14/11/1888 - 21/07/1940




Artist Profile


Born in Telirbagh, Bangladesh. 1918 Arrived in New Delhi. 1926 Founder member, Sarada Ukil School of Art, New Delhi. Sarada Ukil felt the need to put forward Delhis art and culture both in National and International level and as result in 1928, AIFACS was established in New Delhi.


  • 1905-07 Diploma in Mechanical Draughtsmanship, Govt. School of Art, Calcutta.
  • 1907-11 Diploma in Painting, Govt. School of Art, Calcutta.


  • 1914 Exhb. organised by Indian Society of Oriental Art, Paris.
  • 1914-22 Annual Exhb., Indian Society of Oriental Art, Calcutta.
  • 1923 Exhb., Bombay Art Society, Bombay.
  • 1924 Annual Exhb., New Delhi.
  • 1925 Exhb., Theosophical Society, Madras.
  • 1926-29, Exhb., Geneva, Hague, London and Dublin.
  • 1927 Exhb., Simla Fine Art Society, Simla.
  • 1929 Solo exhb., Imperial Gallery of Art, London.
  • 1930 Mysore Dusshera Exhb., Mysore.
  • 1931 Mysore Art Exhb, Mysore.
  • 1932 Solo exhb., India House, London.
  • 1940 Annual Exhb., AIFACS, New Delhi.
  • 2004 Manifestations II, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.


  • Jagamohan Palace, Mysore.
  • Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Thiruvananthapuram.
  • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
  • Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata.
  • Salarjung Museum, Hyderabad.
  • Royal families of Travancore, Mysore, Patiala, Jaipur, Mandi, Chamba, Coochbehar and Bilaspur.
  • Lord Willingdon.
  • Willium Rothenstien.
  • Mr. Ramsey Macdonald.
  • Lord Zetland.
  • Mr. G.D. Birla.
  • Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.


  • 1930, 31 Awarded the Viceroy Gold Cup, New Delhi.
  • 1940 Gold medal, AIFACS, New Delhi.


The early years of the 20th century saw the calm and conducive weather of History Painting alternate with Romanticism. The artists became visionaries who mirrored a hazy past swayed by the powers of their imagination. It was alluring, poetically ideal, but ethereal. They painted in soft, tonal, analogous watercolour washes wherein theme, mood and style reconciled in a dream. Sarada as a painter explored the epics, history and Indian mythology for the sake of his own artistic expedition into the past. Sarada initiated the Delhi chapter of the Bengal School. During the early 20th century, the Bengal School provided an Indian alternative to the colonial art education that ignored the local tradition. It grew as a historical necessity and a response to the nationalist movement to combat the colonial policy of deculturation. The Indian intelligentsia welcomed the School as mainstream Indian art. Pluralistic in nature, it developed local variations. Sarada too developed his stylistic trai


1912-17 Art Teacher at Gouripur, Assam. 1918 Art Teacher, Modern School, New Delhi. 1926 Taught at Sarada Ukil School of Art, New Delhi.