05 DECEMBER ABANINDRANATH TAGORE (1871-1951)
Born on 07 August 1871 in Jorasanko, Calcutta, Abanindranath Tagore, a painter and litterateur, was the nephew of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Abanindranath was the principal artist and creator of the ‘Indian Society of Oriental Art’ and the first major exponent of swadeshi values in Indian art. He founded the Bengal School of Art, with the sole aim of countering the English influence on Indian artists. What stood out in his paintings was the romantic and spiritual aesthetics embodied in them. His unique interpretation created a new awakening and heralded a revival of Indian art. Abanindranath was also a prolific writer. Children’s books like Nalak, Budo Angla, etc., are landmarks in Bengali children’s literature. Tagore passed away on 05 December 1951 in Calcutta.
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