M.C Thakur

M.C Thakur

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M.C Thakur, an Indian artist, was born in 1925 in Noakhali, undivided Bengal now known as Bangladesh. Raised in a family which had great Hindu Saints till 18th century , his artistic aspirations encountered roadblocks at the onset of his childhood. His zeal and passion for painting was looked down upon by his father who was a freedom fighter against the imperialism and did not appreciate art at a time when freedom struggle was going on all over India. But because of his creative in born zeal and looking for quiet surroundings it would often take him to jungles and the river banks on the way back from school, quietly making paintings with whatever means he could accumulate, for example using herbal colors from nature using his own creative abilities. He would often paint at dead of night to escape his father's wrath. Amidst in the turmoil of Freedom movement of India, he moved to Calcutta in 1938. He was an aluminous of Govt. School of Fine arts in Calcutta. He belonged to the Bengal school of art and was a contemporary painter . When he was working as an artist in Calcutta, he was deeply inspired by Jamini Roy and worked under him. He also closely followed Nandlal Bose, the Principal of Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan. The Santhal tribe of Bengal with special reference to Bolepur, Shantiniketan finds a place of prominence in his work. In Bengal the Santhals and Bengalis have resided together for ages. Exchanges were occurred in all fronts and it is interesting that he observed these interactions in the field of Art.. It traversed in the field of art as well which was aptly highlighted by the artist in few of his remarkable masterpieces. He was an ardent follower ofhttp://www.poemhunter.com/rabindranath-tagore and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paintings_of_Abanindranath_Tagore. He got also inspired by artfrom Japan. He made a painting on Batik of two monkey's expression,' the painting depicts how two different monkeys can react differently and different character in nature, one is over reacting to something he is seeing and the other one is quietly observing and thoughtful. Which was purely inspired by Japanese tradition of Art and Culture, for the particular painting he was awarded the President medal for the same by Government of India. The Lucid form of storytelling of the village life is etched out in his creations, matching the art work of other great contemporaries of his time.



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