Nandalal Bose, an influential Indian painter belonging to the Bengal school of Art, was born on 3rd December 1882 in the Munger district of present day Bihar to a Bengali family. He studied at calcutta’s central collegiate school and married Sudhirdevi in 1902.
Though he was keen to formally learn art, his family was less than enthusiastic, and they was forced to study other subjects. They finally relented and allowed him to study art. In 1922, Nandalal was chosen by the poet Rabindranath Tagore to teach at Santiniketan’s kala Bhawan.
Nandalal told his students to look at the environment around them for inspiration and then create their artwork. He also stressed on the importance of being aware of India’s literarcy and classical heritage.
Nandalal’s decades of output is very diverse. Beside being a pioneering Indian modernist artist, his influence on modern Indian art was also amplified through the sources of students whom he taught. Nandalal Bose died on 16th April 1966 in calcutta.
- INDIA 121 BY KANIKA GAUTAM