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Masterworks of an Unsung Artist

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This exhibition presents some of the important works of Panchugopal Dutta (b. 2 August 1939, Mymensingh, Bangladesh, d. 6 January 2015, Purulia, India) who was an important painter and sculptor from the Bengal School of Art. He received Commercial Art training from Fulia Polytechnic (Nadia, West Bengal, India) in 1958. Following that, he received his Diploma in Fine Arts from the Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship in 1966. A pupil of Ramananda Bandyopadhyay, Panchugopal Dutta is known for his \"Bengali style\" of painting. He became the principal instructor of fine arts department at the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith located in Purulia, West Bengal, India where he served for well over three decades. His classic works include scenes from folk life in India, gods and goddesses, mendicants, women and of various human conditions. His work is deeply inspired by the life and works of swami vivekananda, ramakrishna paramhansa, chaitanya mahaprabhu and the like. His works are displayed on museum walls along with the works of stalwarts like Abanindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Kshama Gupta, Nandalal Basu, Ashit Kumar Halder, Sunayani Devi, Chitraniva Choudhury and the like. His works are often characterized by their geometrical complexity, symmetry and symbolism.

1/31. The Wedlock by Panchugopal Dutta | 263 views
Painting - Watercolor on Canvas , 36 inch x 24 inch

A Bengali Hindu wedding ritual in which puffed rice is offered to Agni, the god of fire. As with many ancient religions, the Hindus consider fire as the source of life. Here the God of fire is held as witness to the wedlock.

The Wedlock
2/31. Tathagata Buddha  (1972)   by Panchugopal Dutta | 220 views
Painting - Watercolor on Markin Cloth , 36 inch x 24 inch

'Tathagata' (1972) meaning Buddha is a watercolor on Markin cloth painting by Panchugopal Dutta. The ivory color of Buddha relates to the ivory color of the tusk of the white elephant Buddha's mother queen Maya had before he was conceived. The painting also depicts the full moon (Buddha Purnima) of the night he was born in Lumbini and the Pipul tree (Ficus religiosa or sacred fig, Bodhibrikkha) under which he attained Nirvana.

Tathagata Buddha
3/31. Evening Prayers by Panchugopal Dutta | 269 views
Painting - Watercolor on Canvas , 36 inch x 24 inch

A woman carries flowers and water as offerings to the local shrine. The rural setting of country side Bengal is evident in the mud thatched huts with hay straw roofs.

Evening Prayers
4/31. Chaitanya by Panchugopal Dutta | 334 views
Painting - Watercolor on Canvas , 36 inch x 24 inch

Chaitanya and the foot prints of Vishnu in Puri.

5/31. Maternal Affection by Panchugopal Dutta | 275 views
Painting - Watercolor on Canvas , 36 inch x 22 inch

A painting depicting a mother's love.

Maternal Affection
6/31. Dusk by Panchugopal Dutta | 188 views
Painting - Watercolor on Canvas , 36 inch x 24 inch

Dusk draws in on an autumn evening. A crescent moon adorns the silent sky that reflects the red hue of the landscape below. A bird sits on a treetop as a north star shines above. The trees are adorned with golden yellow dry leaves that perhaps rustle in the evening breeze. It is a study of a common yet contemplative moment of a day. The dusk of a day is significant in the same scale as the dusk of ones mortal existence.

7/31. Valmiki's Verse by Panchugopal Dutta | 281 views
Painting - Watercolor on Canvas , 36 inch x 24 inch

[Source - Wiki] Vālmīki was going to the river Ganges for his daily ablutions. A disciple by the name Bharadvāja was carrying his clothes. On the way, they came across the Tamasa Stream. Looking at the stream, Vālmīki said to his disciple, "Look, how clear is this water, like the mind of a good man! I will bathe here today." When he was looking for a suitable place to step into the stream, he saw a crane couple mating. Vālmīki felt very pleased on seeing the happy birds. Suddenly, hit by an arrow, the male bird died on the spot. Filled by sorrow, its mate screamed in agony and died of shock. Vālmīki's heart melted at this pitiful sight. He looked around to find out who had shot the bird. He saw a hunter with a bow and arrows, nearby. Vālmīki became very angry. His lips opened and he cried out, mā niṣāda pratiṣṭhāṁ tvamagamaḥ śāśvatīḥ samāḥ yat krauńcamithunādekam avadhīḥ kāmamohitam You will find no rest for the long years of Eternity For you killed a bird in love and unsuspecting

8/31. Baul by Panchugopal Dutta | 296 views
Painting - Watercolor on Canvas , 36 inch x 24 inch

[Source - Wikipedia] The Baul (Bengali: বাউল) are a group of mystic minstrels from Bengal which includes Indian State of West Bengal and the country of Bangladesh. Bauls constitute both a syncretic religious sect and a musical tradition. Bauls are a very heterogeneous group, with many sects, but their membership mainly consists of Vaishnava Hindus and Sufi Muslims. They can often be identified by their distinctive clothes and musical instruments. Not much is known of their origin. Lalon Fokir is regarded as the most important poet-practitioner of the Baul tradition. Baul music had a great influence on Rabindranath Tagore's poetry and on his music (Rabindra Sangeet).

9/31. Durga  (1975)   by Panchugopal Dutta | 191 views
Painting - Watercolor on Canvas , 36 inch x 24 inch

A painting of Durga.

10/31. Akal Bodhon  (1972)   by Panchugopal Dutta | 237 views
Painting - Watercolor on Markin Cloth on Brown paper (Framed) , 36 inch x 24 inch

A symbolic representation of the Hindu God Rama (ref. Indian Mythology, Indian epic, The Ramayana).

Akal Bodhon

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