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Amitabh Sengupta has a colourful life as a painter, researcher and traveller. His primary discipline, painting, extended to many other areas, such as photography, video, and observing socio-cultural trends of places and countries wherever he lived. He studied in Calcutta, Paris and the USA. He was the Head of Visual Arts at the University of Port Harcourt. He organized the shaping of the new Art Department in Port Harcourt.

We should not eat and as a result die singing Modi mantra. So disgusting to see that all educated people are now falling into religion/caste lines like Modi.Modi should now take a step and rest a little, that is the way of life !

Why are Dalits interested to be Brahmins,as the Indian Constitution has no special privilege for Brahmins? Many deaths occur unnoticed. Government does not bother.We accept death so lightly these days as our government is creating neo-casteism.

Some are so scared these days that if you attack Modi, they react as if their father is in danger. On the contrary, Gandhis are out of focus now in the sponsored advertisement war !

When you love somebody too much.. that person always leaves so soon…..Dear,this is life !! Only romanticizing the past without any vision for the future and without any act at present to end poverty and communalism is of no purpose - Discovery of India .

Strange but true is that the funds allocated by the government of India for Beti Bachao Beti Padhao have been spent on advertisements of the PM . Great that PM Modi has again managed to become the most popular leader of the world thanks to advertisements  these days !

When will you come back Home ?

Silence hurts,let us start talking
Dear Kapil,when will you come back home ?

Neighbours may be waiting for your return
And,you have been roaming in the market for a long
Tell us,what is today's rate of onions....

Your path of return is full of dark
Will you tell us ,what you saw in the market
Plunder at one place and Baba's blessed powders at the other
and at places there is chant for the  God

Well done,you saw everything and did not utter a single word
those who raised voice yesterday
are banished today from the state
and thieves move in the disguise of police

Wanted to go back to village
But don't you know,
your village have been eaten away by the
smart city
see around ,you will find slums,labourers,masters
and how shoes  fit into the paws of leaders

What you saw in the lit fest that you went to, Kapil  !
votes decide fate of creations
and currencies  demark the boundaries of poetry
waste land of  Almighty's  deaf chairs

Silence hurts
and it pains to walk in an unknown route
how useless are words in the
merchant's world
Blind King in the Blind Kingdom
and donkeys enjoy their time
Why are you then moving
throughout the hot afternoon Kapil
in so much sun and rain !
It's abnormally late now dear
Let's go back home.

In a lost independent country like ours, I may not live for long. Poetry is the only solace for me these days.

My friends include many prominent authors and artists. One of them,Amitabh Sengupta is an eminent artist from Bengal/India. His international journey and experience is rich with cultural anecdotes.

Amitabh Sengupta has a colourful life as a painter, researcher and traveller. His primary discipline, painting, extended to many other areas, such as photography, video, and observing socio-cultural trends of places and countries wherever he lived. He studied in Calcutta, Paris and the USA. He was the Head of Visual Arts at the University of Port Harcourt. He organized the shaping of the new Art Department in Port Harcourt.

After eleven years, working in two universities and observing the social change in Nigeria and Europe, he returned to Calcutta in 1989.  His works have been exhibited in India, Paris, the UK, the USA, Austria, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, and Dhaka. His writings reflect some of the critical events, such as his experience during the student revolt in Paris, the fall of the petrodollar economy and the cultural shift with British rule in Nigeria. He listened to talks by Jean-Paul Sartre in Paris in 1968; Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka in the seventies in Nigeria. He organized the Art Trust with young artists. However, his attempt to create a dialogue between artist-poets-writers, identify the reasons for the social alienation of art in India, and develop programs-activities, research, etc., has been a total failure.

His recent interest is travelling through the village life of North Bengal, making movies, or painting. He is eighty now. His recent book, ‘The History of Modernism in India’, is published from New Delhi, the Swati Publications, Agam House, 2021; ‘Memoir of an Artist’, Partridge Publishing, UK, 2014; ‘Scroll Paintings of Bengal - Art in the Village’, Authorhouse, UK, 2012,

I have respect for the way Amitabh Da’ moves. Art and culture are not in the preferred list these days, but the world can’t live without art and culture forever !

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