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Explore the world of animals in the art of Jamini Roy

Dr. Baishali Ghosh


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“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” — Albert Einstein, scientist

Whether you like animated animals or the real, this program will educate, entertain, and inspire you to get curious about the animals through the art of Jamini Roy. Gradually, you will dive into its artistry, which will help develop critical thinking skills, a passion for art and culture, and encourage creativity.….


Target audience 

……Families with children of all ages and abilities are Welcome……

Recommended for children of ages 5–15 years.

Perfect for budding artists, with oodles of imagination and those who are yet to discover their creative powers.


Subjects to be covered 

  • About the artist Jamini Roy,
  • His style of art and the resemblance of his art form with the traditional pata painting,
  • How to easily draw the figures following his style of art,
  • Some mythological stories associated with the characters in his painting.

Participatory activities

Through this program, you will explore the world of animals through the genre of art of the famous artist, Jamini Roy. You will have fun involving in the participatory activities and in this process, you can learn about him, his style of art, and can develop a passion for art.

For kids 5 years and above
Sing and clap with the song......

Video credit: Lakdi Ki Kathi Kathi Pe Ghoda, May 15 2019, Fun For Kids TV Hindi  https://www.youtube.com/HB5pPJakam8

Hope you all love to ride on such a rocking wooden horse?


Enjoy the nursery rhyme .....
Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse;
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
And she shall have music wherever she goes.

Video credit: Ride A Cock Horse To Banbury Cross, Nursery Rhymes, Happy Kids, MollyShow, Dec 30 2019, https://www.youtube.com/LZfuuGajG9A

Have you taken a ride on a real horse?

If so......

Write when and where?

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Did you like it?

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Hope you all love animals

YES.....They are our friends

Do you have a pet in your house?

If so....write about your pet....

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Name the animals you have tried to draw...

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Have you ever tried to draw a red horse in this style?

This is the painting "Red Horse", done by the famous Indian Artist Jamini Roy


ACTIVITY I

Now let us learn and enjoy his style of art by coloring this painting:


ACTIVITY II

This is another painting drawn by the artist Jamini Roy. The painting is of a beautiful deer. Join the Dots to complete the picture and color it....


ACTIVITY III

These are the two paintings of "Cow" by Jamini Roy. Can you find the differences between the two pictures in :

Body colors of the cows

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Position of the tails

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Number of huts in the background

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ACTIVITY IV

Puzzle Games: Place the pieces in the right places to form the picture

Jamini Roy
God on blue tiger
Tempera on board
© Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata N1111/2639(27)

Jamini Roy
Blue Elephant
Tempera on board
© Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata N1110/2639(36)



Know about the artist Jamini Roy

Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/d8/Jaminiroy.jpg/220px-Jaminiroy.jpg

  • Jamini Roy is a famous artist from Bengal who developed his own unique style of painting.
  • He painted scenes of everyday life in villages. He loved to paint the tribals of Bengal, the Santhals. The Dancing Santhals, Santhals, Mother and child, Santhal Boy with Drum are some of the famous paintings he made. He painted animals like cats, horses, cows, elephants in his own style.
  • He was honored with Padma Bhushan in 1955.  His works can be found in various museums and galleries across the globe.

Watch: How to easily draw Jamini Roy's painting

Video credit: Jamini Roy painting#5, how to draw easily, Rong Berong Art Gallery, Jul 22, 2020,https://youtube/ZEnEg-tKOhg

Try to draw in his style
For teenagers
Enjoy watching this beautiful superhit song

Video credit: Lakdi Ki Kaathi With Lyrics | Masoom (1983) | लकड़ी की काठी | Children's Day Special| Shemaroo Filmi Gaane| Nov 14 2019|http://youtube/epW3Sbg3GRg

The song 'Lakdi Ki Kaathi' is a song from the 1983 movie 'Masoom' starring Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Tanuja, Urmila Matondkar and Jugal Hansraj.

Singer: Gauri Bapat, Gurpreet Kaur, Vanita Mishra Music Director: R D Burman Lyricist: Gulzar Director: Shekhar Kapoor


Childhood is the golden period of one's life. It is the time when one loves to stay in the mystic world. One loves to play, read, sing, dance, draw, and create one's own world of imagination.


Hope you remember riding on such a rocking wooden horse?

HORSES are one of the first objects of fine art, depicted in cave paintings, and used in numerous sculptures. It is a very favorite subject of drawing for artists. They are associated with speed, courage, power, and freedom.


Have you tried to draw a horse?

Obviously...the answer will be "YES"

The four pictures given below are a few of the ways you might have tried......

