Biman Bihari Das

Biman Bihari Das is an Indian sculptor and former Principal of the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata. He was honoured by the Government of India, in 2014, by bestowing on him the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his services to the field of Fine Arts.[1]

Biman Bihari Das
The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Prof. Biman Bihari Das, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on March 31, 2014.jpg
he President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Prof. Biman Bihari Das, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on March 31, 2014.
Born (1943-01-01) 1 January 1943 (age 77)
Tamluk, West Bengal, India
OccupationSculptor & painter
Spouse(s)Archana Das, PhD
ChildrenAlekhya Das, PhD
Parent(s)(late) Gour Chandra Das (father) & (late) Snehalata Das (mother)
AwardsPadma Shri
Prof. S. N. Ghosal Award
Education Secretary Award
All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award
Sir Ushanath Sen Memorial Medal
Punjab Lalit Kala Academy Award
Lalit Kala Akademi Award
D. P. Roychowdhury Memorial Medal
AIFACS Award
Sahitya Kala Parishad Award
Birla Academy of Art and Culture Award
Websitebimanbdas.com

BiographyEdit

Biman Bihari Das was born on 1 January 1943,[2] at Tamluk town of West Bengal, in India.[3] He studied art at the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata and passed the Diploma in Modeling and Sculpture, in 1966,[4] with first class and distinction. Later, he joined Calcutta University and passed the course of Teachers' Training and Art Appreciation in 1967.[3]

Bihari Das received a Fulbright Fellowship from the US[4] and UGC grant under the Indo-Hungarian cultural exchange program, based in Budapest, for pursuing his art career.[2] He, later, became the principal of the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata[3] but later moved to New Delhi, to take up the post of the principal of the College of Art, Delhi.[4] He has also served as the vice president of the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society.[2]

Das lives an active life with constant interaction with the Indian art scene.[5]

ExhibitionsEdit

 
The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Prof. Biman Bihari Das, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi 31 March 2014

Das has held exhibitions, both solo and group, in many parts of the world.[4] His solo exhibitions, more than 22 in number, have been staged at places like New Jersey, Cairo and Budapest, apart from many cities in India. He had a retrospective in the National Exhibition of Art of 2005, at Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi, which was sponsored by Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata. He was also one of the artist participants of the Silver Jubilee exhibitions of Lalit Kala Akademi, organized at many European and Middle East countries, along with Salarjung Museum, Hyderabad and Mumbai.[4] Some of his notable exhibitions were:[4] Biennale Belgium – 1974,[2] Triennale India – 1978, Second Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Japan – 1986,[2] Biennale Bangladesh, Dhaka – 1987, Contemporary Asian Show, Seoul – 1988, and India Festival in USSR, Moscow – 1988.[2]

Awards and recognitionsEdit

Biman Bihari Das was honoured by the Government of India by awarding him the Padma Shri, in 2014, in recognition of his efforts to the cause of art.[1][6] He has also received several other awards such as:

A scholarship has been instituted in the honour of Das, as an encouragement to the upcoming artists.[7] His sculpture of Jawaharlal Nehru has been commissioned at the Indian Commission office at Singapore.[8] He also has sculptures installed at:[4]

The Open Sculpture Park at Kalagram, Sector 13, Chandigarh also has a rock sculpture by Das.[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Padma Awards Announced". Circular. Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 25 January 2014. Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Samanvaiart". Samanvaiart.com. 2014. Archived from the original on 25 September 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "India Mart bio". India Mart. 2014. Archived from the original on 25 September 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Indian Art Circle". Indian Art Circle.com. 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Tribune". Tribune. 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Receiving the Padma Shri". V6 News TV. 2012. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Scholarship". Urlhapool. 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  8. ^ "High Commission of India" (PDF). High Commission of India. 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Rabindranath Tagore Centre". Rabindranath Tagore Centre. 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Sculpture Park". Sunday Guardian. Retrieved 25 September 2014.

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