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8 Bengal Masters

Miracles of Existence
Soumik Nandy Majumdar, Photographs by Pradeep Dasgupta, Debanjan Das and Ashok Paliwal
Edited by Abhijit Lath

Published on the occasion of the show 8 Bengal Masters - Miracles of Existence, this book explores the post-colonial cultural context of Bengal which produced some of the finest artists of all times.

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Published on the occasion of the show 8 Bengal Masters - Miracles of Existence, this book explores the post-colonial cultural context of Bengal which produced some of the finest artists of all times.
Published on the occasion of the show 8 Bengal Masters - Miracles of Existence, this book explores the post-colonial cultural context of Bengal which produced some of the finest artists of all times. Focusing on eight eminent artists, it traces how they embarked on individual artistic journeys fostered by a renewed modernist search for an appropriate style in tandem with their responses to the contemporary situation. Preceded by international figures like Rabindranath Tagore, cross-cultural contacts with the modern European art and a fresh exploration into indigenous sensibilities heralded a whole new set of alternative aesthetic possibilities for these artists. Their works reflect a period of intense social and aesthetic transformations with a visible emphasis on the humanistic concerns and existential condition of che newly independent India. The eight artists showcased here redefined the quest for personal idiom not as a mere stylistic search but as the intimate and mutually transforming dialogue between individual and the world - both the social and natural. From this perspective, this book takes a fresh look at the works of these artists as some of the best examples of the socially-relevant liberating aesthetics of the post-40s modern Indian art.

Soumik Nandy Majumdar presently teaches at the Department of History of Art, Kala Bhavana, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan. He did his Graduation from the same deparment and Post-Graduation from Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University of Baroda with specialisation in History of Arts. His teaching areas majorly include Indian Traditional Arts, Modern European Arc and Chinese and Japanese Art. He is currently working on the Doctoral Thesis on 'Visual Perception as an essential tool of Art Education'. He writes regularly in both vernacular (Bengali) and English for various journals. He is especially interested in writing for the young and uninitiated readers.

• MESSAGE FROM ICCR
• PRESIDENT’S EDITORIAL
• FOREWORD
• CURATORIAL NOTE
• CURATORIAL NOTE
• ARTISTS
• Paritosh Sen
• Somnath Hore
• Meera Mukherjee
• Sarbari Roy Choudhury
• Sanat Kar
• Ganesh Haloi
• Ganesh Pyne
• Jogen Chowdhury
• CREDITS
• Acknowledgements
• ABOUT ICCR
Pages 120
Number of illustrations 98
Size 8.5 x 12" (216 x 305 mm), softcover with gatefold
Date of Publishing 2015
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin in association with Akar-Prakar, Kolkatta
Rights Available World rights
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