Samit Das

Samit Das was born in 1970 in Jamshedpur,[ India]  specializes in Painting, Photography, Interactive art works and artist’s book creating multi-sensory environments through art and architectural installations. Studied fine arts from Santiniketan Kala Bhavan [ MFA and BFA Both 1989-1996] and post Experience program from Camberwell College of arts London through British Council Scholarship [ CWIT]2001-2002

Teaching Experience -Painting and Batik at Air force school [ New Delhi ] 1996-2004] Photography at Kalindi College at Delhi university as guest faculty 2004-2006]

Publications

Tagore’s concepts of space and Architecture of Santiniketan / Niyogi Books Delhi

Reborn in India. Wall paper / Digital Illustration Project

Hotel New Bengal, One star Press France /2008 [Limited edition Artist books]

Intach Heritage Number [on Tagore Architecture] 2009

Lalit Kala Swamakalin [Tagore portraits   and   swami Vivekananda]

The Week [Supporting act]

Ekok Matra , Kolkata [ On Tagore’s Portaits]

‘Japon Chitra’ special Number [‘ Bheja mejher Chobi’ / an essay on Self Journey]

Essay on Home and World for a Web Journal

Essay on Santiniketan Architecture based on Alain Danielou and Raymond Baurnier Photo show at ICCR Delhi and Chittagaon AF.

Need of Archives and Indian art / purolok barta [a journal   published from Tarapada Santra Foundation 2015]

My best eight cities /Art Asia Pacific   Magazine [photo essay]

‘You are Said to be me’/ Annual Journal of India Habitat Centre

Resonance of Swami Vivekananda art Of Nandalal bose / India Horizon,ICCR Journal  2012

‘Essence of Tagore writing’s [ Mazumder Punthi ] Christies India Sale Catalogue 2014

Written an essay for an   Archival show on Delhi Art Gallery Collection.

He has deep interest on archiving and documentation. Samit has held several solo shows in London, Singapore, New Delhi, and Kolkata Mumbai. He has documented the Tagore house Museum in Kolkata [1999-2001]

Samit’s research on Santiniketan Architecture started from his MFA Studies and published a book Titled –Architecture of Santiniketan : Tagore’s concepts of space with Niogy Books [ Delhi]. He has collaborated to publish an Artist’s Book from Onestar Press [France] in 2011 he has received the BRIC scholarship to visit Italy.Samit was part of the program to prepare a Dossier: Santiniketan as World Heritage Centre on behalf of ASI. He has done the Tagore’s architecture show Titled – The Idea of space and Rabindranath Tagore at Different venue like Lalit Kala Academy New Delhi, India International Centre, New Delhi , Victoria Memorial hall,  Kolkata, Alliance Francaise , Dhaka  and Freies Museum Berlin.

DISSERTATION

A  Research   Based Study on the Subject –

Shantiniketan Architecture and Surendra Nath Kar,   as part of the M.Fine   course-1996.

Major Exhibitions Curated and research based on History and Archives 

1] Idea Of Space   and Architecture of Santiniketan /2010-2011-2012[ Lalit kala akademy, victoria memorial hall]supported by Ministry Of Culture .

2] Architecture of Rabindranath Tagore    and Today’s Environment’. India International Centre, New Delhi 2011

3] ‘You are said to be me’ [based on Tagore portraits] / India habitat Centre 2013

4] Resonance of Swami Vivekananda and art of Nandalal bose /  Lalit kala akademy New Delhi  and Khetri Palace , Rajasthan  / supported by Ministry of culture /2014

Slide talk

Talk On Santineketan Architecture   at All India Radio – National Chanel 2008 New Delhi

Architecture of Santiniketan / Bangalore NGMA Organised by MASA 2011

Talk on Tagore’s Architecture And Santiniketan   Nehru Memorial Library Teen Murti , New Delhi 2011

