To the readers
Senior most artist of Bengal
Prokash Karmakar expired
Our senior most painter Prokash Karmakar(b.1933) expired on 24th February at 7-15 PM, evening. He left us forever at the age of 82. He was the son of Prohlad Karmakar, a renowned expert artist in oil painting, especially on portrait painting and very closed to another renowned & master painter of Bengal Nirod Majumder. Painter Bijan Chowdhury who expired in 2013 was his closest friend. Prokash was one of the most promising artist among the post “Calcutta-Group” generation painters who was focused in 60s (Calcutta Progressive Group was India’s first painters’ group of 40s). Renowned contemporary art writer and critic Sandip Sarkar also associated with him who wrote on Prokash’s painting in review many times. Although Prokash started his living in Calcutta (Kolkata) as a Calcutta based artist but for the bread and butter he had to stay in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh (North province, a state of India) during a long period. At the end of 1970 he came back in Kolkata and he had built his own house with a studio facility in Bally area in Howrah district of West Bengal. Later he organized a solo show at Birla Academy of art & culture that had become a beautiful and fantastic show which he gifted to the viewers. This show was well appreciated in public viewing. He liked the landscape view of Bengal as a favorite subject, at the end period of his life span he painted in oil on canvas a series of landscapes in his own style. So many written documents on his life & works, features and contribution to the art world are available also he wrote a biographical note on his controversial life style that published later and that was well appreciated, at the same time that was critically offended by the readers. He was life time group member of Calcutta Painters from beginning.
Very recent in the state art festival (West Bengal Festival of Art) which is now ended, organized by the Art Council under the Department of Information & Cultural Affairs, Govt. of West Bengal Prokash Karmakar rewarded as “Shilpee Maha Samman”(A greatest reward to the artist) on 14th February 2014 by CM of WB. We have lost him forever and it is very sorrowful to us for the absence of Prokash Karmakar that never be fulfilled all along in contemporary art history of Bengal.
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