Mantu Das

Mantu Das

Bio
Mantu Das studied painting at Kala Bhavana,
Santiniketan (BFA and MFA). He has had two Solo
Shows at Santiniketan and Bangalore. His works
received awards at the 3rd and 5th National Junior
Artists’ Exhibition (2006, 2008). His works have
been selected for Group Exhibitions in India, and
at Art Fairs in Germany and UK. He has been
invited for Residency Projects, Artists’ Camps and
Workshops as well.

Statement
This work is inspired by a popular Assamese folk
tale that I had heard often in my childhood. It tells
the story of a king and queen (Komola Konwori) who
loved each other deeply. One year their kingdom
was struck by a horrible drought, the crops failed
and the rivers and wells ran dry. The king was visited
in his dream by Lord Indra, the God of Rain, who told
him that king must dig a deep well at the centre of
the dry lake near the palace. Then the queen must
climb into the well and sit at its bottom and wait
for the rains to come. The king was frightened for
he knew that his beloved queen will surely drown,
but he had to choose between his dying, suffering
people and the love for his queen. What do you think
he chose?