Kshitindranath Majumdar

Kshitindranath Majumdar was born in the year 1891
in West Bengal. After completing his schooling
Nimtita in Murshidabad district of West Bengal he
joined the Government School of Art in Kolkata in
1905, where he studied under the tutelage of
Abanindranath Tagore. In most of his drawings and
paintings, Majumdar sought inspiration from
mythological and religious subjects. He was greatly
influenced by Sri Chaitanya’s Vaisnavism, as well as
Abanindranath Tagore’s revivalist movement.

Often referred to as a saint-artist, he constituted art
as a form of devotion. He was also a trained singer
and interpreted religious parable from Indian epics
and Puranas. In 1912, Kshitindranath Majumdar,
along with Nandalal Bose, took over the onus of
teaching at the Society which continued till 1930. At
Santiniketan too, Majumdar engaged himself with
teaching while implementing the artistic and aesthetic
principles inherited from his mentor. Following
Abanindranath Tagore’s delicate, romantic style
observed in his watercolour wash works, Majumdar
invented and accoutrements for his characters which
had a similar treatment observed in the fresco art of
Ajanta and Rajput paintings.

He was the art teacher and principal of the school at
the Society of Oriental Arts, Calcutta for 18 years and
then he went to Allahabad University in 1942 as the
president of the art department. There he taught till
his retirement till 1964.;

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