But have you ever tried this style?

"Yes.....this is the unique art style of the famous Indian Artist Jamini Roy"


ACTIVITY I

Color the picture and enjoy his style of art:


ACTIVITY II

Join the Dots to complete the picture and color it


ACTIVITY III

 Spot the differences between the two pictures

Write the differences:

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ACTIVITY IV

Puzzle Games: Place the pieces in the right places to form the picture


Know about the artist Jamini Roy

Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/d8/Jaminiroy.jpg/220px-Jaminiroy.jpg

Watch the slide show 

Image credits: http://hindustankhabar.com/83506; https://indiatoday.intoday.in; htps://www.pininterest.com/vjis/jamini-roy; https://www.alchetron.com

Listen to the audio with the slideshow to know about the artist Jamini Roy

Audio by Author


  • Jamini Roy is a famous artist from Bengal who developed his own unique style of painting.
  • Jamini Roy was born on April 11, 1887, in Beliatore village of Bankura district in West Bengal.

  • He gained knowledge of painting at the Government college of arts in Kolkata.
  • He was one of the most famous pupils of Abanindranath Tagore.
  • He was honored with Padma Bhushan in 1955, Viceroy's gold medal (1934) and Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi (1955).
  • He was most influenced by the Kalighat Pat (Kalighat painting), which was a style of art with bold sweeping brush-strokes.
  • He changed style from his academic Western training and featured a new style based on Bengali folk traditions.

  • Roy is also described as an art machine because he produced 20,000 paintings in his lifetime which is about 10 paintings daily but made sure his artistic aims remained the same.
  • Jamini Roy died in 1972.  His works can be found in various museums and galleries across the globe.
  • In 1976, the Archaeological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India declared his works among the "Nine Masters" whose work, to be henceforth considered "to be art treasures, having regard to their artistic and aesthetic value".

Know more about the life and art of Jamini Roy

Video Credit: Jamini Roy: Film - Portrait of a Painter | Ngma Mumbai| Jan 21, 2016 | 
https://youtube/zgYSF4Ma7JQ

Art lesson for teenagers from Jamini Roy

  1. Explore Bengal folk art. The shape of figures is different from other Indian folk art.
  2. Learn to make bold portraits in focus. They are abstract yet expressive.
  3. Color flat. Use bold brush strokes to make patterns.

Watch: How to easily draw Jamini Roy's painting

Video Credit: Jamini Roy: painting #5 | how to draw easily | Rong Berong Art Gallery| Jul 22, 2020 | https://youtube/ZEnEg-tKOhg

ACTIVITY V

LET YOUR IMAGINATION FLOW .....

Fill up the questionnaire and express your feelings by observing the painting:

 What do you think this painting is about?

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How does it make you feel?

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What do you like about it? What do you dislike?

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Does it remind you of anything?

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Bengal Patachitra

Image Credit: Portrait of Goddess Manasa, https://images.app.goo.gl/vS8hNB7hmdyVnSVs9

  • The Bengal Patachitra refers to the painting of West Bengal. It is a traditional and mythological heritage of West Bengal. The Bengal Patachitra is divided into some different aspects like Durga Pat, Chalchitra, Tribal PatachitraMedinipur Patachitra, and Kalighat Patachitra.
  • In West Bengal, Patachitra is mostly done in Birbhum, West Midnapore, Nayagram of Pingla block in Jhargram, Bardhaman, Murshidabad district, and Kalighat region.
  • The subject matter of Bengal Patachitra is mostly mythological, religious stories, folklore, and social. The Kalighat Patachitra, the last tradition of Bengal Patachitra is developed by Jamini Roy. The artist of the Bengal Patachitra is called Patua.

The Story of Kalighat Painting

Video Credit: Kalighat Painting | Chitrakatha | The Story Of Kalighat Paintings | Jun 22, 2019 | https://youtube/aZpX8unKJtw

ACTIVITY VI

Some mythological facts associated with the animals

Identify the animals in the paintings of Jamini Roy and name the deities with which they are associated with:

Listen to the audio and verify your answer with some mythological facts 

Audio by Author


Jamini Roy paintings in handicrafts


Samples of Jamini Roy Paintings done by a teenager

Paintings drawn by a student of class VIII, trying to learn the art style of Jamini Roy


Try your own...
For Adults / Parents
Let's take a trip down memory lane and enjoy the beautiful superhit song


Video credit: Lakdi Ki Kaathi With Lyrics | Masoom (1983) | लकड़ी की काठी | Children's Day Special| Shemaroo Filmi Gaane| Nov 14 2019|http://youtube/epW3Sbg3GRg

The song 'Lakdi Ki Kaathi' is a song from the 1983 movie 'Masoom' starring Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Tanuja, Urmila Matondkar and Jugal Hansraj.

