Sarbari Roy Choudhury

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Sarbari Roy Chowdhury
Born (1933-01-21)21 January 1933
Ulpur, India[1]
Died 21 February 2012(2012-02-21) (aged 79)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India[2]
Nationality Indian
Known for Artist

Sarbari Roy Chowdhury (21 January 1933 – 21 February 2012), was an Indian artist.

Chowdhury was born in Ulpur, East Bengal (now Bangladesh) into a Zamindari family, and graduated from the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata, in 1956. He later studied under the sculptors Prodosh Dasgupta and Sankho Chaudhuri at the M.S. University, Baroda. Between 1960 and 1962, he served as the Head of the Department of Sculpture at the Indian Art College, Kolkata.

Influenced by Indian sculptors like Prodosh Dasgupta as well as Western greats like Rodin, Roy Chowdhury found his inspiration in Hindustani classical music. His works, while pictorial are also largely abstract in their style – perhaps a result of his travels to the Academia de Belle Arti, Florence, in 1962, where he met Giacometti and Henry Moore in person, who along with Sankho Chaudhuri had an undeniable impact on his style. His sculptures feature a unique mix of the academic realism of the East and the more innovative cubism and abstraction of the West.

Roy Chowdhury has won several awards including the Gagan-Abani Puraskar from Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, in 2004, and the Abanindra Puraskar from the Government of West Bengal in 2005. Over the years he has exhibited his works at several group and solo shows, the latest of which was a retrospective entitled Sensibility Objectified: The Sculptures of Sarbari Roy Choudhury held in May 2009 in New Delhi. A book, Sensibility Objectified: The Sculptures of Sarbari Roy Choudhury, by historian R. Siva Kumar, was also released.

Roy Chowdhury's younger son, Saurav followed his father's path and become a sculptor [3] , while his elder son Sougata Roy Chowdhury is a practitioner of Hindustani classical music and plays Sarod. [4]


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