The creator of the “Indian Society of Oriental Art” and the principal artist, Abanindranath Tagore was born on 7th August 1871. He was the first major exponent of Swadeshi values in Indian Art, thereby founding the influential Bengal School of art, which led to the development of modern Indian painting.
The earlier training as an artist of Abanindranath was under two European teachers working in the then Calcutta Art School.
He was also a noted writer, particularly for children. His Books Rajkahini, Budo Angla, and Khirer Putul are landmarks in Bengali language children’s literature. Tagore taught in art school under the British Raj and developed the Indian style of painting, later known as Bengal school of Art.
To honour this great artist Indian post has issued commemorative postage stamp depicting one of his creations. The painting was chosen for the purpose entitled “Abhisarika”. To illustrate a verse in Kalidasa’s Ritu Samhara.
The lady in the picture dressed in a Sari with pleated folds and transparent scarf revealing a fair complexion denotes sensuous beauty. The evocative gestures, mood and the elegant pose suggest gentle movement and subtle restlessness.
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