An artist who was a world citizen by his desire and capacity, yet firmly rooted in the most intrinsic attributes of the cultural tradition that reared him. His first magnum opus in this genre was the Santal Family done in His sand and pebble sculptures are noted for a typical, lyrical, metrical sensuality, which has an amazing oneness with nature.
His talent, prodigious for his age, attracted the attention of local people, especially of the nationalists with whom he was associated. At the age of 16, Ramkinkar got noticed by the renowned journalist and editor of Prabasi as well as Modern Review, Ramananda Chattopadhyay, at whose behest Ramkinkar joined the Kala Bhavana of the Visva-Bharati University as a student of Fine Arts three yearslater, in No less active in the field of painting, his works in oil have the same vitality that he invested in his sculptures.
In that sense, he was a Bengali, not an Adivasias many people usually think.
A famous Bengali magazine, "Desh" used to publish articles written by Basu. Based on all these resources, over a period of three years, a new picture of Ramkinkar Baij evolved. Though he liked to sing Tagore song and Lalongiti he also listened to the western classics provided by Satyajit Ramkinkar baij film maker.
The book is believed to be the most comprehensive one on Ramkinkar Baij. Inthe year Ramkinkar did his famous oil painting Birth of Krishna, his works three on this occasion once again featured in an exhibition in Paris. Siva Kumar was launched at this event. Eminent painters like Beohar Rammanohar Sinha  and Jahar Dasguptaboth students of Shantiniketan were his disciple.
He used local material advantageously, and worked combining the skills of a modeller and a carver. InRamkinkar started the sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi in direct concrete for the Government of Assam, though he left the work to be completed by his assistants.
Santhal Family is widely considered to be the first public Modernist sculpture in India. Through his sculptures, he represented the tribal peasants of the region, giving the figures iconic presence and dignified grace that was so far limited to the images of Gods and Rulers. Not everyone appreciated his art even in Santiniketan, and it was Tagore, who, after seeing his first free-standing outdoor sculpture in concrete, Sujatasaid that he be allowed to sculpt as he wanted across the campus.
Personal life Ramkinkar was a bachelor throughout his life; he lived with Radharani Dashi. His works in the Kalighat tradition interconnected with Cubism to achieve a peculiarly personal idiom.
He was awarded Deshikottom by Visva-Bharati University. He said I would have to start afresh. Baij died on August 2,in Kolkata. Paintings Contribution to Sculpture — Santhal Family Initially, he started making sculptures which were innovative in subject matter and personal in style.
Ritwik Ghatak wisely made a documentary on Baij named ' Ramkinkar ' where he featured him as a political icon. There is a book called "Dekhi Nai Fire" meaning Haven't looked back. He turned some pages and threw it out of the window. Style[ edit ] Ramkinkar Baij responded to the natural zest for life, and took a great interest in human figures, body languageand in the general human drama.
The use of cement and laterite mortar to model the figures, and the use of a personal style in which modern western and Indian pre-classical sculptural values were brought together was equally radical.
Summary Ramkinkar Baij was the earliest Indian artist to experiment with abstract sculptural forms. When it was finished inthe sculptures had exceeded the original cost estimate and deadline. Inthis large-scale environmental sculpture was ultimately got installed. But this did not stop his work from being noticed and appreciated by sensitive artists and connoisseurs, even if it were to remain a small group.
Ramkinkar Baij () was perhaps an artist who understood 'modernity' and its connections to art practice, undoubtedly more intuitively than in an informed or acquired manner, at least in his initial years, as a young artist in Santiniketan, Bengal.
Ramkinkar Baij (Bengali: রামকিঙ্কর বেইজ) (26 May – 2 August ) was an Indian sculptor and painter, one of the pioneers of modern Indian sculpture and a key figure of Contextual Modernism. Early life and career. Baij was born in an economically modest family in the Bankura district of the modern state of West Bengal in India.
Dec 17, · Ramkinker Baij (), was a powerful modern painter and sculptor, best known for his magnum opus “Santhal Family” sculpture. Born in the Bankura District of West Bengal, Baij was a son of a village masseuse and barber. He came to Santiniketan on account of the skilful posters he painted. Ramkinkar Baij was the earliest Indian artist to experiment with abstract sculptural forms.
His oil on canvas paintings have a singular experimenting quality going beyond its time, unregimented by dogmas and with only one commitment - to be unstintingly creative.
Jun 14, · Ramkinkar Baij (or Ramkinkar)- is an incomplete personality study or documentary on sculptor Ramkinkar Baij created by legendary filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak.
Aug 26, · Baij had struggled with his identity during the initial years of his art practice. He used several names — some of his earliest works, reproduced in the journal Prabasi, carry the name Ramkinkar elleandrblog.com: Vandana Kalra.Ramkinkar baij