Vidya Bharati Alumni pays homage to Jamini Roy, one of the most famous pupils of Abanindranath Tagore, honored with Padma Bhushan, who brought back the glory of Indian art through his paintings, on His Birth Anniversary.
Jamini Roy started off his career as a portrait painter. It was in the year 1925 that he heard his true calling outside the famous Kalighat temple in Calcutta. After observing a few Kalighat paintings, displayed outside the temple, Jamini instinctively knew what his preference and interest was, when it came to art.
He knew that the Bengali folk art could be used as a way to simplify and portray the lives of common people; to make his art accessible to all; to bring back the glory of Indian art. In 1938, his art works became the first Indian paintings to be displayed at a British-ruled street in Calcutta. In the following years, his works were exhibited at prestigious shows in places like London and New York City.
His 1946 masterpiece ‘Ramayana’ is his magnum opus is a series of paintings portrayed across 17 canvases. Jamini Roy’s art works have been displayed in museums all over the world including Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
In remembrance of Jamini Roy and as a support toward the nation, let us join the Vidya Bharati Alumni Network.