Sudhir Ranjan Khastgir was an Indian Artist and was known for his “Indian Style” painting. Sudhir Khastgir was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh on 24 September 1907. He graduated from Visva-Bharati University at Santiniketan in 1929. He was influenced by the Tagore family and his classic works include paintings of scenes from Indian mythologies, women, and village life. Sudhir Khastgir was also the first Art teacher at The Doon School, Dehradun, when it opened in 1935.
Sudhir Khastgir was inspired by paintings of Van Gogh, his themes being mainly cheerful dancers, santhals, Palash flowers, Amaltash trees.
Sudhir Khastgir won many laurels for his artistic achievements and had untiring quest for self-expression. He was unique because he accepted the `return to nature` philosophy of Shantiniketan without accepting its style. He died on 6 June 1974
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- 1925 Passed Matric Examination.1925 Joined bachelor?s course, Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan.
- 1929 Graduated under Nandalal Bose, Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan.
- 1937 Studied bronze casting, London.
- 1946 Wrote short articles for the Modern Review, the Orient Illustrated Weekly, the Illustrated Weekly of India.
- 1934 Group Exhibition of works with students of Doon School at the India Society in England.
- 1937 Solo Exhibition, India House, London.
- 1939 Solo Exhibition in Allahabad.
- 1942 Solo Exhibition, organised by Punjab Literacy League, Lahore.
- 1943 Solo Exhibition, Young Men?s Christian Association Hall, New Delhi.
- 1944 Exhibition, organised by Young Men?s Christian Association, Massey Hall.
- 1945 Solo Exhibition, Cama Oriental Institute Hall, Bombay.
- 1946 Exhibition, Bombay Art Society Salon, Bombay.
- 1947 Solo Exhibition, organised by Royal Indian Society, Imperial Institute, South Kensington.
- 1948 Solo Exhibition, Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan.
- 1952 Solo Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta.
- 1953 Solo Exhibition, Mussourie.
- 1953 Solo Exhibition, Academy Salon, India Museum, Calcutta.
- 1953 Solo Exhibition, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi.
- 1954 Solo Exhibition, Burnpore, West Bengal.
- 1954 Participated in the Exhibition of Modern Indian Sculptures, New Delhi.
- 1954 Combine Exhibition with Prabhat Niyogi and Benode Behari Mukherji, Mussourie.
- Lucknow University, Lucknow.
- Indian Embassy, Kartoon.
- All-India Radio, Calcutta.
- Governor of Uttar Pradesh
- Govt. House. Nevielle Tuli, Bombay.
- Sanskrit University Indian Embassy
- Kartoon All-India Radio, Kolkata.
- Governor House, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh.
- Allahabad Municipal Museum, Allahabad.
- 1937 Traveling Fellowship offered by the Deutsch Academy of Munich.Fellow, Royal Society of Art, London.
- 1958 Awarded ‘Padmashree’, Govt. of India.
- 1933 Art Teacher, Scindia School, Gwalior. 1936-56 Art Teacher, Doon School, Dehradun.
- 1956 Invited by the Utter Pradesh Authorities to run the Govt. Art College, Lucknow.
- 1956 Principal, Govt. College of Art and Culture, Lucknow.
- 1963 Was invited by Vice Chancellor of Visva Bharat, Justice Sudhir Ranjan Das to take over as principal of Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan.