Jahar Dasgupta is a remarkable name in the world of
creative art in modern Bengal. Born in 1942 in steel town of Jamshedpur, Bihar, he has his
early training in arts and painting in Shantiniketan under such legendary masters like
Ramkinkar Baiz and Benode Behari Mukherjee. In 1964 he got his diploma in painting and
within a small interlude of three years he organised his own first one man show at Birla
Academy, Calcutta. That was the golden beginning and he went on climbing the peaks and
made his presence felt in the circle of artists and art-lovers allover the country.
Jahar’s drawings and paintings are straight, firm,
deep-rooted and massive in meaningful message. He is a rebel in his own world challenging
hitherto imposed barriers and bondage of traditional ideas and contemporary groupisms.
A lonely wanderer and pathfinder he treads alone with his
passionate zeal and enviable urge and concern for social justice. Pain, passion and
protest of the time, dream and despair of our problem-riddled age have their full echo in
his magnificent strokes of brush with unfamiliar mingling of colours. That way he reaches
straight into the hearts of those who can read words in colours and sketches.
Man is an integral part of the living universe and nature
is closest to him. Jahar in some of his recent works, recaptures this undenying
relationship with the soft use of timid yet bright and transparent colour. The lost glory
of that traditional bond is revived and retold with such superb mastery that the quietude
of the green enters into our soul.