On display in the exhibition are the poetry and calligraphy of Nilanjan Bandyopadhyay.
Nilanjan Bandyopadhyay was born (21 September 1974) and raised at Santiniketan. His many visits to Japan and subsequent cultural interactions have greatly influenced his poetry, calligraphy, and his way of life.
He has introduced a type of cursive Bengali calligraphy, using Japanese writing materials, which often transports one beyond its meaning, to an abstract and spiritual realm. He has also introduced an Indian tea ceremony, ‘Bodhi-Cha’, combining the elements of various eastern tea traditions. He usually writes short verses in Bengali. His poetry and calligraphy celebrate the mystery of nature and the universe, the beauty of incompleteness impermanence, and the imperfection of life. His minimalist and ‘wabi’-life has found its home at ‘Kokoro’— his Japan-inspired residence and studio at Santiniketan.
The unmistakable force and refined austerity of his works are a testimony to his simple yet inspiring way of living amidst nature with a realisation that life is delightful as it is utterly transient, imperfect, and fragmented.
Arthshila Santiniketan, Plot no. 424, Shyambati, Santiniketan Bolpur, District Birbhum, West Bengal, 731204, India.