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Kolkata: Kala Bhavana to get 16ft-high artwork to mark centenary

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A massive installation will soon come up on the Kala Bhavana premises at Santiniketan. It’s actually a gift to Tagore’s dream art school that revolutionized the indigenous art movement. The year-long centenary celebrations of Kala Bhavana will end on November 30.

The installation has been designed and perfected by artist Jogen Chowdhury, one of the most celebrated teachers of Kala Bhavana. He joined in 1987, rose to become the principal of the art school and is its emeritus professor at present. “Kala Bhavana made me what I am. The air at Kala Bhavana inspires art and creativity. Tagore and his free art thoughts are infectious. So, as the centenary year of Kala Bhavana approached, I realized it was time for us to pay a tribute to this unique school. That’s when I planned this installation,” Chowdhury said.

It will be a metal cast mural, mostly in brass, which is 16 feet high and six feet wide. The artwork will be fitted at an elevated vantage point on the Nandan premises (named so after its beloved teacher Nandalal Bose, who was a student of Abanindranath Tagore and was invited by Tagore to take over Kala Bhavana as its first principal), informed Chowdhury.

He has prepared a design on an abstract theme and has “deep significance”. Chowdhury said the theme will be revealed at the time of its unveiling on November 30. With Nandan Mela, the extended celebrations will go on till December 3 — Bose’s birth anniversary. The four days are celebrated by the art school teachers and students as Nandan Mela, when they sit out in the open to draw and paint and sell them at throwaway prices.

“Such a big structure cannot be brought to life by a single person. It needs a massive collaborative effort of a large number of artists and I have involved a lot of students in this. Each has been an important cog in the installation,” Chowdhury said.


Source: Times of India

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