Kalidas Karmakar no more
Published : Saturday, 19 October, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 335
Noted printmaker cum painter Kalidas Karmakar passed away on October 18 at his Eskaton residence in the city. He was 75. Born on January 10, 1946, in Faridpur, Kalidas completed his graduation from the Government College of Fine Arts and Crafts in Kolkata in 1969. He completed his pre-degree study in Fine Arts at the Institute of Fine Arts (now the Faculty of Fine Arts), University of Dhaka in 1964. The artist received numerous awards for his contribution to art in Bangladesh and abroad.
Kalidas Karmakar's images reflect anger, frustration, suffering, death, destruction and his subjects encapsulate the misery of common Bangladeshis in times of war, floods, cyclones, famines, political and economical turmoil.
As a painter, Kalidas feels that he has a responsibility to his country. He records time, history and incidents in our urban and rural lives. His language is distinctive as he uses the canvas to protest cruelty, inequality, political chaos, poverty and violence in our daily lives.
In his long and chequered life, Kalidas has gradually transformed himself into an abstract expressionist. His works are form and colour-oriented. He prefers bold brush strokes, bright colours, light and shade. In his use of materials and tints, he frequently goes for the bold and natural. Kalidas was increasingly imparting messages through his paintings and he was becoming more innovative, using space to increasingly interact with faces, figures and objects on his canvas. These works simultaneously showcase technical excellence and a mature intellect.