ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Ganesh Pyne (1937-2013)

In the late 1980s, we, a few friends, started visiting Basanta Cabin in College Street for our daily adda. This dingy restaurant was located in a market in central Calcutta near Presidency College. Every evening we found a dhoti-panjabi-clad Bengali bhadralok chatting with his friends in a corner table of the restaurant. Very soon, we came to know that he was a famous painter, Ganesh Pyne.

Born in the city in 1937, he had to go through a period of struggle in his early life. He studied at the Government Arts College in the 1950s. After his formal training, he went to the job market in vain. He applied for and was refused a lecturership in the Government Arts College and Rabindra Bharati University. He even applied for jobs in Howrah District School, in a school in Barasat and some other drawing schools.

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