“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” – Rajneesh
These multifarious viewpoints of life and reality have been very adroitly expressed in a very unique formal structure. After a slow but steady sojourn of nearly thirty-five years, Pradhan has made substantial contribution in the modern Indian sculpture which his works very gracefully project.
Niranjan Pradhan emerged as an important sculptor from Calcutta, India in the late 1960s. Intuitive beauty and docile lyrical sensibility coupled with harmonious display of sharp, geometrically defined structural surfaces are the basic characteristics of his three dimensional art. His forms evolve from the inner core of life, from the environment around him. In that sense he is a reality conscious artist.
The greens of vegetation, the murmuring flow of river water, the turbulent waves of the sea, the bright exuberance of the sunlight all around, the endless flow of the myths ubiquitously emanated from the submerged folk-consciousness have created for him a rich storehouse of imagery. The duality of rural and urban sensibility, rather the contradiction between the two is the basic characteristic from which his form grows. His forms are very much modern and flow as an extension of European geometrical cubistic modes; but the root of his consciousness within his own soil helps him to foster his own identity developing modernity within his own heritage.
About the Artist and his work :
Born : 1940.
Art education :
Govt. College of Art & Crafts, Calcutta in 1964 and 1967 (painting and sculpture respectively).
Art appreciation course, Calcutta University, 1972.
Solo Exhibitions :
1975 – Indo-American Society, Kolkata.
1986 – Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, Kolkata.
1991 – Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay.
1993 – Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay..
Group Exhibitions :
1975 – Double life size bronze bust of Deshapran Birendranath Shasmal, Calcutta, India .
1977 – Executed creative metal sculpture [approx. 36 feet], Steel Plant, Bokaro, India.
1979 – Designed and executed Durga Chowk Children’s Park, Haldia, India.
1985 – Double life size bronze bust of Raja Rammohun Roy for Education Department, West Bengal installed at Bristol, UK.
1990 – Bronze statue of Mahanayak Uttam Kumar (famous Bengali actor) [13 feet 4 inches].
2005 – Bronze statue of Sir Ashutosh (half- bust) at the National Science Congress, Kolkata.
2005 – Bronze statue of Satyajit Ray (Oscar Award Winner) installed at Calcutta, India.
National exhibition :
AIFACS, New Delhi;
Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Calcutta; Sculptor’s Guild etc.
1970 – President’s Silver Plaque from All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi.
1976 – Birla Academy Award.
1980 – Birla Academy Award.