Kala Bhavana

Kala Bhavana
Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan
Established 1919
Director R. Siva Kumar
Location Shantiniketan
Affiliations Visva-Bharati University
Website Kala Bhavan

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]


Bachelors and master's degree in Fine arts Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Painting, Sculpture, Mural, Graphic Art (Print Making), Design (Textile/Ceramic) and History of Art.[5]

Notable faculty

Nandalal Bose, Ram Kinker Baij, A. K. Haldar,[6] Somnath Hore, K. G. Subramanyan, Beohar Rammanohar Sinha, R. Siva Kumar, Jogen Chowdhury and Surendranath Kar.[7]

Notable alumni

See also


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  2. Chaitanya, p. 219
  3. Ananya Vajpeyi (March 3, 2013). "ADVENTURES IN ARCADIA- Experiments with the life of the mind". The Telegraph. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
  4. "Tagore paintings glow on his 150th birth anniversary". Hindustan Times. May 10, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  5. "Visva-Bharati invites applications". The Hindu. Jun 16, 2008. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
  6. Haldar (1890-1964) - Visva Bharati Institute
  7. "Viswabharati University". Viswabharati University. 2015. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
  8. "Biography:At Shantiniketan". .satyajitray.org. Retrieved Mar 23, 2013.
  9. "Krishna Reddy and Atelier 17: A "New Form" Takes Shape". The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (The Met). October 18, 2016. Retrieved 2018-03-26.

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