She has at the same time a keen sense
of social commitment as illustrated in her pieces on
gender issues and bride-burning. Her intensely personal
experiments with posters and collages are complemented
by her activist inclinations which inspired her to mobilize
street-children into painting on the walls of Kolkata.
Not just a painter, she remains a voice of the city’s
conscience. Her two illustrious brothers --- writer
Kamal Kumar Mazumdar and painter Nirode Mazumdar ---
have been invaluable influences in her life and works.
Shanu has also written her memoirs in two sleek volumes.
The first volume titled SMRITIR COLLAGE [A Collage of
Memories; Published by VIKALP PRAKASHANI, KOLKATA] whcih
portrays her childhood was a best-seller!
“The ancient period of modern Indian art began,
as everyone knows, with the Bengal School…”
(The Telegraph – Calcutta)
Shanu Lahiri (born 1928) a foremost and senior artist
of Bengal studied at the Government School of Art and
Crafts (Calcutta) where she received the President’s
Gold Medal as first student in the school’s history.
Known for her active social life, like mobilising street-children
into painting on the walls of Kolkata or her garbage
cleaning venture with a group called “bhavna”,
her life seems as vital as her paintings.
Shanu Lahiri portrays her childhood not on canvas but
in her memoirs with her first volume titled “Smritir
Collage”, a collage of memories.