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  Paritosh Sen (1918 - 2008)

Well known Indian artist Paritosh Sen was born in 1918 in Dhaka, now the capital of Bangladesh. After matriculation in 1935 he enetered into the Government School of Arts and Crafts in Chennai, India, to study under the tutelage of its Principal, the famous sculptor Debiprasad Raychaudhury. After graduating in 1940, Paritosh Sen served as a fculty in the Dally College, Indore. In 1949, he went to Europe. He spent five years in Paris--during this time his works were displayed in solo exhibitions in Paris, and later in Brussels. Later, he visited France in 1961 and 1969, and USA in 1970 on a John. D. Rockefeller grant. He held a solo exhibition in Moscow in 1979. He was a Visiting Professor in the Maryland Institute of Arts, Baltimore, during 1981-82 when he also presented lectures on the contemporary arts of India in several universities and art institutes in USA. He retired in 1979 after a long tenure as Professor in the Institute of Printing Technology, Jadavpur. For over six decades, Paritosh Sen has made important contributions in contemporray Indian paintings.

Not as well known are his works in creative writing. Zindabahar, his childhood memoir about Dhaka, is the first published volume which was quickly followed by three others: Amsundari o Anyanya Rachana, Alekhya Manjari, and Abu Simbel, Picasso, o Anyanya Tirtha. Besides these, many of his essays, in Bengali and English, have been published in many journals.

Published November, 2008

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