Hailing from the hilly region of Tripura, Dharamanarayan Dasgupta remained almost entirely within the fold of the Calcutta art world. He trained at Santiniketan, from where he received his diploma in fine art and craft in 1961. In his work Dasgupta chose to be eclectic, perhaps more than his contemporaries. By the late Seventies, he had evolved his hallmark style where the primary medium was a special egg tempera on canvas which he applied using a mouth spray for finish. His distinctive artistic style evolved during the Eighties in what the artist defined as a ‘kind of satire, fantasy and humour mixed with folk art’.
Dasgupta’s painterly voyage was marked by an intimate understanding of human relationships, their pain and agony, joy and ecstasy, humour and wisdom. Dasgupta’s art contains remnants of the babu culture, a legacy from the British Raj. As recurring motifs, a voluptuous woman, draped in a striped sari, at times counter-balanced with a man similarly clad in dhoti and kurta, appear in association with a flying tortoise, tiger, bird, flower or such objects as pots, vases or vintage cars, creating a very peculiar vision of human sensibility. The figures and objects seem to be floating in a mental space where the gravitational pull is decided upon by the artist’s own wishful thinking. They float, they glide and they crouch, acquiring various acrobatic postures underlining the varied levels of psychic exegesis. In 1981, Dharamanarayan Dasgupta was awarded by the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta. His works are held in several public and private collections in India and abroad.