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Devi Prasad Roy Chowdhury

(1899 - 1975) Born in 1899 in Rangpur, Bangladesh. Devi Prasad Roy Chowdhary was one of the most renowned artists and art administrators of the twentieth century. He got his art knowledge from an Italian painter, Voiess, during the initial years of his career and later he became a disciple of Abanindranath Tagore. His collection of famous paintings includes Sharad Pratima, Jeevan Sandhya and Gadi among others. Initially he worked as a painter and later found his interest in working with bronze and learned sculpture techniques from artist, Hiron Moy Chowdhury. He was the first modern artist from Bengal who worked with bronze and the ‘Triumph of Labour’ in Delhi is one of his well-known masterpieces. He was the director of the States School of Arts and Craft, Madras from 1928-1958 and President of the National Academy of Art from the year 1954-1960. He passed away in 1975.