Jamini Roy – Stroke of the master’s brush

When we talk of art and culture of Bengal, the very essence of Bengal can be found in the works of eminent artist Jamini Roy. If we take a theme of Bengal for decorating our home interiors, then nothing can be more apt than Jami Roy’s collection. One of his kinds, Jamini Roy was successful in bringing out the Bengal culture in his works. What makes his painting unique is the feature of extending the eyes of every portrait, often distinguished in the art discussions as ‘Jamini Roy Chokh’.  

Bengal means vibrant, fresh, traditions and a land that tells thousands of glorious stories of victory and love and valour. It is from those tales Jamini Roy derives the themes of his paintings. We may have come across the wall decorations in houses of Kolkata adorned by paintings of Radha Krishna, Durga Puja, tribal art etc; most of these paintings are of one style of this painter.

It is said that a pen is mightier than a sword, in his case it is the brush that he used to rebel against the British rule by rejecting the western style of art and adapting the style of our ‘jonmobhumi’. His portraits talk mostly about the common people. He painted scenes of daily life, domestic animals, rural life, religious practices and traditions. With the stroke of his brush he contributed the change during Bengal renaissance and also brought into action modern Indian art form.

On April 11th we may have come across the Google doodle in Google homepages, it is to celebrate the famous painter’s birthday. His paintings and works are now interwoven with the Bengal culture and art.  

Did You Know?

His woks were also influenced by the Kalighat Pat i.e., the Kalighat painting that uses a style of bold sweeping brush strokes; evident in his works.