Celebrating the centenary of Viswa Bharati University's Kala Bhavan, the college of Fine Arts at Santiniketan, Bolpur. Established in 1919 (although the establishment date is still not corroborated by any credible source), Kala Bhavan was a creation of the genius Ravindranath Tagore, who sought to develop a holistic centre of learning by stitching together the generosity of nature, the vivacity of the different forms of art & the questing curiousity of children, which he hoped to imbibe in those seeking a centre of learning in the fine arts. Kala Bhavan was at the forefront of blended artistic discourse, engendering a prolific network of artists and creative souls from not only India, but also from across the continents.
The Bengal Renaissance saw a lot of master painters make Santiniketan their seats of learning & teaching. Seen here is the studio of one such master - Nandalal Bose.
The structure, made from mud, is a masterpiece in itself, drawing the viewer and experiencer (for lack of a more appropriate term), perfect, symmetrical and quiet in its appearance, but reverberating with the innumerable imaginations & innovations of fledgling artists, their hopes, their aspirations, their failures, their achievements, their creative stupors.
Hardly 4 hours away from Kolkata, Santiniketan is a visiting spot that should be made a regular halt for those who travel to the city of joy intermittently.