The solo show of famous Mithila artist Santosh Kumar Das presented by Anubhav Nath, Curatorial Director of Ojas Art and curated by Kathryn Myers starts on Thursday, January 10th 2019. The month-long event- “Rerouted Realities”- will showcase around 40 artworks by the distinguished artist.
Santosh Kumar Das, who is also lovingly addressed as ‘Phool Chacha’ by his dear ones, is a prolific artist. His work has been displayed at various famous museums not only in India but across the world, including Ethnic Art Foundation USA, Mary C Lanius, Denver USA, Asian Heritage Foundation, New Delhi and Oberlin Museum USA.
The main highlight of this exhibition, which will be seen for the first time in India, is a set of two scrolls, shaped in 1999, that portray the mythological tale of Hans and Bachcharaj. The set took around a year to complete, and the measures of the set are 5 feet by 10 feet and 3 feet by 6 feet. While in other works at this exhibit such as the “Gujarat Series,” the story is told through individual images that serve as chapters, here the story unfolds as an expansive panorama.
The curator of Rerouted Realities by Santosh Kumar Das, Kathryn Myers says, “On a path that began with this cultural and familial inheritance of traditional forms, he identified what was essential to Mithila art - its language of line - and developed his own distinctive dialect, timbre, and tone. Like many individuals who leave home and return transformed, through his vision, ambition and expansive spirit, rooted in, but not bound by tradition, Santosh exemplifies how to live as an artist in the world.”
Born in 1962, Santosh Kumar Das is a renowned Mithila Artist. He completed his graduation from Darbhanga. After that, he did his Bachelor of Fine Arts at M.S.U, Baroda in the year 1990. Murals created by the women in his family during festivals or any other special occasions inspired him a lot to start his own artistic journey. His artworks have a blend of traditional and contemporary.
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