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The Life and Legacy of P.C Ray : an Indian Scientist who helped build a nation

In a world engulfed by the COVID-19 pandemic, when the leaders of several countries have called for national self-sufficiency, I am prodded to reflect upon the immortal philosophy and works of my...

“A Typical Shantiniketan Girl” and other identities of Rani Chanda

Rabindranath Tagore’s daughter-figure, Nandalal Bose’s student, Abanindranath Tagore’s co-painter, Mukul Dey’s sister, writer, nurse and a freedom fighter in her own right; Rani Chanda was an exception who carved out a niche...

#MuseumJigsaw : Arshilata Kantha of Bengal

There is an age old debate on ‘Beauty vs. Utility’ that involved the likes of the 18th c. philosopher Immanuel Kant. While utility appeals to our rational mind, beauty makes us feel...

In Paintings: the Battle of Plassey

The Battle of Plassey is a watershed moment in the history of India. Not only was it the first major victory of the East India Company , but it was also what...

The Master Sculptor of India: Ramkinkar Baij

Born into a poor barber's family in Bengal's Bankura district, Ramkinkar Baij is considered to be the "Father of Modern Indian sculpture”. His tryst with art began at a young age; he...

Art Tour : Shantiniketan

If you'd ask a Bengali, you'd find that Shantiniketan is not a place - it's a way of life.  As the name suggests, it is the "abode of peace",  and it's very ambience transports...

The Gazi Scroll of West Bengal

WHAT IS IT? Painted on paper, mounted on cotton, scrolls such as these were used as visual props in storytelling performances in India approximately around 1800 AD. Handprinted in Murshidabad, this scroll is around 13 meters in...
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