Ramkinkar Baij

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1906 Born in Bankura, West Bengal, into a family of little economic and social standing
1925 Joined Kala Bhavana, the art school at Santiniketan at the age of nineteen
1928 Learnt from foreign sculptors who were visiting Santiniketan – clay modelling from Viennese sculptor Lisa von Pot; moulding and casting from Bourdelle’s student Marguerite Milward
1934 Joined Kala Bhavana as permanent teacher
1935 Made sculptures in high relief on the wall of Shayamali along with Nandalal and other senior artists; also made free-standing sculpture of Sujata
1936 Started working on Black House project on Kala Bhavana campus. Made portraits of Jaya Appaswamy and Pramod Ganguly
1937 Started experimenting with oil; made Lady with Dog
1938 Made Santhal Family by using direct concrete
1940 Completed free-standing sculpture Lamp Stand at Santiniketan
1943 Created works on Bengal famine
1945 Invited by Nepalese government to make sculptures for ‘Nepal War Memorial’ project
1950 Three works on view at Salon des Realities Nouvelle, Paris. Worked on famous series “Birth of Krishna” in oil
1951 Sent two paintings to Paris International Salon des Mai as Indian ambassador to exhibition. Looked after design and costume of play Arup Ratan at Sangit Bhavan.
1954 Completed famous sculpture Speed
1955 Invited by Government of India to make Yaksha-Yakshi, for the entrance of Reserve Bank, New Delhi. Work completed in 1964.
1956 Executed major work on environment Mill Call in direct concrete
1961 First combined solo show on painting and sculpture hosted by Calcutta Art Council at Calcutta Artistry House
1965 Finished fish sculpture for Pampa Lake in Uttarayan
1966 Started sculpture relief The Birth of Fire
1967 Solo show of works at Nandan, Kala Bhavana
1968 Began outdoor sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi
1969 Promoted to post of permanent professor
1970 Awarded Padma Bhushan by Government of India
1971 Retired from Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University
1972 Second solo exhibition at Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
1973 Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and etchings at Rabindra Bhavan on his 67th birthday
1975 Promoted to Professor Emeritus of Visva Bharati
1976 Received fellowship from Lalit Kala Akademi
1977 Awarded Deshikottam, highest honour at Visva Bharati
1979 Awarded Honorary D. Litt. by Rabindra Bharati University
1980 Passed away on August 2, cremated at Santiniketan where he spent 55 years


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