About Amlan Dutta

As a former student of Santiniketan [the land of Tagore, Nandalal, SurenKar, Ramkinkar & BinodeBehari& so many…] and its culture and nature, I solemnly involved my heart as a natures lover and traditional artist. Though Indian Paintings has a very long tradition and history in Indian Art. Indian painting provides aesthetic continuums that extend from early civilization.

My painting highly depicts iconographic god, goddess, and tantric forms. Thus it shows the interrelation with each other in the process of the traditional way. My every painting has been inspired by the things around, by the way of life, and the cosmic energy surrounding one another. I have been using yantram or mandala throughout my works which represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically, a microcosm of the universe from a human perspective. According to tantra, all creation is preceded by Bindu, a focal tension that becomes a center of everything. In my paintings, Bindu or circle plays an active role. It highly signifies the starting points in the unfolding of inner space as well as the last point of ultimate integration. According to me, every color has a live sound and in turn, every sound has its form – color. All the mantras, primarily mental sound have their corresponding colors and forms. Throughout my paintings, yantrams highly define the symbolic representation of the aspects of divinity and the creative forces of the universe. The lotus flower typically represents chakras with each petal representing a psychic propensity (vritti) associated with chakras. The upward triangle according to me denotes the energy or more specifically action and service and also the spiritual aspiration. Whereas the downward triangle denotes the spiritual knowledge and the creative power of the cosmos. Balloon plays a central character through my creations. It is highly symbolic which signifies justice.

The process of becoming a part of the globalized world has made India a nation of worry about what makes it’s culturally unique. The impetus to preserve this uniqueness usually falls on rural folk cultures, whose tradition changes more slowly because they have less access to modernizing influences. So as a visual artist and also a native of this country is my duty and short effort to give justice to this traditional form of art which is losing its glory day by day.