All About Abanindranath Tagore, Author Of The Fantasy Novel That The Latest Bangla TV Serial Khirer Putul Is Based On

Read about the great Indian artist who wrote Khirer Putul and many other gems from Bengali literature, and painted beautifully too.

Rohini

July 29, 2020

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The latest Zee Bangla TV serial Khirer Putul has arrived on ZEE5, and has been charming audiences across all ages with its wondrous tale! This fantasy TV show, which stars actors Suman Dey (who played Jash in the popular Bengali TV serial Nakshi Kantha), Sudipta Roy (Ashalata from the serial Chokher Bali) and Sreetama Roy Chowdhury (Jhilmil from the show Bodhuboron), is based on the classic novel called Khirer Putul, which was written by Abanindranath Tagore. Let’s take a look at this famous author who gave us many a beautiful afternoon during our childhood, in which we devoured the tales he wrote for us with glee. Abanindranath Tagore’s Khirer Putul is a fairytale replete with magic, romance and glory, and the new TV serial depicts it most entrancingly on screen.

Watch the first episode of Khirer Putul here:

Abanindranath Tagore, who was born in 1871 in Jorasanko, Kolkata, was a great Indian painter and author. A true artist in every sense of the word, Abanindranath Tagore created the Indian Society of Oriental art, and was its principal contributor. Also known fondly as Aban Thakur, he wrote many children’s books like Khirer Putul, Buro Angla, Rajkahini, and Nalak, which are landmarks in Bengali literature, and delight kids enormously even to this day!

Khirer Putul
Source: ZEE5

Abanindranath Tagore came from a long lineage of high intellect and art. He was the revered Bard Rabindranath Tagore’s nephew, so it is no surprise that he produced such fine literature and art, and left a rich cultural legacy himself. Abanindranath Tagore studied at Sanskrit College and the Calcutta School of Art. He developed a unique style, and believed that Western art tended to be rather materialistic in nature. Abanindranath Tagore ascribed to more Swadeshi values, and founded the Bengal school of art which went on to pave the way for the modern Indian style of painting.

Here is a painting by Abanindranath Tagore, which is titled ‘Departure of Siddhartha’:

Departure of Siddhartha by Abanindranath Tagore
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The element of fantasy and magic was a recurring theme in Abanindranath Tagore’s works, as we can see. The painting below is called ‘Bharat Mata,’ and reflects his affinity towards native subjects and styles.

Bharat Mata by Abanindranath Tagore
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Indeed, Abanindranath Tagore has given us a wealth of fantastic homegrown art and literature, and we are extremely fortunate to be able to consume and admire his work today.

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