Kalighat school of Painting in Bengal: Jamini Roy

jam5Jamini Roy is not unknown name to me. Since school days i knew this name more so when i became aware of miniature painting, thus Kalighat school of painting became known to me.  We had also read in our history books that in one of the congress meeting the panels painted by Shri Jamini Roy/Nandlal Bose? were used. from there his painting became more popular or known to outside Bengal.(if i may say so?)


I had heard about a painting titled mother and child by Shri Jamini Roy. I thought to google it. in result i was drowned into sagar -Ocean of his paintings.


It became difficult to single out any original painting. I mean due to internet now it has become impossible to know or to see original paintings of JAMINI ROY ji. There are various versions of his painting. He has inspired a generation of young artists thus many of these artists have reproduced Jamini paintings.

On the theme of mother and child i got some paintings but i could not tell which one is the original painting. Until and unless any expert tells you the difference, it is very difficult to know the differences on our own.  jamini-roy-painting-mother-and-child-pa09_lThere are color differences, some paintings have different patterns, but one needs an eye to notice such minute differences, and to identify original from reproductions.

#Kalighat Paintings were there since centuries. The painters in Bengal painted almost varied subject mostly the traditional devotional subjects. But Kalighat paintings,  as they became to be known during the British period also had subjects of daily life of Bengal.

Earlier Jamini Roy was studying the Abanindranath Tagore style of paint141px-bharat_mataings. Shri Abanindranath Tagore himself was influenced by the British style or Raj or Company paintings as they are known. But later he thought to incorporate the Indian characters and subjects, ethos in his paintings. one of his famous painting was Bharat Mata, the earliest form imagined of the Bharat Mata.

Later all painters of that time influenced by the call of India and such learned painters. They also began painting Indian themes much like Raja Ravi Verma.

Jamini Roy also painted Ramayana, Mahabharat themes. He also included the subjects of local painters much like Kalighat Painters use to do



can you tell which is the original painting on left?8cd263ba5d5d7073cd2082da236ca6fe

657e7d3a647aa42b7868f06a99c69f7620oriart_195934987c0b226f2ed87f69427c5607b9d8a5-1 here also can one identify the difference, from original?

here also can one identify the difference, from original?

  And in these two can you tell which one is original painting of Jamini Roy ji?129287976726599204_5ca637e4-19e5-4a3d-a1d6-38983cdc111e_176016_570

Which is the original Jamini Roy painting from above two?

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Jamini Roy was recognised and this postal stamp was brought out to remember/recognize his contribution to the style of painting. Do painting has anything to do with the society or social development? is there any connection or is it relevant in present milieu of social fabric? has arts got their justified share of respect in our society or still our society is having Raj hangover?

#Kalighat paintings had a rich representation of social life of that times. Even the British officers were also smitten by these lively paintings and became patrons of many paintings, odoring their offices and homes. Even Kalighat painters started painting the british subjects in their paintings

which is the original Jamini Roy painting below?




it is very difficult to tell which is the original Jamini Roy painting above?

then suddenly one day i got this in twitter?



This is  huge world of Kalighat paintings. But after all it is form of expression. Given the nature of humans every one is free to express in the way suits themselves.roy-jamini-1887-1972-india-dancing-gopinis-3642950images-2jam3


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Gaurang Katyayan misra

I am nobody on this vast globe. trying to search for my relevance for existence. Trying to read boundaries.. how to demolish them? want to walk on path of wisdom.. such as vivekananda, Ram, Krishna, Meera, kabir, Sankaracharya, rani chennama, ahilyabai holkar, Laxmi bai, umrao jaan, Rai praveen, Chanakya, SitaRam Raju, Shiva ji, lachit burfukan, Sankar Dev, list is endless

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