Last November, state tourism minister Goutam Deb had informed the assembly that a process of evaluating a proposal to award heritage status to Jamini Roy’s ancestral house had begun. Not much progress has happened on that front yet, said Roy’s family. But on the artist’s 131st birth anniversary, the good news is that Rajya Charukala Parshad – a wing under the state Directorate of Culture – has come up with a plan to display some never-before-exhibited works of the master. If all goes well, the Parshad is all set to display 10 big-sized works of the artist. Approximately, 20,000 paintings and drawings of Roy are now available across the world. Among these, the Parshad has 272 in its collection. “There was a time when we didn’t have a proper storeroom. Layers of dust had accumulated on the paintings. During Mamata Banerjee’s regime, we have been able to overhaul the storage system,” said eminent artist Jogen Chowdhury, the chairman of the Rajya Charukala Parshad.
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