11 facts about Abanindranath Tagore

Abanindranath Tagore CIE (অবনীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর) (7 August 1871 – 5 December 1951) was the principal artist and creator of the “Indian Society of Oriental Art”. He was next the first major exponent of Swadeshi values in Indian art, thereby finding the influential Bengal learned of art, which led to the progress of enlightened Indian painting. He was plus a noted writer, particularly for children. Popularly known as ‘Aban Thakur’, his books Rajkahini, Buro Angla, Nalak, and Khirer Putul were landmarks in Bengali language children’s literature and art.

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Tagore sought to modernise Mughal and Rajput styles to counter the fake of Western models of art, as taught in art schools under the British Raj. Along with further artists from the Bengal scholarly of art, Tagore advocated in favour of a nationalistic Indian art derived from Indian art history, drawing inspiration from the Ajanta Caves. Tagore’s be in was so thriving that it was eventually accepted and promoted as a national Indian style within British art institutions.

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