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Nandalal Bose (Bengali: নন্দলাল বসু) (December 3,1883April 16, 1966) was a noted Indianmarker painter. His paintings are considered among India's best modern paintings by many critics. He was influenced by the Tagore family and the murals of Ajantamarker, his classic works include paintings of scenes from Indianmarker mythologies, women, and village life.

Early life

Nandalal Bose was born in Biharmarker, India.

Career

Nandalal Bose as a young artist was deeply influenced by the murals of Ajanta, already part of a circle of artists and writers who sought to revive classical Indian culture.

To mark the 1930 occasion of Gandhi's arrest for protesting the British tax on salt, Bose created a black on white linocut print of Gandhi walking with a staff. It became the iconic image for the non-violent movement.

He was also famously asked by Jawaharlal Nehru to sketch the emblems for the Government of India’s awards, including the Bharat Ratna and the Padmashri.

His genius and original style were recognized by famous artists and art critics like Gaganendranath Tagore, Ananda Coomaraswamy and O.C.Ganguli. These lovers of art felt that objective criticism was necessary for the development of painting and founded the Indian Society of Oriental Art.

He became principal of the Kala Bhavan (Art Department) at Santiniketanmarker in 1922.

Students

Some of his illustrious students are Pratima Thakur, Benode Behari Mukherjee, Ramkinkar Baiz, Jahar Dasgupta and Sabita Thakur.

Honours and awards

Nandalal Bose was awarded a prize of Rs. 500 at the first art exhibition organized by it in 1908 CE for his painting Shiva-Sati. In 1956 CE, he became the second artist to be elected Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi, India's National Academy of Art.

Several universities conferred honorary Doctorates on him. Visvabharati University honored him by conferring on him the title of 'Deshikottama'.

In 1954 CE, Nandalal Bose himself received the award of 'Padma Vibhushan'. The Academy of Fine Arts in Calcutta honored Nandalal with the Silver Jubilee Medal. The Tagore Birth Centenary Medal was awarded to Nandalal Bose in 1965 CE by the Asiatic Society of Bengal.

References

  1. http://in.rediff.com/news/2008/jun/25paint.htm
  2. http://www.paramuspost.com/article.php/20080314111558184
  3. http://www.hindu.com/2008/03/15/stories/2008031556021400.htm


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