Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan
|Director||R. Siva Kumar|
Kala Bhavana (Institute of Fine Arts) is a noted institution of education and research in visual arts, founded in 1919, it is the fine arts faculty of the Visva-Bharati University, Shantiniketan, established by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
Upon its establishment in 1919, Tagore invited noted painter Nandalal Bose, and disciple of Abanindranath Tagore, the founder of Bengal school of art movement, to become first principal of the institution. In the coming years stalwarts like Benode Behari Mukherjee and Ramkinkar Baij became associated with college, and in time gave a new direction not just to the institution but also to the modern Indian painting.
The college also has an art museum exhibiting sculptures, frescoes and murals and a library of art books. Present head of the institution is art historian and curator R. Siva Kumar, who has been in the art history faculty since 1981.
In 2011, to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Rabindra Chitravali was released, the four-volume set covered masters' painting oeuvre consisting of 1,600 paintings, from Rabindra Bhavan (another institution of the university) and Kala Bhavan collection, along with 200 paintings from other institutions across India.
- Ramkinkar Baij, sculptor and painter
- Ramananda Bandopadhyay studied here 1940-41, under Benode Behari Mukherjee, and later made a noted documentary on his teacher, The Inner Eye (1972).
- Jayasri Burman, painter
- Shayan Chowdhury Arnob, musician
- R. Siva Kumar, art historian, art critic and curator.
- A. Ramachandran, painter
- Beohar Rammanohar Sinha, painter
- Satyajit Ray, film director
- Krishna Reddy, master printmaker at Atelier 17 and sculptor, studied here prior to 1949.
- K. G. Subramanyan, painter
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