Singer: Gauri Bapat, Gurpreet Kaur, Vanita Mishra Music Director: R D Burman Lyricist: Gulzar Director: Shekhar Kapoor


Doesn't it remind you of the rocking wooden horse of your childhood days?

HORSES are one of the first objects of fine art, depicted in cave paintings, and used in numerous sculptures. It is a very favorite subject of drawing for artists. They are associated with speed, courage, power, and freedom.

Various artists have drawn in different ways. You too might have drawn a horse in your childhood or later.

The four pictures given below are a few of the ways you might have tried..

But have you ever tried this style?

"Yes.....this is the unique art style of the famous Indian Artist Jamini Roy"


ACTIVITY I

Color the picture and enjoy his style of art:


ACTIVITY II

Join the Dots to complete the picture


ACTIVITY III

 Spot the differences between the two pictures

Write the differences:

_____________________________________________

_____________________________________________

_____________________________________________

_____________________________________________

_____________________________________________


ACTIVITY IV

Puzzle Games: Place the pieces in the right places to form the picture


Know about the artist Jamini Roy

Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/d8/Jaminiroy.jpg/220px-Jaminiroy.jpg

Watch the slide show 

Image credits: http://hindustankhabar.com/83506; https://indiatoday.intoday.in; htps://www.pininterest.com/vjis/jamini-roy; https://www.alchetron.com

Listen to the audio with the slideshow to know about the artist Jamini Roy

Audio by Author


  • Jamini Roy was born on April 11, 1887, in Beliatore village of Bankura district in West Bengal.
  • He gained knowledge of painting at the Government College of Arts in Kolkata.
  • Jamini was trained in the British academic style of painting in 1916.
  • He was one of the most famous pupils of Abanindranath Tagore.
  • He was honored with Padma Bhushan in 1955, Viceroy's gold medal (1934) and Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi (1955).
  • He was most influenced by the Kalighat Pat (Kalighat painting), which was a style of art with bold sweeping brush-strokes.
  • He changed style from his academic Western training and featured a new style based on Bengali folk traditions.
  • Roy is also described as an art machine because he produced 20,000 paintings in his lifetime which is about 10 paintings daily but made sure his artistic aims remained the same.
  • His underlying quest was threefold: to capture the essence of simplicity embodied in the life of the folk people; to make art accessible to a wider section of people, and to give Indian art its own identity.
  • He spent most of his life living and working in Calcutta. Initially, he experimented with Kalighat paintings but found that it has ceased to be strictly a "patua" and went to learn from village patuas. Consequently, his techniques, as well as subject matter, were influenced by the traditional art of Bengal. He preferred himself to be called a patua.
  • Jamini Roy died in 1972.  His works can be found in various museums and galleries across the globe.
  • In 1976, the Archaeological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India declared his works among the "Nine Masters" whose work, to be henceforth considered "to be art treasures, having regard to their artistic and aesthetic value".

Know more about the life and art of Jamini Roy

Video Credit: Jamini Roy: Film - Portrait of a Painter | Ngma Mumbai| Jan 21, 2016 | https://youtube/zgYSF4Ma7JQ

Watch: How to easily draw Jamini Roy's painting

Video Credit: Jamini Roy: painting #5 | how to draw easily | Rong Berong Art Gallery| Jul 22, 2020 | https://youtube/ZEnEg-tKOhg

ACTIVITY V

LET YOUR IMAGINATION FLOW .....

Fill up the questionnaire and express your feelings by observing the painting:

 What do you think this painting is about?

_________________________________________________________________

How does it make you feel?

_________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________

What do you like about it? What do you dislike?

_________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________

Does it remind you of anything?

_________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________


What is Patachitra / Pata painting?

  • Pata Painting (patachitra) is a traditional cloth-based scroll painting, based in the eastern Indian states of Odisha and West Bengal.  Patachitra's art form is known for its intricate details as well as mythological narratives and folktales inscribed in it.
  • 'Pata' is a Bangla word evolved from the Sanskrit patta meaning 'cloth' and 'chitra' meaning 'picture'. An artwork drawn on a piece of silk or cotton or any other fabric portraying traditional motifs of religion and society is called pat art.
  • The fabric in fact makes the base for pat art. Clay, cow-dung, and some sticky elements are skillfully sprouted on the fabric. When dried, the fabric becomes tough but mellow enough for sustaining the stroke of the artist's brushes. Pata artists draw on it religious motifs, such as gods and goddesses, Puranic stories, slokas, etc.
  • Patachitras is a component of an ancient Bengali narrative art, originally serving as a visual device during the performance of a song. As a folk art, it makes an important element of Bengal cultural heritage.

