'Chittaprosad Bhattacharya was a major player in the rise of revolutionary popular art in India in the 1940s, whose iconic prints of people's resistance against foreign colonial power and the indigenous elite has become legendary. And yet, hardly any systematic work exists on this socially committed graphic artist. Therefore, Dr. Sanjoy Mallik's painstaking and well-researched study of Chittaprosad as an artist helps to close a deeply felt lacuna...' (Excerpt from 'foreword' by Partha Mitter, p.13) 

Authored by Sanjoy Kumar Mallik, this two-volume work offers a comprehensive overview of the self-taught artist Chittaprosad's life and a close analysis of his artistic style. The two volumes present a wide variety of Chittaprosad's artworks: selections from the controversial Hungry Bengal, the Ramayana series, political posters, photographs of his family and puppet theatre, and unpublished manuscripts. The artist's biography is also included. 

The two volumes were published to accompany the exhibition 'The Chittaprosad Retrospective' at Delhi Art Gallery (DAG), 2011. 
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Book I

Section One: The Backdrop - The Decade of the Nineteen-Forties

The Man-made 'Famine' in Bengal

Visualising the Famine

Chittaprosad, Hungry Bengal, and Sketches of the Famine

Other Artists' Responses to the Famine

Posters of the Oppressed Voice

Other Early Works

Section Two: The Nineteen-Fifties and Beyond

The Detached Line

A World in Colour

The Printmaker's Personality

Mirroring Faces

Of and for Children

Epic Tellings


Parallel Issues in the Arts of the Nineteen-Forties

The I. P. T. A. and Nabanna

'Post-Tagorean' Modernism in Bengali Literature

Transforming the Song Tradition in Bengal

Socially Responsive Art and Chittaprosad


Book II

Large Eyes and a Larger Appetite for Discussion - Sunil JANAH

The Genius of Chittaprosad - Kito BOER

Chittaprosad: A Passionate Detachment - Neville TULI


Famine Watch

The Language of Protest

The Painter as Humanitarian

Of and for Children

Celebrating Colour and Life

Reminiscences of Chittaprosad: In Conversation with Ing Fratisek Salaba

Chittaprosad: A Retrospective 1915-1978 | Books 1 & 2
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