Born on June 21 in Calcutta
Joins the Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship for a diploma in
Receives an award from the Academy of Fine Art, Calcutta
Graduates with a diploma in fine arts.
Develops a style that is simultaneously traditional as well as realist;
his subjects hail from the Bengali middle class, their daily lives,
aspirations as also the crumbling buildings and rooftops of north
Calcutta, where he grew up; he also paints violence, a common
feature on the turbulent streets of Calcutta at the time.
Right from his student days, and throughout his career, the artist
paints the female figure in a variety of forms—as ordinary women
going about their daily chores, upper class women mocked in their
refined existence, women in red light districts with their practical
wisdom and indignations; some of these develop into well-known
series such as She and Durga.
Is inducted as a member of the highly influential Society of
Contemporary Artists, Calcutta, which was formed in 1959.
Holds his first solo exhibition at Artistry House, Calcutta, and at the Tata
Iron and Steel Company, Jamshedpur.
Participates in the first International Triennale held in New Delhi.
Joins his alma mater, Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship, as
Participates in the IV Triennale in Paris.
Has exhibitions in Yugoslavia, Romania, Czechoslovakia, and
Hungary. Moves into a shared studio with Parsi artist Katayun Saklat at
52, Chowringhee Lane. This transition marks his shift to larger
Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta, holds an exhibition on the artist’s famous Doll series.
Receives Lalit Kala Akademi’s national award, and again the following
year. Participates in the second International Triennale, New Delhi.
Makes an ink and wash portrait of Rabindranath Tagore.
Goes on to develop a robust body of portraits of well-known past and contemporary personalities such as Jagadish Chandra Bose, M. F. Husain, Mother Teresa, Indira Gandhi and more; does a portrait of Indira Gandhi after her assassination too; becomes popular with
patrons seeking commissioned portraits.
Starts teaching at the Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta;
continues for the next nine years.
Participates in the third International Triennale, New Delhi.
Starts making illustrations for a book by Bengali novelist Samaresh Basu on the life of Ramkinkar Baij, the renowned sculptor-painter.
Considered some of his best works, the illustrations remain unpublished as the book is not completed due to the death of the author.
Is part of the Festival of India’s exhibition, ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, at the Royal
Academy of Arts, London.
Exhibits works from his She series at the Taj Art Gallery, Bombay, and Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Calcutta.
Is part of the Festival of India concurrently in New York, Boston, Geneva, and Moscow.
Is honoured with the Bangla Ratna award by the state government of West Bengal.
Awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. His Durga series portrays the divine goddess as a woman.
His Homage series is exhibited at the Victoria Memorial, Calcutta.
His Wounds series is exhibited at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
Suffers a paralytic stroke that leaves him incapable of painting.
Centre of International Modern Art, Kolkata, holds a month-long
exhibition of his works to mark his sixtieth birthday.
Is awarded the Lalit Kala Akademi fellowship, the highest honour of
the country’s national art academy.
D.Litt. from Kalyani University, West Bengal.
Passes away on December 18 in Kolkata.
Close to Events: Works of Bikash Bhattacharjee by Manasij Majumder
is published posthumously.