A Tribute to Jamini Roy on His 50th Death Anniversary From Sutanuti Boimela Committee

11 Jun

The Sutanuti Boimela Committee of Rajballavpara paid their tribute to Jamini Roy by publishing a scholarly volume entitled Jamini Roy : Shradharghya in which most of the essays are in Bengali. The book will make everyone curious about the painting art of this artist on his 50th death anniversary. Jamini  Roy died fifty years ago. In 2012 , there could be lot of celebrations  in honour of this renowned painter who never left his Indian values . He never allowed himself to be swayed by the Western ideas of painting. Jamini Roy is among the most significant  and influential  Indian painters and artists  of the 20th century . He enjoyed a great deal of respect  and fame during his lifetime. On the 50th death anniversary of this great artist , Sutanuti Boimela committee published an anthology of critical essays  Jamini Roy : Sradharghya on the great painter to focus on the kaleidoscopic personality of the man and for analyzing varied aspects of his art. Some of the essays revealed Jamini Roy’s personal ideas on art of painting in general and also on sculptures. Jamini Roy had scanty respect for the Indian miniatures  and the frescoes of  Ajanta and Konark temple. He also did not show much enthusiasm about Tagore’s art of painting. In one of the essays it is discussed how Buddhadeb Basu, Sudhindranath Datta  and Bishnu Dey introduced him to the international art scene. Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay and Sankha Ghosh also wrote essays in this volume. The great attraction of this book is the accommodation of pictures of Jamini Roy some of which are rare pieces of art.

There were not a plethora of books before this anthology dealing with the aspects of his art of painting of  Jamini Roy. In 1988, the book Ruptapas Jamini Roy written by Prasanta and published by Prativash  consists of a collection of essays on Jamini Roy’s life and art by poets , journalists , art critic and historians of today and the previous days. The minute  analysis  shows  the history of the artist’s long and amazing  evolution  of artistic  thoughts . There are six  pictures  and twenty six paintings by the artist himself and the others. The other book Jamini Roy published by R.Chatterjee , Secretary, Lalit Kala Academy , New Delhi, in 1973 dealt with the work of modern Inidan artists’ endeavour  to bring to the public at lost the art of our own time. There are several pictures  drawn by the artist himself . Besides , there are the short life story of the artist, his style , and his thoughts around art. Bishnu De’s book Jamini Roy published by Asha Prakashani in 1977 unveiled  the historical evolution of the art and the artistic thoughts of the  great artist of modern time , Jamini Roy .We can get a clear idea about the artist’s philosophy of life , his personalit , his style  of vernacular  speaking from the various letters to the author. Jamini Roy widely regarded as one of the most important  Indian artists of our times drew inspiration not from any Western model but from the folk traditons of Bengal, from the Kalighat pat in particular. Born in Bankura , on the first day of Baishakh , 1280 (April 11, 1887) , he had in his mind the native values of his own village Beletor which he regarded as the epitome of Indianism. He was not much interested in  studying   the venerated  Indian miniatures , and even the frescoes of  Ajanta  and the Konark Temple . He even had the idea that Tagore painted in a pure Western manner and felt that Tagore  appplied pigments and through his sheer powers of imagination used the lines. But the slim anthology published by Sutantuti Boimela Committee of Rajballavpara is a very much informative book .

Jamini Roy  was a path breaking artist and this aspect was earlier  highlighted in the book Jamini Roy , Bengali Artist of Modern India published in 1997 by Samuel P. Harn. But in the present anthology  the focus is on the deceptive simplicity of Jamini Roy’s art.The greatness of his innovative art cannot be ignored. On the 50th death anniversary of the artist , there is no stir in the cultural ambience of Kolkata. The small book may not be an elaborate and profound exploration of his  painting , but it is undoubtedly a great tribute to the great painter


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