Baul Singers

by Tapas Sarkar
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Size (WxDxH): 7 x 5.5 x 13 inches
Material: Bronze
Year: 2019


The Baul, or Bauls, are a group of singing minstrels from the Bengal region of the Indian subcontinent, comprising Bangladesh, West Bengal and parts of Tripura and Assam. The Bauls are a heterogenous group comprising mainly of Vaishnava Hindus as well as Sufi Muslims. They can be identified by their musical instruments and distinctive clothes, and are known for their unconventional ways and the freedom and spontaneity of their mystical verse. This exquisitely carved bronze sculpture by Tapas Sarkar depicts three Baul singers playing their musical instruments.
  • ABOUT Tapas Sarkar

    Born in 1952 in West Bengal, India, Tapas Sarkar is a renowned Indian sculptor. A graduate of the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata, he worked as a modeler and head of the studio at the Indian Museum in Kolkata for many years, before giving it up to pursue sculpting as a fulltime profession.

    Tapas Sarkar’s sculptures are a celebration of all forms of life, and range across various mediums, from bronze, terracotta and plaster, to glass-wool, aluminium, and scrap. His works find inspiration in mythology and the Kalighat tradition of Bengal painting, which he reinterprets to form captivating contemporary narratives.

    Founder of the Sculpture Gallery in Kolkata, Tapas has held more than 10 solo shows and 8 joint exhibitions across various Indian cities, including Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Santiniketan. He has participated in more than 80 group shows and has executed 34 giant installations, in sizes ranging from 10 to 55 feet, for important institutions and public places including NTPC, SAIL, IFFCO, and State and Central Government organizations. Tapas has also participated in several Indian and international camps and workshops.

    Tapas Sarkar has received several awards and scholarships such as the Governor’s Gold Medal, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, Rabindra Bharati University and State Lalit Kala Academy, M.P. He has toured and held talks on the ‘Indian Sculpture Contemporary Scene’ in various European countries, organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), in 1999. Adding yet another feather to his cap, the Kolkata Port Trust installed a work by Tapas Sarkar, on its 150th anniversary. The artist lives and works in Kolkata.
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