Renowned Indian painter Jamini Roy was born on 11th April 1887, in Beliatore village in West Bengal. In honour of Jamini Roy’s 130th birth anniversary, search engine giant Google has sketched an eye-catching Doodle inspired by his Black Horse painting. One of the most significant early artists in India, Jamini Roy portrayed rural scenario, ordinary people, animals and folk cults of the time and place. Born in a well-to-do family of zamindars in the Bankura district, Jamini Roy went to study at the Government College of Art in Kolkata where he trained in British academic style of painting in 1916. But the artist knew he needed to find his inspiration than following a carved path.
Jamini Roy learned the core and delicate nuances of paintings under Abanindranath Tagore, the founder of Bengal school, served as the Vice Principal of Government College of Art in Kolkata. When Jamini Roy was learning art and craft of paintings, he was heavily influenced by the wave of nationalism in the country. He took inspiration from East Asian calligraphy, folk arts and crafts traditions and from the 1920s onwards his paintings reflected the innocence and beauty of rural lives. Jamini Roy’s drew the portraits of tribal women engaged in doing their daily chores.
He moved on to draw inspirations from Krishna Leela scenes like Krishna and Balarama, Krishna and Radha Dancing and Krishna with Gopis in Boat. Various sequences from Indian mythological epics like his Ramayana is still considered to be Roy’s magnum opus. Witty representations of animals like the famous Cats Sharing a Prawn also constitute his famous works.
Jamini Roy’s idea to create a unique image for the Indian painters was the reason he constantly rejected the influence of Western thoughts in painting. Despite being a commissioned portrait painter in 1920s, he abruptly stopped to find his own identity, which would reflect his unique self. From the series of monochromatic pictures that hinted at being inspired from East Asian painting styles, Kalighat pats to taking the bold decision of painting the series of the life of Jesus Christ, Jamini Roy carved a name in the history of Indian paintings forever.