Nirode Mazumdar

Nirode Majumdar was born in 1916 in Calcutta. He studied art at the Indian Society of Oriental Art under the tutelage of Kshitindranath Majumdar. Considering Nirode Majumdar’s teacher was himself Abanindranath Tagore’s student, the artist as a student had the opportunity to receive feedback from Tagore on multiple occasions. Upon completing his course Nirode Mazumdar was awarded the Norman Blount Memorial Award.

His art was deeply rooted with Bengali idioms and contextual fables, however he masterfully amalgamated European compositional methodology with his adopted indigenous format. He belonged to a crucial era and along with other seminal artists such as Subho Thakur, Pradosh Das Gupta, Rathin Maitra, Prakrishna Pal and Paritosh Sen he founded the Calcutta Group in 1943.

Nirode Majumdar’s first solo show took place in Calcutta in 1944 and was organised by the Calcutta Group. Nirode Mazumdar travelled to France on a government scholarship to study engraving at the academy of the French artist Andre Holland. In 1951, he participated in a group show held at the India House in London. He had a solo show at the Gallerie Barbizon in Paris. After living for a decade in Europe, he returned to Calcutta in 1967.

The artist passed away in the year 1982.;