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Background Information

Employment History

Founder Member

Society of Fine Arts

Founder Member

Indian Academy of Art


Government Art School , Calcutta


Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship


Government School of Art


Government College of Art & Craft

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Govt. College of Art & Craft, Calcutta - Alumni Forum [cached]

Majumdar founded the Indian Academy of Fine Art in Calcutta in 1919, along with Jogesh Chandra Seal, Jamini Roy, Bhabani Charan Law and Atul Bose. He received the First Prize at an Art Exhibition in Bombay in 1921. In 1931, the Maharaja of Kashmir invited him to live and paint in Kashmir. He was selected as the Court Artist of Maharaja of Patiala in 1932-38. He published the journal, Shilpi, which was co-published by A.C. Mukhopadhyay. Indian Academy of Fine Art published an album, Indian Masters, where some of his paintings were printed. His works, imbibing the realistic technique of light and shade, were best compared to the romanticist painters of Europe.

Atul Bose
Born in Mymensingh, Atul Bose specialised in portraiture, landscapes and idyllic scenes in the realistic tradition and attained immense popularity. Bose studied at the Jubilee Art Academy in Calcutta, a private institution that sought to train its pupils in the contemporary British art style, opposed to the art movement begun by Abanindranath and Havell. Further he continued under J.P. Ganguly in the Government Art School, Calcutta (until 1918) and the Royal Academy, Rome. He received a scholarship from the University of Calcutta to study art in London. He toured Europe extensively, which had far-reaching consequences on his career as an artist. Founder member of the Indian Academy of Arts and the Society of Fine Arts, Calcutta, Bose has also been the Principal of the Government Art School, Calcutta for three years (from 1945). Afterwards he became the Director of the Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship.

Mukul Dey -- Pioneer Indian graphic artist [cached]

Catalogue of Drawings and Paintings from Bengal 1900-1948. (Foreword by Karunaketan Sen and Notes on drawings and paintings from Bengal by Atul Bose, Principal, Government School of Art, Calcutta.-Ed.).

Indian paintings,indian handicrafts,tribal art,folk art,evolution of art in india sculptures from india,contemporary paintings... [cached]

Academic painters of the time like Majumdar himself, Bhabani Charan Laha and Atul Bose joined the Jubilee Art Academy (1897) run by Ranada Prasad Gupta, as a break away group.Majumdar, whose subject matter was essentially Indian, was one of the few Indian artists of the time who enjoyed both financial success and critical appreciation.In 1931, he was officially appointed Court Painter of the Maharaja of Patiala and during that period he painted many memorable paintings for the courts of Jodhpur, Jaipur and Bikaner.He was also an established landscape painter.In 1929, he founded the Indian Academy of Art at his own residence.Majumdar was a painter of rare talent.Although he was admired for his fine handling of pastel, water colour and chalk, oil was his forte.In 1947, after Independence, he was invited to do a mural decoration at the All India exhibition.He painted innumerable scenes from the life in Bengal.His dedication, enthusiasm and hard work on that occasion seriously affected his health.He passed away in 1948, at the age of 54.


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Atul Bose, a GCAC alumnus & Royal Academician - a legendary master of the academic mode of painting, becomes the Principal.

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