condition. Her early works were more realistic, but over time she has moved to simpler, more stylized paintings that have considerable impact. She has a diploma in painting from the College of Art in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. Over the years she has had nearly 30 solo shows and won a number of awards including the National Award of the Lalit Kala Akademi. She also participated in a large number of group shows both in India and overseas: Yugoslavia, Germany, France, Cuba and Japan among others. For two years, she studied at the College of Art in Banasthali, Rajasthan from 1961-1962 and then studied at the Government College of Arts and Crafts in Lucknow for a full 5 year graduate course. She chose painting as the main subject in the rigors of academic realism. She also did a full graduate course of art in College of Art in Delhi in 1968. She realized early in life that she wanted to become an artist. Her uncle being a famous writer she was exposed to the literary world and the arts. Her family was skeptical about her becoming an artist as in that era there were very few artists and almost no female artists. She knew that to become an artist, she would have to enroll in an art school. According to the authors in the book- 'Gogi Saroj Pal: the feminine unbound', Gogi's women appeared to be feminine, sensuous, coquettish but they could equally be bovine, obdurate and slovenly. In the initial stages of her experimentation with her work and her early works in lithography in 1979, Bartholomew would sense the solitariness of her 'faces, portraits, images, children with legs crossed, arms folded, recumbent figures, groups of people staring quietly, privately, personally into some past or future'
GOPAL GHOSH
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Gopal Ghosh was born in Kolkata in 1913. He obtained a Diploma in Painting from Maharaja School of Arts and Crafts, Jaipur (1931-35). Following this, he went on to pursue a Diploma in Sculpture at Government College of Arts and Crafts, Madras where he was the student of D.P. Roychowdhury, who was known for his realistic style in paintings and sculptures. He is known the world over for his mastery of the medium of watercolour. Infact, he is often credited with raising the stature of watercolour within the genre of Indian art history. Ghose’s paintings are normally small in size, giving them a miniature quality with an impressionistic style. Nature was to him the primary and ultimate inspiration and he had an inexhaustible appetite for the painted landscape. Ghose's color sense was unique. He would occasionally mix two media such as watercolor and pastel; his palette favored gentle misty shades broken patches of sharp color. Ghose passed away in 1990. Some of his works made it to the prestigious collections of the country including the Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
HAREN DAS
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Born in 1921 in Dinajpur - a small town in undivided Bengal, now in Bangladesh, Haren Das took a diploma in Fine Art from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata. He specialized in graphic arts, besides studying mural painting.

Immediately after graduating in 1938, he joined as a lecturer in his alma mater. He also enrolled for a two-year teacher-training course, where he opted to study graphic art, woodcuts, lithography and etchings. Das is considered to be one of the finest graphic artists India has ever produced, especially of woodcuts.

Das introduced line engraving and etching into the art curriculum of the Government College of Arts and Crafts, thus laying the foundation for print making and graphic art education in India. He once told an art writer, "Just as a poet or musician expresses his emotions and his interpretations of life through words and sounds, an artist visualizes the phenomenal world around him in the receptacle of his mind and expresses it in color and form. But an artist who is obsessed with woodcuts sees life through a special point of view and must work with light and shade, composing them into a picture and adapting his medium to the presentation."

Most of his works, especially his woodcuts and engravings, captured rural, pastoral Bengal. Despite using restrain and economy, Das has managed to offer a glimpse of a Bengal that no longer exists. Most of his work is a nostalgic reflection into a childhood and a youth spent at Dinajpur. In his works, the artist depicts man as part of nature, an individual who lives in harmony with the elements surrounding him. His works talk of cobbled streets, buffaloes, the village well, women with pots on their heads...

A winner of the several national awards, Das held several one-man shows and group shows across India. His works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, the Calcutta Art Gallery and many other state galleries. In 1950, he published a book of engravings titled `Bengal Village in Wood`.

Haren Das died in Kolkata in 1968.

JAMINI ROY
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Born in 1887 in a small village in Beliatore, Bankura district, West Bengal, Jamini Roy joined the Government School of Art, Kolkata in 1903. He began his career by painting in the Post-Impressionist genre of landscapes and portraits, very much in keeping with his training in a British academic system. Yet, by 1925, Roy had begun experimenting along the lines of popular bazaar paintings sold outside the Kalighat temple in Kolkata. By the early 1930s, Roy made a complete switch to indigenous materials to paint on woven mats, cloth and wood coated with lime. The inspiration for painting on woven mats was the textures he found in Byzantine art, which he had seen in colour photographs. It occurred to him that painting on a woven mat might make for an interesting mosaic-like surface. The Santhals, a tribal people who live in the rural districts of Bengal, were an important subject for Roy. A series of works done a decade before World War II is a very good example of how he captured the qualities that are a part of native folk painting and recombined them with those of his own. He fused the minimal brush strokes of the Kalighat style with elements of tribal art from Bengal (like that of the terracotta work found in the Bishnupur temple in Bengal, where terracotta was often composed into decorative units - some elaborate in design - over portals and across exterior walls of the temples). Roy\'s rejection of the then modern style of painting and his foray into the realm of Bengali folk paintings marked a new beginning in the history of Indian modern art. The mother and child, Radha, and animals were painted in simple two-dimensional forms, with flat color application and an emphasis on the lines. The main subjects were often enclosed within decorative borders with motifs in the background. The figure of the Christ was also a subject that Roy often painted. Roy held several one-man exhibitions and numerous group shows. His works can be found in several private and public collections, institutions and museums all over the world, including the Lalit Kala Academy in Delhi and museums in Germany and the United States of America. He was honored with the Padma Bhushan in 1955. Jamini Roy died on 24 April 1972 in Kolkata, where he had lived all his life.
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