Architecture of Santiniketan/ Patha  Bhavan school Kolkata , Kamala Raheja  Architecture college , Mumbai 2010-2011/ Vinay Nagar School 2012

In search of Artist book / Tarq Gallery Mumbai 2014

Essence of Indian Drawing   with FICA   and KNMA and Delhi Art Gallery 2014- 1015

Video Bites on Nandalal Bose   and Gaganendranath Tagore   for Delhi Art Gallery2014-15

In search of Visual Vocabulary – Cabinet Foundation Basel2016

Materials and transformation into Art, Sitterwerk , St Gallen -2016

India is a Living Museum, on Alain Danielou’s work, New Delhi-2016

International Symposium at Villa Vassilieff/ Paris 2017

Collection

National Art Library: Victoria   and   Albert   Museum London.

Tata Steel

Presently working on Digitization of

Visva Bharati Quarterly, [from 1928 onwards] [Personal Collection]

Materials based on Early Bengal [late 19th and 2oth century] [Personal Collection]

Archiving a   personal Collection based on Bengal school.

A Rare photographs and Letters   Collection of   Late Baren Ray

Presently working on a   book Titled Resonance of Swami Vivekananda and Art of Nandalal Bose and other exhibition and research projects and actively working for Alain Danielou India Committee.

Future Seminar and Exhibition

Alice Boner, Alain Danielou   and EO Hoppe’s work based on India

Spiritual aspects on Indian art

Indian art and reflection of artist based in Paris.

Legend and Archaeology, New Delhi 2017

Website www.samitdas.com  and www.artandvisualarchives.com

An extensive   website   is describing my own artistic journey    with history, archives, and documentations. it  also an  solo effort  to  build a    resource   materials  for  artist, photographer , historian and  archivist.

Site Specific Projects

Kalaghoda Art Festival Mumbai 2005 AND 2006

Janghu Journey. At Lijjiang China, 2005, research trip for a residency, and worked in a traditional Chinese house.

Jaipur Festival   2005[kite and prints project at Ramchandraji temple.

‘Wild style’ London wall graffiti show at British council café, New Delhi 2003[photographs displayed at lobby and café and using those same images as food mat on table and menu card as well.]

Context   and   Content Museum as Metaphor- 2001. CHANDIGARH [site specific work with

Museum collection, objects, and urbanization 2011

‘Bees and Beehives’ Art at Hyatt Chennai /Project conceived by Rajiv Sethi 2010-11

A Large Installation at Leela Kempinsky /Rose Wood Hall, Gurgaon-2009 [/Project conceived by Rajiv Sethi]

Album Project   AT britto residency/ work shop, Bangladesh / 2010

Tagore Architecture Project At Aliance  Francaise Dhaka 2012

Mumbai International Airport 2013-14

Looking at Srilankan Mural and Frescos, Teertha residency, Red dot gallery, Colombo / 2014-15

Fellowship- Samit has awarded   ProHelvetia fellowship to study at Material Archive and library at Sitterwerk [Switzerland] and 2017 he has awarded   Pernod Ricard Fellowship from Villa Vassilief , Paris  to  work on Modernism in India with Paris Connection.

Commissioned projects on Archival and Documentation works

1] Tagore House Museum, Kolakata/1999-2001

2] Santiniketan Architecture 1994-2008

3] Architecture   and Interior of Shah House [Designed by Charles Correa and Interior by Rajiv Sethi]

4] Old JK House in Kolkata/ 2006-07

5] Tagore note book [Mazumder Punthi] 2014

6] Tagore Portraits [Published and Unpublished] 2010-14

7] Succhanada Sarkar Collection [Archival Photographs   based on Tagore and Santiniketan] 2011-12

8] ‘Chitrakkhar’ [A signed and edition book by Abanindranath Tagore] 2011

9] Chatterjee’s picture album [total 15 Number] 2013- 2014

10] Archiving of a personal collection    based on Bengal school artists.

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