1890 - 14/02/1964




Artist Profile


He was born in Calcutta, West Bengal. Famous as a painter yet a versatile artist, widely acknowledged as revivalist of tradition but very progressive in outlook and approach to art and life, Asit Haldar had a rich wealth of styles, techniques and themes in a variety of his works scattered all over India and abroad. Halder proved his creative talents quite early in his life. He had his roots in the rich cultural heritage of India. He tried to rediscover the canons of Oriental Art through his works the lines, the form, the colours, and above all, the spirit. His paintings have a strong poetic content, which touches one`s feelings deep. Even a man like Rabindranath Tagore drew inspiration for his poems from Haldar`s work, specially his sensitive brush drawings of lyrical scenes from village life. Inspite of exacting copies he had to execute of fresco painting at Ajanta caves between 1909 and 1921 with Lady C.J. Herringham, his own style of work remained unaffected


  • 1906-10 Student of Abanindranath Tagore and Leonard Jennings, Govt. College of Art and Craft, Calcutta.


  • 1908, 10, 12 Exhb., Indian Society of Oriental Art, Calcutta.
  • 1909 Indian Society of Oriental Art exhb., Simla.
  • 1911 Indian Society of Oriental Art, United Provinces Exhibition, Allahabad.
  • 1911 Festival of Empire, Crystal Palace, England (Organized by Indian Society of Oriental Art for George-Vs Coronation).
  • 1914 22nd Exhb. of Societe des Peinters Orientalistes Francaise Grand Palaise, Paris.
  • Traveling to Belgium and Holland and Imperial Institute, England.
  • 1924 Traveling exhb. of the USA, organized by the American Federation of Art and Indian Society of Oriental Art.
  • 1928 Exhb., Athenee Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 1930 Retrospective, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • 1938 Inaugural exhb., Haldar Hall, Allahabad Museum, Allahabad.
  • 1990 Retrospective in his honour, organised by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • 2003 Manifestations, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, World Trade Center, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.
  • 2004 Manifestations II, organise


  • Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata.
  • Allahabad Museum, Allahabad.
  • Indian Museum, Kolkata.
  • Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
  • Rothenstein Museum, London.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
  • Delhi Art Galley, New Delhi.


  • 1934 First Indian Fellow of the Royal Society of Art, London.
  • 1938 Haldar hall was inaugurated at the Allahabad Museum, Allahabad.


Asit Kumar Haldar`s creative imagery is ceaseless. His art is not an abstruse expression or inticulate pattern, it is value-laden narrative, speaking out at once its inner meaning to the observer. His art is singularly free of the tendencies which mark the pseudo-modern contemporary art of India. Haldar`s art edifies the oriental ideology that lays down the establishment of empathy between the artist and his beholder and the resultant self-identification of the behold with the work of art. Though largely drawing from the Indian mythology and ethos, he was responsive to the happenings with the modern `isms` also. He raised illustrative art in India to level that had never been achieved before for its languid beauty and strangeness of conception.


1911-23 Principal of Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan. 1924 Principal, Maharaja School of Art and Craft, Jaipur. 1925-45 Principal, Govt. College of Art and Craft, Lucknow. 1934, 55, 56 Visiting Lecturer, Calcutta University, Calcutta. 1934 Delivered Lectures at Baroda Museum, Baroda. 1949 Visiting Lecturer, Asiatic Society of India, Calcutta.