Lot 15: Asit Kumar Haldar (1890 - 1964), Untitled (Radha & Krishna)

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December 9, 2012, 3:00 PM IST
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Description: Untitled (Radha & Krishna)
gouache on paper
Signed lower left
26 x 18.50 in
Artist or Maker: Asit Kumar Haldar (1890 - 1964)
Condition Report: Small tear at bottom. Minute paint loss in
few areas
Provenance: This painting was gifted by the artist to
Dr. Rai Rajeshwar Bali*, a good friend of the artist and
grandfather of the present owner
*Dr. Rai Rajeshwar Bali (1889-1944) was the
Taluqdar of Daryabad, which was a princely state
in North India and is now part of the state of Uttar
Pradesh. An intellectual reformist, Dr. Bali headed
the Taluqdar association of Oudh and served as
education minister of UP from 1924 to 1928. His main
contributions were the passage of the Agra University
act, the establishment of the Montessori system of
education in India, and being one of founding members
of the Colvin Taluqdars' College. Dr. Bali also set up
one of India's first music colleges, the Bhatkhande
College of Hindustani Music in Lucknow, thus bringing
Hindustani classical music to the public
Notes: The extra large haloes surrounding Radha and Krishna
highlight this very tender and romantic setting that
could only be in paradise. Krishna plays the eternal love
song on his flute as Radha sits compassionately beside
him, her gaze saying it all from limitless adoration to
unconditional worship. Asit Kumar Haldar captures
the tenderness of their relationship that is clearly
palpable in the warmth of the colours. Drawing upon
the rich narrative of Indian mythology and Hindu
religion, Haldar's work whether in oil, tempera or
watercolours, exhibits a strong spiritual bend and it is
this that brought him to the notice of the public and
the critics. A versatile artist, he worked with ease as a
painter and a sculptor and was equally proficient at
composing songs, writing poetry, books and numerous
essays for leading periodicals.
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