Invitation to the Indian Society of Oriental Art

The postcards carry occasional information about Ramesh Charan Basu Majumdar’s participation in the activities of Abanindranath Tagore and his art circles in Calcutta. In one dated 20 November 1920, on the eve of his trip to the Bagh caves, Nandalal Bose asks his friend to quickly send one of two of his paintings for an exhibition at the Indian Society of Oriental Art [ISOA] – the Society, he writes, wants the paintings by the end of November, for the time being, just sending in the titles will do. Later, there are references to other December exhibitions of ISOA, where Nandalal was sending in his paintings by 24 November, this time, mounted only on cardboard without glass, where he wanted to include a painting by Ramesh Charan that he had already left with him.


In a postcard written by Nandalal from his home in Calcutta at 2 Rajabagan Street, Hatibagan, postmarked 2 August 1920


He conveys Abanindranath Tagore’s offer to Ramesh Charan – “If he wishes to come and work at the Society [Indian Society of Oriental Art, Calcutta], there can be a scholarship of Rs. 30 kept for him for 6 months. He can come and stay at the Society, and during the vacation, he can go to Bolpur and work with Nandalal.” And tells him to convey his decision to Abanindranath and Gagaenendranath Tagore.

This correspondence also gives a sense of Nandalal Bose sharing his professional career with his friend – as in a postcard written from Santiniketan, postmarked July 1921 , where he writes about his article on the Bagh murals being published from Santiniketan, of his article appearing in the January number of the journal Rupam, [a premier art journal edited by O.C. Gangoly, and published by the Indian Society of Oriental Art, from 1920 to 1930] and of one being converted into English for publication in either Rupam or The Modern Review.