Sanatan Dinda (born 1971) discovers the beautiful a midst the ruins of a dilapidated city; his work becomes lyrical while he puts his signature on the curves and cleavages of sculpted human bodies. Born in the intestines of North Kolkata, the lanes and by lanes of Kumartuli, the squalor and the dirt, the refinement and nuances of a traditional craft of idol-making, the ancient river, the lonely bathing places taught him everything. Poverty all around, Sanatan had enough courage, even in his formative years, to convince himself that eternity could be invented, here and now, in a day. His art, both sculpture and painting, engages in a dialogue between tradition and modernity. Today, his work can be considered to be a prime example of contemporary Bengali visual culture. For last few years, Sanatan has been trying to stress upon traditional clay-sculpting – primarily the local popular sculpture of Mother-goddesses – as an extension of mainstream art within the domain of modern installation art practices
His acceptance is far and wide, from Buckingham Palace to Sachin Tendulkar’s drawing-room. His connoisseurs include a diverse range of people, from Sanjib Goenka,Harsh Goenka,Tina Anil Ambani,Shaharukh Gouri Khan and Jyoti Vikram Thapar to Amitabh Bachchan. His exhibitions have been appreciated both at home and abroad.
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