With the advent of Bengal Renaissance changes occurred in every sphere of the society. This change was also reflected in the field of art and culture . The artists’ thoughts and expressions had a wider spectrum and there was more scope for experimentation. This was a new era in Indian Art. This environment of cultural and artistic experimentation gave rise to many artists, each of whom are known for their work and contribution to Indian art even to this day. Lalu Prasad Shaw is one of the artists who has enriched our world with his works.
He could work in both the figurative and abstract style with equal ease and expertise. Breaking the conventional forms came just as easily to him as did staying within the structural norms. His work can be considered as a documentation of the people’s struggles, joys, their lifestyles and the relationship between the Babus and their Bibis or wives. His simplistic images with very strong lines represents the art of Bengal. Lalu Prasad’s interests in trying out new forms and openness to experimentation goes back a long way . His urge for trying something new inspired him to give ‘life’ to the characters of his paintings and see them in different forms – the sculptures. While working on Babu- Bibi sculptures he was quiet cautious about not letting them look like dolls and the simplistic characteristics of his paintings must be captured in every way in the three- dimensional form and not be less than his original work. With skilled precision in his artistry, he has succeeded in capturing their opulence, egotist and lethargic nature. The perfect blend of his fine artistic expression and expert skill can be seen in his sculptures and this will remain an asset for Indian Art for time immemorial.