Sudipta Das studied Painting at Kala Bhavana,
Santiniketan, West Bengal (BFA: 2009; MFA: 2011). She
was awarded the Saavad Residency at Santiniketan for
six months (2011), and later at the Kanoria Centre for
the Arts Residency in Ahmedabad. She has had a Solo
Show at Gandhara Art Gallery in 2013. Her works have
been selected for participation in prestigious and curated
Group Shows in Mumbai, Kolkata, Kochi, New Delhi,
Santiniketan, and Guwahati. She has also participated in
several Artists’ Camps in Bangalore, Jodhpur, Puri.
My work is often related with history and memory of the
Partition of India and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).
In this work too my story concerns the ‘partition’ of
the two rivers, Brahmaputra and Padma. I remember a
popular Bhupen Hazarika song from my childhood that I
sometimes sing even now:
“Ganga amar maa, Padma amar maa
Eki Akash, Eki Batash, Eki nodir dhare”. In my story, the
father is Brahmaputra and mother is Padma, both flowing
in the same direction. But their children are fighting with
each other over boundaries. The parents try to stop the
children but to no avail. Their violence finally leads to the
creation of another river – a river of blood.