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Ramananda Bandyopadhyay

(b. 1936) Ramananda Bandyopadhyay was born in 1936 in Birbhum, West Bengal. He graduated in Fine Arts from Kala Bhavan Santiniketan in 1957 under the guidance of Nandalal Bose, his mentor. A representative of the Bengal School of Art, his work successfully recreates the innocence, simplicity, and grace of a bygone era, inspired by the simplicity and uncomplicated lives of the rustics. Notable is his palette predominantly of red, brown, and greens inspired by his mother's addiction to paan. He paints subjects based on Indian mythology and literature, such as Hindu Gods and Goddesses, drawing on India's old and rich cultural legacy. However, while being inspired by mythology and culture, his paintings combine tradition and modernity, combining the best of both worlds and transforming the mundane into images of tranquility and beauty. A recipient of four National Academy Awards, Lait Kala Akademi, New Delhi for the years: 1961, 1972, 1978 & 1980, Ramananda also received the Abanindranath Puraskar award from the Government of West Bengal in 2000. He participated in numerous shows across India and abroad throughout his career, notably in Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan (1969), the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata (1971, 1975, 1981 & 1986), All India Fine Arts and Craft Society, New Delhi (1972). A retrospective exhibition of his works at the Academy of Fine Arts Kolkata was shown in 2003. The artist lives and works in Kolkata.

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