Somnath Hore

Born in Barama village in Chittagong (now Bangladesh), Somnath Hore received a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta. From 1954 to 1958, Hore served as a lecturer at the Indian College of Art and Draughtsmanship, Calcutta. Thereafter, until 1967, he worked with several institutions in India, such as the Delhi College of Art, as in-charge of graphics department; MS University in Baroda, as a visiting faculty; and at Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, as the head of the graphic art department. In 1960, he became a member of the Society of Contemporary Artists.

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In 2011, his works were showcased by Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Bangladesh, and Akar Prakar, Kolkata, in the show Wounds – Somnath Hore. His other posthumous exhibitions include Eight Bengal Masters – Miracles of Existence at Musée des Arts Asiatiques de, Nice, France; and Crossings: Time Unfolded II, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi, 2012. Internationally, Hore also participated at the Warsaw Biennale of Graphic Arts, Poland, 1968; Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil, 1963; and Venice Biennale, 1962.
He was recipient of several honours and awards, including multiple National Awards presented by the Lalit Kala Akademi in the 1960s. In 1984, he was conferred with the title of Professor Emeritus, Santiniketan.

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