Remembering Painter Benodebehari Mukherjee

PROFUSE use of superlatives is usually considered immature journalism. Exceptions, however, need to be made occasionally, as in the case of the awe-inspiring works of Benodebehari Mukherjee (1906-1980).

Benodebehari Mukherjee came from a large family that valued learning. He was highly myopic in one eye and blind in the other. When he was 15 a doctor pronounced him fit enough to draw and paint and his guardians admitted him to Kala Bhawan, Shantiniketan.

Benodebehari's art came out of a grand detachment and an awareness of nature's cycle of sukha-dukha-chaitanya-moksha.

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