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Dhiraj Choudhury

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About Artist

Dhiraj Choudhary makes no bones about the fact that he is a politically and socially motivated artist. He says, "For me, art is not merely an exercise in aesthetics or technical expertise. That is the reason I have ne...

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Dhiraj Choudhary makes no bones about the fact that he is a politically and socially motivated artist. He says, "For me, art is not merely an exercise in aesthetics or technical expertise. That is the reason I have never felt the need to pursue 'art for art's sake'. The better part of my creative forces, therefore, has been utilized in portraying the ills of our society, and in doing so, the hungry, the deprived, the tortured, the wounded have invariably crept into my works. The pictures I paint may not be pretty, but they are an expression of my love for humanity and my genuine concern for the world at large. My art is not a pleasure trip. It is the battlefield of my 50-year struggle for freedom, which is still going on!" Born in what is now Bangladesh, Dhiraj Choudhary lived through the freedom struggle, but doesn't believe it is over. There are still promises waiting to be fulfilled and goals waiting to be reached. He also believes that everyday it is a struggle for an artist to rise above their low status.

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  • BIODATA

  • About Artist

    Dhiraj Choudhary makes no bones about the fact that he is a politically and socially motivated artist. He says, "For me, art is not merely an exercise in aesthetics or technical expertise. That is the reason I have never felt the need to pursue 'art for art's sake'. The better part of my creative forces, therefore, has been utilized in portraying the ills of our society, and in doing so, the hungry, the deprived, the tortured, the wounded have invariably crept into my works. The pictures I paint may not be pretty, but they are an expression of my love for humanity and my genuine concern for the world at large. My art is not a pleasure trip. It is the battlefield of my 50-year struggle for freedom, which is still going on!" Born in what is now Bangladesh, Dhiraj Choudhary lived through the freedom struggle, but doesn't believe it is over. There are still promises waiting to be fulfilled and goals waiting to be reached. He also believes that everyday it is a struggle for an artist to rise above their low status.

  • Academics

    1967 Studied at College of Art, New Delhi

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    1960 First solo exhibition, 'Restaurant Life', Albert Hall, Coffee House, Calcutta

    1964 'On Student Life', inaugurated by Prof. H. Kabir, Education Minister, AIFACS, New Delhi



    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    1958 'Development of Indian Civilization', inaugurated by Mr. V.V. Giri, Governor U.P. State, Nainital, Calcutta, Lucknow and Guwahati

    1962 'My Boyhood Days', Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi

    1964 'Mural Painting', exhibition. inaugurated by Mr. Dharamvir, Governor Delhi and at Lucknow

    1971 'Happenings in Bangladesh', exhibition. in aid of Bangladesh, New Delhi, Calcutta and Bombay

    1972 'A Journey from Delhi to Srinagar', inaugurated by Mr. Bhagwan Sahay, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, sponsored by Jammu & Kashmir Academy, Srinagar

    1976 'Tribute to Women's Year', painting and mural, inaugurated by Prof. D.P. Chattopadhyaya, Minister of Commerce, New Delhi

    1976 'Changing Family Patterns in India', 17th International Conference on Family, Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi

  • Award & Recognition

    1950 Governors Medal, West Bengal

    1959 Received award for his water color painting, Govt. College of Art and Craft, Calcutta

    1961 Received award for his graphic art, Delhi Polytechnic, New Delhi

    1964 Award for his mural painting, Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta

    1966 Award for his Poster Design, All India Poster Competition, New Delhi

    1968 Received award from the Railway Board for his mural painting, New Delhi

    1970 AIFACS Award, New Delhi

    1972 Received award for his drawing, M.P. Academy, Madhya Pradesh

    1979 Received award for his drawing, Fine Arts Academy, Amritsar

    1979 AIFACS Award, New Delhi

    1980 Received award for his drawing, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi

    1981 Award for his drawing, A.P. Lalit Kala Academy, Hyderabad

    1981 Received certificate for his drawing, All Indian Exhb. of Drawings, Chandigarh

    1984 Received award for his drawing, National Exhb. of Art, Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi

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