Indian Painter Jamini Roy : Biography, facts, information

Jamini Roy was a famous Indian Painter. He is famous for his paintings which carries simplicity and the essence of the Indian life. His paintings were inspired from the work of Patua.
  • He was born on 11 April 1887 in the district of Bankura of West Bengal. His family was moderately prosperous. His father was Ramataran Roy.
    Jamini Roy
    Jamini Roy 1887-1972
  • In the year 1903, he joined the Government College of Art, Kolkata. He was sixteen at that time. There under the guidance of Abanindranath Tagore, He learnt the different aspects of paintings. He received the diploma in fine arts in 1908.
  • At the beginning of his career he started with the western style paintings and earned fame also. But he was not satisfied with the European portrait style and later switched to Indian folk art.
  • He turned himself to the Indian art and started experimenting with the patua style of painting. His inspiration for that came from the Kalighat paintings and from the different village patuas.
  • His paintings were first exhibited in 1938 at British India Street of Calcutta. Later his paintings were also exhibited in London, New York. His paintings were quite famous during the 1940.
  • Some of his famous paintings are - Krishna and Balarama, Santal Boy with Drum, Mother and the child, Cats Plus, Cats Sharing a Prawn, Crucifixion with Attendant Angels, Krishna with Gopis in Boat.
  • The main theme of his paintings were life of rural Bengal and religion.
  • He was conferred many awards for his contribution to art. In 1954, he was awarded Padma Bhushan by Government of India. He was made first Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1955.
  • He took his last breath on April 24, 1972.

Jamini Roy Timeline

1887 Jamini Roy was born in Bankura, West Bengal
1903 Joined the Government college of Art
1908 Received the Diploma in Art
1934 Awarded Viceroy's gold medal in an all India exhibition
1938 Paintings were exhibited first time in the British India Street of Calcutta
1946 His work was exhibited in London
1953 His paintings were exhibited in New York
1954 He was awarded the Padma Bhushan Award
1955 He was chosen first Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi
1972 He died

Magician P C Sorcar: Facts, Biography, Information

P C Sorcar also known as Jadusamrat (Emperor of Magic) was a world famous Indian magician. He used to perform on stage during the 1960. He is known for his famous show Indrajal.
  • The full name of P C Sorcar is Protul Chandra Sorcar. He was born on 23 February 1913 in Tangail which is now part of Bangladesh. He was destined to be a great magician as he was born in a family where magic was practiced for a long time.
    P C Sorcar
    P C Sorcar 1913-1971
  • His father was Bhagawan Chandra Sorcar and his mother was Kusum Kamini.  He had a brother Atul Chandra Sorcar. He married to Basanti Devi. They had three sons – Manick Sorcar; P.C. Sorcar, Jr.;and P.C. Sorcar,Young.
  • P C Sorcar was a brilliant student. He earned his I.A degree in 1931 from Karotia College with first class and B.A. degree from Ananda Mohan College. He learned magic from his teacher Genapati Chakraborty.
  • He was very passionate about magic from his childhood. This was the reason that he chose magic as his profession though at that time it was not a very worthwhile profession. But he changed that thing. He not only became a great magician but also inspired other people to took magic as their profession.
  • He started performing while he was a student. Gradually, his show attracted attention of people and he was quite famous during 1930.
  • Initially he used to perform in Kolkata but with time he started in other places. He also started performing in other countries specially in Japan. This earned him a great reputation around the world.
  • His show Indrajal became very famous internationally. He used to perform to the live audiences and on Television.
  • He was honored with many awards in his life. He won the Sphinx award also known as Oscar of magic in 1946 and 1954. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1964. Beside that, a street in Kolkata is named after him. In 2010 Indian post issued a stamp to honor him.
  • He also authored many books and articles on magic. His some of the books are “Magic for you”, “Indian Magic”, “Hindu Magic”, “History of Magic”.
  • He took his last breath on 6 January 1971 in Japan while he was performing.

Timeline of P C Sorcar

1913 P C Sorkar was born in a family of Magician
1929 Graduated from Tangail Shibnath High School
1931  Earned his Intermediate in Arts degree from the Karotia College
1933 Passed his BA degree and choose magic as his profession
1946 Received the Sphinx award (Oscar of Magic)
1950-60 Performed many shows internationally
1954 He received the Sphinx Award sceond time
1964 Indian government honoured him with the Padma Shri award
1971 He died in Japan
2010 Indian Post issued a postal stamp to honour him