The Collective Studio will be presenting
The Light within: Paintings of Rabindranath
An illustrated lecture by Indrapramit Roy
on Saturday the 19th of March 2011 at 6 pm
Venue: Surendran Nair's Studio
C-1 Oasis- Behind Essar Petrol Pump – Sama Savli Road - Baroda
RSVP -98240 69767
Synopsis of the presentation
Amongst all the creative fields that Rabindranath ventured in
with his Midas- touch, painting was the last. It is common
knowledge that he got started while graphically playing
with the marks and scratches in his manuscript and gave
them decorative shapes. These ‘doodles’ were a case of making
virtue out of defect.
His first attempts at painting were tentative and
full of self-doubt but very soon he was making
much more ambitious works. They included abstract
shapes, portraits, human figures, figure-groups with
architectural elements, landscapes, flora and fauna both
observed and fantastic. Rabindranath’s maturation from a
‘timorous amateur’ to a confident and sophisticated explorer
of the realm of the visual happened in a surprisingly short span of time.
Despite being an early champion of Raja Ravi Varma
and subsequently the Bengal school in his own works
Tagore kept studiously away from the trappings of both
literary content and the nationalistic concerns of his peers. His technique,
theme and approach were fresh, unsentimental, unorthodox and modern.
The presentation will delve into the specifics of these with the help of
Indrapramit Roy is an artist who currently teaches at the painting department in the Faculty of Fine Arts M.S University of Baroda. He studied printmaking (BFA) at the Visva-Bharati University of Santiniketan and painting (MFA) at the Faculty of Fine Arts of M.S. University of Baroda, India. Subsequently he was awarded the Inlaks Scholarship to study MA Painting (1990-92) at the Royal College of Art, London, which also included a term each at Cite des Arts, Paris and Hochschule der Kunst, Berlin. He has shown extensively in Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Bangalore and Chennai. He has 15 solo exhibitions and over 70 group shows to his credit. He also designs books. His illustrations include ‘Antigone’, ‘King Oedipus’, ‘Bacchae’ and ‘Hippolytus’: four retellings of Greek tragedies produced by Tara publishing, Chennai and published by the Getty Museum, Los Angeles. ‘Antigone’ won the best book design award in New York book fair, 2002 and ‘Bacchae’ got the Association of American Museum Publishers’ Award in 2005. ‘Hungry Lion’ published by Annick press, Canada won the Alcuin Award in 1998.