In that era when the world was busy drawing inspiration from the Western art, Jamini Roy took the first brave step towards exploring the beauty of Indian art form. Jamini Roy realised his passion towards art at a very tender age and hence took admission in the prestigious Art College. He is one of the most notable modernist of the 20th century under whose leadership Indian fine arts attained a new height.


This rebel artist though trained in western genre of landscape as well as studio portraits under the valued guidance of Abanindranath Tagore took a big leap towards discovering the folk art of India. He despised canvas painting and painted with fluid brushwork on mill made paper and even tried his hands at making dyes from commonly available indigenous goods.


Discussion about this magnificent painter will remain incomplete if his source of motivation is not talked about. Kalighat temple paintings mesmerised this budding talent and it is under the deep influence of Kalighat pata tradition that he took to his own art form, in which they became its fundamental visual-linguistic cog.


His motif behind specialising on Indian art was strongly backed by three logic—First to portray the simplicity of the life of the commoners, second to allow each and every one to access his art and relate to it and lastly to fetch Indian art it’s deserving glory.


Deeply influenced by Gandhiji’s Satyagraha movement and Abanindranath’s patriotism, Jamini Roy resorted to the idyllic rural life and picked his themes from the rural ethos.  Patachitra, terracotta work, folk toys, wooden patas—all became a subject of his art. The tribal life of the Santhals and Bishnupur terracotta work art deeply affected his ingenuity. He divulged that his early life in the forested area of Beliatore is what motivated his “cat series” paintings.


Padma Bhusan winner, Jamini Roy’s signature style is easily distinguishable from his contemporaries. Big almond shaped eyes, curvilinear figurines, prominent outline and finely drawn round faces added uniqueness to his spectacular work. Indian art will always remain indebted to this magnanimous persona for his marked altruistic involvement.