Biman Bihari Das
he President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Prof. Biman Bihari Das, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on March 31, 2014.
|Born||1 January 1943|
Tamluk, West Bengal, India
|Occupation||Sculptor & painter|
|Spouse(s)||Archana Das, PhD|
|Children||Alekhya Das, PhD|
|Parent(s)||(late) Gour Chandra Das (father) & (late) Snehalata Das (mother)|
|Awards|| Padma Shri |
Prof. S. N. Ghosal Award
Education Secretary Award
All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award
Sir Ushanath Sen Memorial Medal
Punjab Lalit Kala Academy Award
Lalit Kala Akademi Award
D. P. Roychowdhury Memorial Medal
Sahitya Kala Parishad Award
Birla Academy of Art and Culture Award
Biman Bihari Das is an Indian sculptor and former Principal of the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata. He was honoured by the Government of India, in 2014, by bestowing on him the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his services to the field of Fine Arts.
Biman Bihari Das was born on 1 January 1943,at Tamluk town of West Bengal, in India. He studied art at the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata and passed the Diploma in Modeling and Sculpture, in 1966, with first class and distinction. Later, he joined Calcutta University and passed the course of Teachers' Training and Art Appreciation in 1967.
Bihari Das received a Fulbright Fellowship from the USand UGC grant under the Indo-Hungarian cultural exchange program, based in Budapest, for pursuing his art career. He, later, became the principal of the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata but later moved to New Delhi, to take up the post of the principal of the College of Art, Delhi. He has also served as the vice president of the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society.
Das lives an active life with constant interaction with the Indian art scene.
Das has held exhibitions, both solo and group, in many parts of the world.His solo exhibitions, more than 22 in number, have been staged at places like New Jersey, Cairo and Budapest, apart from many cities in India. He had a retrospective in the National Exhibition of Art of 2005, at Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi, which was sponsored by Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata. He was also one of the artist participants of the Silver Jubilee exhibitions of Lalit Kala Akademi, organized at many European and Middle East countries, along with Salarjung Museum, Hyderabad and Mumbai. Some of his notable exhibitions were: Biennale Belgium – 1974, Triennale India – 1978, Second Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Japan – 1986, Biennale Bangladesh, Dhaka – 1987, Contemporary Asian Show, Seoul – 1988, and India Festival in USSR, Moscow – 1988.
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A scholarship has been instituted in the honour of Das, as an encouragement to the upcoming artists.His sculpture of Jawaharlal Nehru has been commissioned at the Indian Commission office at Singapore. He also has sculptures installed at:
The Open Sculpture Park at Kalagram, Sector 13, Chandigarh also has a rock sculpture by Das.
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