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Collection of Photos by Wendelien van Oldenborgh

This is a collection of photographs taken by Tagore, Pedagogy and Contemporary Visual Cultures research member Wendelien van Oldenborgh during the second workshop, Kolkata and Santiniketan, West Bengal – 30 January to 8 February 2014.

photo of a yellow tram in Kolkata, India



Rustom Bharucha

train carriage, Kolkata, India

Train to Bolpur

On the train from Kolkata to Bolpur

Santiniketan, India

photo of Indian author Rustom Bharucha

Rustom Bharucha


Photo of Santhal Family Sculpture, Santiniketan, India

Santhal Family, sculpture by Ramkinkar Baij, 1938, Santiniketan

on Benod Behari Mukherjee’s Mural Medieval Saints

Life of Medieval Saints, North wall, Hindi Bhavan_WEB

Benod Behari Mukherjee’s Medieval Saints, North wall, Hindi Bhavan, Santiniketan, courtesy of Anshuman Dasgupta

part 1:

Anshuman Dasgupta talks about Indian artist Benodbehari’s 1946 mural ‘Life of Medieval Saints’.
The mural was done just before India’s Independence and in response to riots such as Noakhali’s; and is Benod Behari’s response to the division between Hindus and Muslims, by representing a nation of Saint poets. Medieval and contemporary figures come together, as the river Ganges joins different civilizations. The mural celebrates different ideas as well as it uses different techniques and styles, with modernist and traditional ways of depicting spaces and characters. Multi-focality and cohabitation being its central themes.

part 2:

Anshuman Dasgupta on Santiniketan’s Murals

Anshuman Dasgupta talks about some of the murals at Santiniketan’s Campus.
on Benod Behari Mukherjee Life of Medieval Saints
on Nandalal Bose’s Natir Puja
on Benod Behari Mukherjee Life on Campus
on K. G. Subramanian’s Mastermoshai Studio mural
on Nandalal Bose and campus aestethics

See a selection of Anshuman Dasgupta’s Visva-Bharati Murals photos

k. G. Subramanyan, Creation Myth, Goddesses Mural, 1989-90

k. G. Subramanyan, Creation Myth, Goddesses Mural, 1989-90, courtesy of Anshuman Dasgupta

on Nandalal Bose

Anshuman Dasgupta talks about the mural Natir Puja (Tagore’s Dance Dramas) by Indian Artist Nandalal Bose, at Cheena Bhavan, Santiniketan, second workshop, 2014.


detail of Natir Puja by Nandalal Bose © Chakrabarti, Kumar and Nag 1995 The Santiniketan Murals. Seagull Books.

Workshop 2: Santiniketan, West Bengal, 30 January -7 February 2014

The second workshop takes place in Kolkata and Santiniketan, Tagore’s experimental school in West Bengal, in collaboration with Visva-Bharati University and the Dutch Art Institute.


photo by Wendelien van Oldenborg

With: Andrea Phillips, Grant Watson, Anjalika Sagar, Anshuman Dasgupta, Wendelien van Oldbenborg, Rustom Bharucha and students from the Dutch Art institute.

[PDF] ‘Curating, Pedagogy – some thoughts for Santiniketan‘, by Andrea Phillips.

The second workshop took place in collaboration with DAI and Vivsra Bharati staff and students and involved an extended research visit to historical sites of Tagore’s life and work in Kolkata, engagement with the contemporary legacy of his learning community at Santiniketan, detailed investigation of the works made by artists for the Santiniketan campus both during and after Tagore’s life as well as time learning about the Santhal community whose livelihoods and culture are bound into the Santiniketan and Sriniketan environment.

We spent most of our time walking and listening to the knowledge of those members of the research group based at Santiniketan, Kolkata and New Delhi, and their colleagues. Members of the research group ate together and discussed questions and ideas every evening. On the last evening in Santiniketan we had a summary discussion.

Thursday 30 Jan: Victoria Memorial museum, Kolkata.
Friday 31 Jan: KG Subramanyan exhibition, Gallerie 88; Rabindra Bharati Museum, Josanko, Kolkata.
Saturday 1 Feb: seminar with Rustom Bharucha, Santiniketan.
Sunday 2 Feb: lecture by Rustom Bharucha on Another Asia, Santiniketan.
Monday 3 Feb: visit to Tagore’s houses on the Visva-Bharati campus; visit to the Tagore archive; lecture by Shiv Kumar, [title].
Listen to Anshuman Dasgupta talk about Visva-Bharati Campus’ murals
Tuesday 4 Feb: presentations by Dutch Art Institute and Kala Bhavan students; studio tour; presentations by Wendelien van Oldenburg and Anjalika Sagar.
Weds 5 Feb: Santhal Informal School; Santhal Museum.
Thurs 6 Feb: Sriniketan Institute for Rural Reconstruction.
Sriniketan – Craft as an Education of Living, by Kim Schonewille
Friday 7 Feb: Sanchayan Ghosh exhibition, Experimenter; Indian Museum, Kolkata.

Listen to the research group final discussion in Santiniketan

[PDF] Notes from Workshop 2, Santiniketan 6 Feb 2014.

Eona McCallum photos of Kolkata and Santiniketan

photo of mural in Santiniketan, India

Santiniketan, photo by Eona McCallum

Listen to Anshuman Dasgupta talk on Santiniketan’s Murals as he takes the group around the campus.

Wendelien van Oldenborgh photos of Kolkata and Santiniketan

Santiniketan Pictures

At Visva-Bharati studios

At Visva-Bharati studios, courtesy of DAI

see DAI’s report on this meeting

Anshuman Dasgupta

© Tagore Centre

photo © Tagore Centre

Anshuman Das Gupta is currently teaching faculty in the Art History department in Kalabhavan, Santiniketan (Visva Bharati University) and is affiliated to the Curatorial Knowledge programme in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, London University as a PhD candidate.

He was born in 1967 in Kolkata, India. He did his graduation in Art History from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan, and Post Graduation in Art History from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S University, Baroda in 1990 and 1992 respectively.

His essays and seminar papers have been published in several journals and publications like the Marg publications- Art & Visual Cultures in India 1857- 2007 (2009), Akbar Padamsee (in Press, 2009) and Contemporary Indian Sculpture, among others.Anshuman has taken up several curatorial assignments at various times, which include; exhibition organized by the French Embassy in Delhi on the birth centenary of Antonin Artaud in 1996, Khoj International artists’ workshop events in Bengal in 2006, Ramkinker Baij Centenary exhibition in Santiniketan in 2007, ‘Santhal Family: positions around an Indian sculpture’ for the Museum of Contemporary Art, MuHKA, Antwerp (a collaborative curatorial venture) in 2008. He has participated in around thirty national and international seminars, including Patterns of Reflection: writing contemporary Indian art (Oct, 09, Santiniketan- Lalit kala and kala Bhavan) Periferry in Guwahati, Assam (2009); MuHKA, Antwerp (2008); seminar organized by ZKM & MMB in Delhi (2008). He also organized the Ramkinker Baij Centenary international seminar in Santiniketan in 2007.