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Aditya Basak has his own world of fantasies which are much different from his real world. He strives to give form to the harsh realities of life and the strange thoughts that lurk in the corners of the subconscious, and both give his paintings a disturbing, haunting quality. He started his career with his Like the great surrealists of the past, his work goes beyond the visible, beyond reason, to give his canvases a haunting quality. Fantasies executed in color, his paintings have a strong grounding in reality responsible for their disturbing effect. Aditya Basak is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the National Award for Painting presented by the Lalit Kala Akademi. This prolific artist has already held more than 66 exhibitions.
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Akhil Chandra Das is a renowned sculptor from West Bengal who has explored the medium extensively to create art forms. He has finished his education at M.S University, Baroda, and MVA in sculpture. Akhil Chandra Das is a talented sculptor who uses bronze and wood to make complex social commentary. His animal forms are an allegory on the issues that plague the contemporary world. His work has always taken a swipe at the cultural decadence, hypocrisy, capitalism, and erosion of values. He evokes these ideas through surreal and mythological imageries with a sense of the absurd. His sculptures are a cynical reflection on the idea of displacement and identity. His first solo show was at Jehangir Art Gallery, in 2002. He has participated in several group shows like Harmony Show, National Exhibition. His works are in several private collections in Bombay, Baroda, Assam, Delhi, Bangalore, Pondicherry, USA, Japan, and Australia.
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Anjum Khan born in Lakhimpur Kheri, U.P in 1986. She completed her Bachelor and MAsters from AMU in the years 2010 and 2012 respectively. She has done many exhibition, shows and workshops like - Group Exhibition at Gallery 1000 A, DELHI. SOUND OF FOREST Workshop, UTTARAKHAND. GREEN DREAMS Group Ex., KERELA. COLOURS OF LIFE, Group Ex., MUMBAI. GANDHI, Workshop, NGMA, DELHI. SEHER, workshop JAIPUR. SELECTION FOR NATIONAL AWARD LALIT KALA ACADEMY. LALIT KALA workshop at CHAMBA. COLOURS OF LIF, Group Exh., MUMBAI. ONE SQUARE FEET, Group Show, GALLERY SPACE, Hyderabad. Gallery SREE ARTS 2018-19 award. Winter Show, LKA, Delhi. NGMA Indo-Korean, Workshop, INDO-HUNGARIAN Art Camp, Delhi. VMAF Tirupathi Art Camp, MAHABALIPURAM Art Camp, Jammu Kala Kendra Camp, J&K, Pathways Art Camp, Gurgaon, Jaipur Art Summit, Group show at Art Explore Art Gallery, Art Camp at Kylong, Himachal Pradesh, Art Camp by Urusvati, Gurgaon. Art Camp by Women Empowerment, Missouri, Art Camp at TATA STEEL Jamshedpur, Art Camp at Jaipur Diggi palace with ICCR, Group show at India International Center, Group show at Open Palm court IHC, ART FOR CONCERN Group Show, Kolkata. 15 days Art Residency at Kasauli, HP. ART FOR CONCERN GROUP SHOW, LUDHIYANA, All India Art Exhibition by NDMC, New Delhi
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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’.
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Ashoke Mullick was born in Calcutta in the year 1975. He is considered one of the leading painters from the Bengal school of Art. Ashoke Mullick combines a sense of satire with contemporary situations. His paintings mainly focus on the ordinary man and the contradictions he faces. His paintings show the dominance of green and blue colors to depict a large segment of urban India. His painting also portrays the contemporary age where people have lost the human touch and have become increasingly impersonal in their behavior. He has graduated with a first-class in fine arts in 1981. He was awarded a cultural scholarship from the Government of India under Bikash 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.
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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.
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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.
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Bijan Choudhury was born in Faridpur, Bengal now in Bangladesh in 1931. was a Bengal-born painter known for his activities as part of the Calcutta Painters in India. He moved to Calcutta where he studied at the Government College of Art and Craft, but because of his Marxist beliefs he was expelled before he could graduate.He returned to Bengal and graduated from the Dacca Art College. Choudhury was one of the artists that formed the Society of Contemporary Artists in 1960. In 1964 together with Nikhil Biswas, Prakash Karmakar, Rabin Mondal, Jogen Chowdhury and Dharaj Chowdhury he founded the Calcutta Painters to break from the traditions of the Bengal School of Art. In the late '70s he became head of the Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship. He died on 16 March 2012.
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Bimal Kundu was born in Kolkata in 1954. He graduated from Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata in painting and sculpture and stood first class first in sculpture in 1981. His sculptures are simplistic on the surface but precisely each one tells its own story. It is inspired and influenced by semi-realistic cubism. Bimal Kundu is always keen on for searching new forms and he has successfully translated leather, wood, bronze, stone, and fiberglass into individual modern forms. He is a member of Contemporary Artists since 1989 and is also a member of West Bengal State Charukala Parishad. Besides getting Rajaram Scholarship from Government of Karnataka and Governor’s memorial medal, H. C. Ghosh Award he has also won National Award in 2000.
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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.
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Chhandok Majumder was born on 27 July,1995.He completed his BFA and MFA from Rabindra Bharati University. He is a gold medalist from the same University. His works mostly deal with Indian life, culture, and Indian and other folk traditions. He learned different mediums of visual art in his college days. The colors and lines of Ajanta's mural inspire him much. The book, 'vision and creation' by Acharya Nandalal Bose also inspires him. He collects folk objects from different cultures and he uses those in his paintings in a very mystic way.
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Chhatrapati Dutta was born in 1964 in Kolkata. Chhatrapati Dutta is a professionally skilled multimedia artist. In 1987 he completed his Bachelor in Visual Arts from the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata. In 1988 he did his post-graduation from the University of Athens, Greece. He completed his Masters's in Fine Arts from Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan. Soon Dutta mastered the art of painting on the reverse side. His practice explores the issues of post-colonial India, such as the rising consumerist culture of a developing nation through the lens of the city of Kolkata. He always employs subtle colors and textures to articulate complex symbols and moods and is influenced by myriad sources. The artist is presently a lecturer at the Faculty of Visual Arts at the Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkata.
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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.

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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.
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