3-week long exhibition on original paintings of Jamini Roy
Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) along with state Information and Cultural Affairs department and Charukala Parishad will organise a three-week long exhibition of the original paintings of Jamini Roy at Nazrul Tirtha.
The exhibition will be inaugurated by the state Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim in presence of noted artiste and Trinamool Congress MP Jogen Chowdhury on August 8 which according to the Bengali calendar is the 22nd day of the month of Shravana, the death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
A committee was set up to select 50 paintings of Roy which will be on display. A catalogue will be published on the occasion. The family members of Roy will be present at the opening function. It is after many years when Roy's original paintings will be on display. A documentary on the artiste's life will be shown at the exhibition.
Roy (1887-1972) had received Padma Bhusan in 1954. He was a student of the Government College of Art and Craft between 1903 and 08. His famous art works include Gopini, a bride with two companions and Santhal dance.
His distinctive style is all the more unique that though he was trained in Western classical style of painting, he chose to develop his own style as an artiste by returning to his roots. He is famous for his dazzling portrayal of India's folk culture and rural ethos.
It was also known that the pillars of the proposed New Town-Garia Metro stations will be painted with some of the works of Jamini Roy.
Inspired by the simple beauty of Kalighat paintings, he shifted his focus to rural India, especially, the Santhal tribal culture of Bengal. He abandoned the use to Western paints and began using natural minerals and vegetable based pigments made from alluvial mud, seeds, powdered rocks, flowers and indigo.