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.
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.
ABOUT MANU DAS’S WORK
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.
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.