Basuki Dasgupta is from Bishnupur, a town renowned for its terracotta temples. His entry as a student of fine arts, into the open and free environs of Shantiniketan, in the year 1987, gave him an opportunity to explore his inner expressions in various forms of art. It was here that he started realizing art and its integral relationship with life. Different forms of art like visual and performing, music-folk and classical, now started having more meaning and significance, guided by his Gurus: Jogenda, Sanatda, Suhasda, Sarbarida, Nandada, Laluda, and Somnathda.
He completed his Fine arts degree in 1992 and started his first lesson on mural painting from K.G.Subramanyan. As a student of Master's degree (1992- 94) in Mural, he started to get a clear vision of the term 'wall' visible or invisible. He believes art has the spiritual dimension that can help one to transcend this 'wall' between man and nature - man and god. This idea is reflected in his everyday interactions with fellow beings of all ages, classes and sexes.
He joined the Birla Academy (Swar Sangam) teaching painting and Art History and participated in several art exhibitions. He was engaged with different stage experiments and executed murals at Shantiniketan, Kolkata, Dehradun, Durgapur and his hometown Bishnupur. Through the TVS school, Tumkur, Basuki has now found a platform and supportive environment to experiment and develop his visual language along with that of his students. Working with children has been an enriching experience for Basuki - the simplicity and the ease with which they express ideas without inhibitions has opened new doors, giving more meaning to his thoughts and the courage to come out of restricting norms to experiment with expressions hitherto untried and unknown.
Basuki’s work is one of a kind – he uses unique “mixed media” to depict his creations as he believes that the interplay of texture on rough surfaces of canvas reflect the present day's complexity of human relationships – that could be so simple and easy, and yet are not. As an artist who loves to dabble in music, he carries his mandolin singing loudly in the pattern of Bengali folk singers and sometimes becomes very silent; to listen to the rhythm of emptiness; the sound of bats and squirrels on a quiet midday, in the temple corridors of Bishnupur.