Amritam Das

Amritam Das (b.1982 in Murshidabad) earned his post-graduation and graduation degrees in Painting from Tagore’s institute of art, Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan. His works reflect a mesh of natural motifs.

Aritram’s fascination for the organic emerges prominently in his current body of work. Well defined forms play with each other along the surface. The constrained contour leads to an ambiguous space. His forms appear ephemeral, yet they surpass the moment. Amritam manages to work with such semi-abstract motifs which seldom remain abstruse but reveal hidden signs when scrutinized. Nature’s abundance and its trivialities are echoed in his paintings.



Sanjoy Patra (b.1974) completed BFA and MFA in Painting from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati. Santiniketan. He received many awards and scholarships: the  Academy Award from  Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata (1996, 1997, Best Exhibit); the Governor Awards from Academy of Fine Arts (All India Annual Exhibition) – 2005; National Scholarship from HRD Centre in Delhi 1998 – 1999; and  Visva Bharati Scholarship from Visva Bharati, Santiniketan 1998 – 2002. He also participated in many shows and workshops:  group exhibition at Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata in 2005; group exhibition of “Young Contemporaries-2007” in Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata, curated by Jogen Chowdhury; National Exhibition in Delhi in 2005, Visva Bharati Student and Teacher Workshop “Samhita” in 2002; and national level Seminar cum Workshop, Delhi College of Art, Delhi – 2003, 2004. Sanjoy lives and works in Delhi.


Prof. Santanu Bhattacharya (b.1944) was Professor in the Printmaking Department of Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan till 2007. Despite certain physical challenges, Prof. Bhattacharya exhibits his multiple aptitudes in pictorial arts. His keen interest in folk rituals and motifs and especially in Bengali floor decorations (alpona) are often reflected in his works. The rustic life is his inspiration. Thus mythological narration recurs as a thematic preference. His spirit is that of a modern artist who does not reject tradition but assimilates it to arrive at a new genre. The icons he paints no longer boast about their divinity; rather they come close to the mundane world. At times he arrives at a highly sophisticated stylistic rendition where bold lines dominate the construction. His landscapes give a panoramic view with commonly seen motifs.

Here are some of the works of Prof Santanu Bhattacharya’s that are with us, from the early days of his career.


Mantu Das (b.1985) is currently pursuing his MFA in Painting (final year) from Kala Bhavana,Visva Bharati,Santiniketan. He has participated in many shows in India and abroad. A young, brilliant talent, Mantu is essentially a narrator in visuals.


This early work of Mantu showcases a noisy cityscape seen as a sort of top view. The buildings are clustered units receding into the horizon. It depicts the modern urban drama where an overpopulated city breathes along with its shanty inhabitants. He emphasizes the cracks in the wall which are overburdened by the pressures of everyday life. He captures a melancholic/nostalgic view of the city where people struggle with their dreams and despairs.


SHABARI SMITHA NATH (b. 1978) received her Bachelor’s Degree in Painting from JNTU, Hyderabad and her Master’s Degree in Printmaking from Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan. She received the Gold Medal from JNTU for outstanding achievement in Painting. Nath’s works are full of texture and she loves to play with ambiguous spaces. Chances of accidents are relished at several points and incorporated into the image. She works with a few identifiable images and leaves her composition to an abrupt fate. She uses texts to enrich her surface and even uses random objects as motifs. These objects are transformed through the image and lose their associative context. They complement each other in the total design. There is a strong sense of displacement and a stronger urge of discovery. As a favourite object, the key appears in several prints. The key serves as an indicator to unrevealed secrets. Her lithographs are contrastingly colourful whereas the etchings have a muted colour scheme.
She is our Artist of The Month for September on the Early Works Art Gallery. See all her exhibited works in our Gallery section under Artists.

Some of our Artist of The Month’s works are exhibited here. For a look at our complete collection of her art, please visit our website.


MRINAL DEY (b. 1979) is a Master’s in Painting from Kala Sangeet University, Khairagarh. He is the recipient of the 2010 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the 2008 Canada Greenshields Foundation Grant. He has also been offered the China Government scholarship by the Ministry of HRD, Govt of India. Dey works in several idioms. The available body of his works displays a few oil pastel portraits and some drawings executed with a ball point pen. His portraits are drawn against a surface of polychromic texture.

Mrinal Dey’s works appear jubilant, mournful, serene and contemplative all at the same time. The black sinuous lines help the image to emerge out of the void. The colour textures suggest both the raiment and the skin. Dark black hatchings create a visual unrest. On the other hand in the ‘Desire’ series, Dey creates a different sensation altogether. There is a duality at play. The sublime erotica functions through metaphors. The painstakingly created marks build the image. Desire becomes synonymous with affliction. Open wounds are cherished here. The sensual floral motif constantly refers to unspoken pleasures.


Mrinmoy Deb Barma (b.1982) received his MFA and BFA degrees in Painting from Kala Bhavana Visva Bharati, Santiniketan. He further received a Post Diploma in Paris on Erasmus Course. Deb Barma originally hails from Tripura, one of the troubled states of North East India, where issues of social and political violence have disrupted peace. Mrinmoy’s attempt is to subvert the mechanism of actual violence. Thus he refers to the unreal spaces of cartoons and comics where the potential violence is powerful but suppressed. He mocks such a celebration of violence. The new age entertainment tools and popular media constantly promote violent gestures packaged enticingly. His images are not disturbing but speak of the upheaval. He constantly questions the reasons and investigates those responsible for such acts. His concern with violence primarily engages with the global politics of power mechanisms, where the weak is devoured by the strong.

Mrinmoy painting 1

Mrinmoy painting 2

Mrinmoy painting 3



Sajal Kaity (b.1978) received his graduate Degree in Painting from Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan and post-graduate Degree in the same discipline from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. He also received the National Scholarship from the Ministry of Tourism & Culture. His creative art wears are a perfect match for any festive occasion. He uses several of Bengal’s colonial and contemporary cultural motifs and renders them with his signature style. The City of Joy and its famous historical places get reflected in his art wear. From Victoria Memorial, Raj Bhavan, Dakhsineshwar Kali Mandir to Rabindranath and Durga Puja, Bengal’s cultural icons find justice in his hands. Kaity uses a bright palette and balances it to add a festive feel to his creations.
Sajal has also been experimenting with identity in his large works where aspects of identification stand in for the person that is being identified. In his interview with EWAG (featured in our facebook page earlier this month) he talks about how it would have been better to keep the identification markers and the subject of identification separate – because there is a lot of emotional ballast that makes up a person, which does not translate to the markers used by modern equipment (like thumbprints and passport photos for instance).
Sajal Kaity is slated to have several exhibitions in Europe later this year – in Hungary, Switzerland and France and is busy preparing for this opening that is sure to auger well for this talented artist.