Born in Beliatore village in West Bengal’s Bankura district.
Artists Jamini Roy, Hemen Mazumdar, J. C. Seal, B. C. Law and Atul
Bose found the Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta.
Is inspired by Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement.
Reads Rabindranath Tagore’s Tapoban, an essay on the restitution of
rural heritage. Moves away from his impressionistic style of landscapes and portraits
to begin experimenting along the lines of popular Kalighat pat
Makes a complete switch to indigenous materials to paint on woven
mats, cloth and wood coated with lime.
Begins to paint scenes from tribal Santhal life.
Also paints scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Receives the Viceroy’s Medal in an all-India exhibition for his painting
Mother Helping the Child to Cross the Pond.
His folk-style works are exhibited for the first time in Calcutta’s British
Indian Street, and in the next decade his works achieve great heights
Starts painting scenes from Christ’s life.
His works are shown abroad, including London.
Indian Society of Oriental Art publishes his biography, written by
John Conran Irwin and Bishnu Dey.
Creates his magnum Ramayana series for Sarada Charan Das
consisting of seventeen canvases.
Participates in ‘The Arts of India and Pakistan’ exhibition at Burlington
His popularity continues to rise with the middle-class; Victoria and
Albert Museum, London, collects his works.
Art collector Austin Coates remarks that ‘nearly everything in his
pictures has a reason and a meaning’ about the painting Bride and
Two Companions painted in this year.
Is exhibited in New York.
Is conferred the Padma Bhushan by Government of India.
Is elected the first fellow by the national Lalit Kala Akademi.
Austin Coates says about Dual Cats With One Crayfish painted in this
year, ‘Yet another new style, colours reduced in number and very
restrained, an almost overwhelming sense of formality’; cats were a
favourite subject for Roy.
Debabrata Roy’s documentary film, Portrait of a Painter, dedicated
to Jamini Roy’s extraordinary practice, was produced by the Films
Division in 1989 and is one of the finest records of the artist’s career
consisting of material filmed before the artist’s death in 1972.
Featured in the film is a segment where he is seen working on this
painting in his Calcutta studio.
Passes away in Calcutta on 24 April; The Times, in its obituary, notes:
‘His studio was a place of pilgrimage for all interested in the artistic
heritage of Bengal and in his own delightful person he typified a
generation and a culture.'
Government of India declares Jamini Roy, Rabindranath Tagore and
Nandalal Bose ‘National Treasures’, whose works cannot be exported.
A postage stamp featuring Jamini Roy’s work is released by India
Post Office; later, more postage stamps featuring his work continue to be released.
‘The Body Unbound’ at Rubin Museum of Art, New York, includes his
‘Jamini Roy. From Tradition to Modernity. The Kumar Collection’ is
shown at Museo delle Culture di Lugano, Switzerland.
The artist’s birth anniversary is celebrated with a Google Doodle.