INDIAN SOCIETY OF ORIENTAL ART

ESTD: 1907

WELCOME TO INDIAN SOCIETY OF ORIENTAL ART

The Indian Society of Oriental Art was founded in 1907 by a group of enthusiasts, Indian and European, the three Tagore brothers Gaganendranath, Samarendranath and Abanindranath, Principal E.B. Havell and many other leading personalities of the time.


  • For the best part of the nineteenth century, Indian art was soulless art of a disinherited people. And so it remained till towards the end of the first decade of the twentieth century. When an Englishman of rare discernment and enlightenment, E.B.Havell, the Principal of Government School of Art, Calcutta, stirred the interest of his colleague Vice Principal Abanindranath Tagore in the wonders of Indian art and awakened the latter's creative genius which brought about India's artistic renaissance and brought into being the Indian Society of Oriental Art.
  • The Indian Society of Oriental Art was founded in 1907 by a group of enthusiasts, Indian and European, the three Tagore brothers Gaganendranath, Samarendranath and Abanindranath, Principal E.B. Havell and many others leading personalities of the time .The objects of the Society were to reenfranchise and revitalize Indian art by releasing it from the deadweight of imitativeness of academic Western art and to reawaken among our countrymen awareness of the truth that art to be valid, must have its roots in the past and must be sapful of its native soil.
  • In and around this organization gathered those early pupils of Abanindranath Tagore who became famous later. Among them Nandalal Bose, Asit Kumar Halder, Samarendranath Gupta were the foremost. It was Abanindranath who moulded ideas and materials to create new art forms in sync with modern India. Since then, the Society has endeavoured to preserve the essential Indian flavor and yet remain relevant. With its manifold activities, such as lectures, exhibitions, art publications, the Society spread the knowledge and appreciation of art that was truly Indian at home and abroad.
  • It was under the auspices of the Society that one of the finest of art magazines called "Rupam" ,edited by O.C. Ganguly, appeared in the 1920's.Its successor "Journal of the Indian Society of Oriental Art", which was edited for many years by Abanindranath Tagore and Dr.Stella Kramrisch and subsequently by others, continued to be published.
  • This prodigious legacy was conserved and carried forward by with great dexterity by eminent artist Gopen Roy. He was the President of the society and Editor of the Journal for long years. At present Sri Tejendra Kumar Roy is the President of the society and Dr. Sumon Roy is the Honorary Secretary .