ABOUT me

Born on October 21, 1994, Arnab, a self taught freelance artist and previously proclaimed “Child Prodigy”, held his Solo Art Exhibitions- the first in 1999 (at the age of 4+) and the second in 2002 (at the age of 7+), both at Nehru Children’s Museum, Kolkata. His first Group Exhibition was held in 2005 at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata, along with four middle-aged artists passed from the Government Art College. Sony TV Ltd. with Panorama TV sponsored the exhibition in 2002. Arnab's third solo art exhibition was held at Gaganendra Pradarshashala, Kolkata in 2006. Arnab’s album on art works with writings on him by celebrated personalities from different walks of life including eminent artists like Ganesh Haloi, B.R. Panesar, Niranjan Pradhan, Bimal Kundu, Sukti Subhra Pradhan was published in 2002. Eminent artists, namely, Shyamal Dutta Ray, Paritosh Sen, Rebati Bhushan Ghosh (cartoonist of Times of India), Amitava Banerjee, Sunil Paul, Pradip Maitra, Washim Kapoor, Uma Siddhanta, Sukti Subhra Pradhan and art critic Prasanta Daw highly appreciated Arnab’s work. A host of distinguished personalities from various other walks of life including Chittotosh Mookherjee (former Chief justice of Maharashtra, and Calcutta High Courts) and Samir Kumar Mookherjee (former Acting Chief justice, Calcutta High Court) also acclaimed Arnab’s work. The Statesman, Kolkata had declared Arnab “Small Wonder” on 11th March 1999. A special feature under the title “The Child artist” was brought out by The Statesman, Kolkata, in its special column ‘Voices’ on 12th August 1999, on the occasion of the 50th year of Indian Independence. His vision on ‘Kolkata ‘2050’ was published in ‘Kolkatar Karcha’ of Ananda Bazaar Patrika on 1st January, 2001. The Telegraph, Kolkata declared him the “Calcuttan of the Week” on 17th January, 2002 with a column entirely devoted to him on its Metro page. Various other national dailies have from time to time brought out features on him. Documentaries were made on Arnab’s works by E-TV, in the ‘Hello India’ slot in 1997, Tara News Broadcasting in 2002, Doordarshan, Kolkata, 2005 and Kolkata TV in 2006. The collectors of Arnab's works include, amongst others, Buddhadev Bhattercharjee (former Chief Minister of West Bengal), M.K. Narayanan (former Governor of West Bengal), M. Hamid Ansari (Vice President of India), Hansraj Bhardwaj (Governor of Karnataka), Nehru Children's Museum, Kolkata, Don Bosco, Park Circus, Kolkata, The Bhawanipur Education Society College, Kolkata. Having completed his Primary and Secondary schooling from Don Bosco School, Park Circus, Kolkata, and a graduate in B.Com (Honors) from The Bhawanipur Education Society College, Kolkata, Arnab has his own studio covering an area of about 900 Sq.ft. at his residence at Lake Town which was inaugurated in 2005 in presence of celebrated personalities from different walks of life including Sanjib Chattopadhya and Taradas Bandopadhyay (litterateurs), Nabyendu Chatterjee (film director), Bijoy Roy (journalist), and Biman Mukhopadhyay (singer). Many of the eminent painters and sculptors of Bengal named above also participated on the occasion. Arnab is the youngest of a family of four-his father an advocate of Calcutta High Court, mother a homemaker, and the elder sister a lecturer. The Kalipuja at his residence dates back to more than 255 years. His house, during Kalipuja every year, is visited by tourists from different parts of the country and abroad. Download Biodata