Sudhir Ranjan Khastgir

Originally hailing from undivided Bengal’s Chittagong district, Sudhir Ranjan Khastgir studied fine arts under Nandalal Bose in Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan. Like his classmate Ramkinkar Baij, he took up sculpture as a subject, learning carving in 1933 under the sculptor Ganpath Kashinath Mahatre in Bombay. That same year, he joined Scindia School, Gwalior, as a teacher, shifting, later, to Doon School, Dehra Dun. While still a teacher, Sudhir Ranjan received a postgraduate scholarship to work at Deutsch Academy, Munich, in 1937. In England, his solo exhibition was opened by the eminent sculptor Eric Gill. In 1956, after the death of Lalit Mohan Sen, he was appointed principal of the College of Arts and Crafts, Lucknow, from where he retired in 1962.

Like Debi Prasad, Baij and Chintamoni Kar, Khastgir too was a painter-sculptor, and did portraits of several eminent Indian and British personalities, including Rabindranath Tagore and Jawaharlal Nehru. His sculptural compositions include themes from the real as well as the mythical worlds. In his paintings, he idealised the toilers of the land, and responded to the beauty of landscapes, but also drew from a historical past. In 1957, he received the Padma Shri.

Artwork for Sale

Dancing Woman
by Sudhir Ranjan Khastgir

Size:

48 X 36 inches

Hay Cart
by Sudhir Ranjan Khastgir

Size:

18 X 12 inches

Old Man
by Sudhir Ranjan Khastgir

Size:

21 X 15 inches