Sublime in the melody of Pata Song

Singer - Niranjan Chitrakar from East Medinipur Dist.

Audio Credit: Pater Gaan Krishna Rash Leela 2016, U D Entertainment, https://www.youtube.com/eACIC8rw9T8

Bengal Patachitra

Image Credit: Portrait of Goddess Manasa, https://images.app.goo.gl/vS8hNB7hmdyVnSVs9

The Bengal Patachitra refers to the painting of West Bengal. It is a traditional and mythological heritage of West Bengal. The Bengal Patachitra is divided into some different aspects like Durga Pat, Chalchitra, Tribal PatachitraMedinipur Patachitra, and Kalighat Patachitra.

In West Bengal, Patachitra is mostly done in Birbhum, West Midnapore, Nayagram of Pingla block in Jhargram, Bardhaman, Murshidabad district, and Kalighat region.

 The subject matter of Bengal Patachitra is mostly mythological, religious stories, folklore, and social. The Kalighat Patachitra, the last tradition of Bengal Patachitra is developed by Jamini Roy. The artist of the Bengal Patachitra is called Patua.


The Story of Kalighat Painting

Video Credit: Kalighat Painting | Chitrakatha | The Story Of Kalighat Paintings | Jun 22, 2019 | https://youtube/aZpX8unKJtw

ACTIVITY VI

Some mythological facts associated with the animals

Identify the animals in the paintings of Jamini Roy and name the deities with which they are associated with:


Listen to the audio and verify your answer with some mythological facts 

Audio by Author


Jamini Roy paintings in handicrafts


Popularity of Jamini Roy's paintings

The collage below shows few paintings drawn in the art style of the artist Jamini Roy, on the boundary wall of Hotel Gallery 67 near Ultadanga in Kolkata, West Bengal.


FIND OUT MORE IN YOUR LOCALITY....

 


HOPE THE PARTICIPATORY ACTIVITIES HAVE GIVEN YOU ENJOYMENT AND INSPIRATION


Try your innovations and nourish your creativity

You can draw Jamini Roy’s paintings on decorative pieces like flower vases, greeting cards, prepare small models, and others. Children can take the assistance of their parents. If you wish, you can send us your creations.

Selected artworks will be displayed in the Annual Art Exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts.

Provoke your imagination power and try to write a story or poem on these wonderful paintings and can send us by email. The selected pieces will be published in the brochure of the Annual Exhibition of the Academy of Fine Arts.

Contact us: Academy of Fine Arts; 2, Cathedral Road, Kolkata – 700071; website: www.academyoffinearts.in; email: info@academyoffinearts.in


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Click on the picture to enjoy the slide show with music

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Audio credit: Bhatiyali Dhun; Album- Golden Milestones; Singer- Ustad Vilayat Khan; Label- Saregama; 01 Jun, 2003; HTTP://dns6.vippendu.com/m4a/34266/1055488/Bhatiyali-Dhun-Ustad-Vilayat-Khan-Ustad-Vilayat-Khan.m4a



Acknowledgments

I am grateful to the entire AIIS team, especially Dr. Vandana Sinha, Director & Ms. Stuti Gandhi, Associate Researcher, for their constant guidance and support throughout the workshop. I would also like to express my gratitude to the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Academy of Fine Arts, for giving me permission to use the pictures of few paintings of Jamini Roy, from the museum collection, to develop the public program with an educational motto. I am thankful to Ms. Akansha Ghosh for helping me with the idea of the usage of different apps for photo, audio, and video editing.

I convey my special thanks to Dr. Madhuvanti Ghose, Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, and Himalayan Art, Arts of Asia, The Art Institute of Chicago, for her encouraging support and resourceful curatorial advice.

 


Sources of information

Jamini Roy | Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Jamini_Roy

Jamini Roy Biography - Paintings & Artworks, Life History ...
www.culturalindia.net › indian-art › painters › jamini-roy

Jamini Roy | Artnet
www.artnet.com › artists › jamini-roy

Jamini Roy - Google arts & Culture
https://artsandculture.google.com › entity › jamini-roy

Jamini Roy - National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
https://ngmaindia.gov.in/sh - jamini -roy.asp

Pattachitra - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org › wiki › Pattachitra

Patachitra
www.bengalpatachitra.com


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Featured Image – A collage with 5 pictures

 



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