Kshitindr Nath Majumdar

Born in 1891 in West Bengal, Kshitindranath Majumdar studied till middle school in his village there, after which he joined the Government School of Art in Kolkata in 1905, where he studied under the tutelage of Abanindra Nath Tagore. Between 1912 and 1930, Majumdar served as an art teacher and then the principal of the Indian Society of Oriental Art in Kolkata, and later, from 1942-64, he held the same position in at Allahabad University.
In most of his drawings and paintings, Majumdar referred to mythological and religious subjects. He was greatly influenced by Sri Chaitanya’s Vaishnavism, as well as Abanindra Nath Tagore’s revivalist movement. A solo exhibition of Majumdar’s work was organized by J. Cousins in 1928 at the Athene Gallery in Geneva, Switzerland. His works have also been featured in several group exhibitions, including three retrospectives held in Varanasi in 1964 and 1949, and in Kolkata in 1963; a traveling exhibition in the United States, organized by the American Federation of Art, in 1924; and the 22nd Exhibition of the Society des Painters Orientalists Francis, Paris, which then travelled to England, Belgium and the Netherlands.
During his lifetime, Majumdar received several awards and honors including an honorary doctoral degree from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, and a Merit Award from the Bengal Congress Committee in 1963.
Majumdar passed away in 1975.

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