31/07/1891 - 1975




Artist Profile


He was born in Nimtita, Murshidabad District, West Bengal. He was strongly influenced by Sri Chaitanyas Vaisnavism. Worked as stage and curtain designer in a drama group in Bihar. Accomplished singer of songs from Sri Krishna Leela, took training in hymn-singing from Navdweep Brajwasi. Interpreted legends from the Indian epics and Puranas.


  • Studied in the village middle school.
  • 1905 Joined Govt. School of Art, Calcutta.


  • 1908 Inaugural exhb., Indian Society of Oriental Art, Calcutta (Also in 1910, 12).
  • 1909 Indian Society of Oriental Art Exhb., Simla.
  • 1911 Indian Society of Oriental Art, United Provincess Exhb. Allahabad.
  • 1914 22nd Exhb. of Societe des Peintres Orientalistes Franoise, Grand Palais, Paris.
  • Exhibited at Festival of Empire, Crystal Palace, Organised by Indian Society of Oriental Art, for George Vs Coronation England.
  • Travelling exhb. to Belgium, Holland.
  • Travelling exhb. in USA, organised by American Federation of Art, organised byAmerican Federation of Art.
  • 1915-16 Indian Society of Oriental Art Exhb. Calcutta & Young Mens Indian Association, Madras.
  • 1928 Exhb., organised by J.Cousins, Athene Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 1949 Retrospective, Varanasi (Also in 1964).
  • 1963 Retrospective, Calcutta.
  • 2003 Manifestations, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, World Trade Center, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.
  • 2004 Manifestations II, organised by De


  • Indian Museum, Kolkata.
  • Allahabad Museum, Allahabad.
  • Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
  • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
  • Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • Lalit Kala Akademi, Luchnow.
  • Allahabad Museum, Allahabad.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
  • Ronaldshay, London.
  • Jane and Kito de Boer, Dubai.
  • Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.


  • 1905 Awarded a monthly scholarship of Rs.20 in the first year of college, Govt. School of Art, Calcutta.
  • 1963 Felicitated with Merit Award, Bengal Congress Committee, Calcutta.
  • Awarded honorary D. Litt, Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta.


shitindranath carried on the trend of revivalism that Abanindranath started, with some deviations. His figures, their idyllic settings and colours convey his own stylistic talents. He was famous for his depiction of mythological and religious subjects. Many of such works reveal his extraordinary power of expression inspired by his personal understanding of religious concepts of `Bhakti`.


1912-30 Art Teacher and Principal, Indian Society of Oriental Art, Calcutta. 1942-64 Principal, Art Deptt., Allahabad University, Allahabad.