Kolkata and art are inseparable. Walk the streets of Kolkata, even the man on the street knows quite a bit on the finest aspects of fine art. No wonder then that artists are born and bred in the City of Joy.
Walk the compound of Nandan theatre. Pass the entrance of Government Art College. One would watch with wonder the priceless work created by the city's artists, exhibited or sold on the footpath at unbelievable prices.
First hand experience says there are so many potential artists like Nandalal Bose, Ramkinkar Beij, Bikhash Bhattacharya, Sanjay Bhattacharya, Samir Sarkar, Ganesh Pyne, Jogen Sarkar or even MF Hussain among these passionate Young artists of the City of Joy.
From Oriental Art of the Ajanta Caves, brought to the fore by Nandalal Bose, Abanindranath and Gaganendranath Tagore, to landscapes of Binod Behari Mukherjee style, to the creators of Occidental style realistic portraits, naturalistic, surrealistic, modern and post-modern art, even Cubism, one would find it all in the arena of little known Kolkata artists and their creations.
Both painters and creators, do they deserve to die a withering rose? Definitely not.
Talent deserves recognition, appreciation and its monetary value can never be undermined.This is where we need to focus on, this is why we are here.