If he could draw as a newborn, he would have. Born right into the middle of India’s struggle for freedom in Amara Banla (eng. Bengal), even as a child, Dhiraj Choudhury absorbed the realities of life in those tough times including the great Bengal famine of 1943.
Revolutionaries like Khudiram Bose, Aurobindo Ghosh, Rasbihari Bose, Subhash Chandra Bose inspired his thoughts of a contemporary India, a mold where everyone will be an equal. What you see in his works are narratives of socio-political situations of contemporary India. Every work of his is a play in progress, the characters living their part on his canvas. The dynamic choreography allows neither the subject not the viewer to rest.
His restless line speaks volumes, defying tradition, breaking past iconographic niceties. Provocative, agile and with a pinching sense of humor Choudhury’s subjects and scenarios could play in your head, long after you have left their presence.
He delivers as if he is challenging the viewer’s ability to see what he sees. He’s not one for pensive moods, pacifist situations, lulling of conscience or dulling of senses. For him, it is all about inviting you to witness a soul-shaking, nerve-ratting play.
He has been Professor of Art in Delhi College of Art. His students are a wealth to the nation and to the world of art itself. Choudhury has to his credit over 75 solo shows conducted in India, France, Switzerland, England, USA and Singapore. His Saga of India’s freedom struggle is a collection to remember. So is his “Pain, Women and Clown”, 1995, at Birla Academy of Art, Kolkata. His works are part of the prestigious collections at National Gallery of Modern Art, Lalit Kala Academy, Rashtrapati Bhavan, embassies of Belgium, Australia, Netherlands, and Singapore etc. and quite a few private collections at home and abroad. His awards tally stand at over 15 big ones.
Dhiraj Choudhury could well be your gateway to watch human dynamism and perseverance unfold in a pictorial statement of sorts.