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Jamini Roy widely regarded as one of the most important Indian artists of our times drew inspiration not from any Western model but from the folk traditons of Bengal, from the Kalighat pat in particular. Born in Bankura , on the first day of Baishakh , 1280 (April 11, 1887) , he had in his mind the native values of his own village Beletor which he regarded as the epitome of Indianism. He was not much interested in studying the venerated Indian miniatures , and even the frescoes of Ajanta and the Konark Temple . He even had the idea that Tagore painted in a pure Western manner and felt that Tagore appplied pigments and through his sheer powers of imagination used the lines.He was a path breaking artist and this aspect is highlighted in the book Jamini Roy , Bengali Artist of Modern India by Samuel P. Harn.Jamini Roy's art was deceptively simple. But the greatness of his innovative art cannot be ignored. On the 50th death anniversary of the artist , there is no stir in the cultural ambience of Kolkata. This book published nearly an age earlier makes us a little nostalgic and makes us curious about the art of this great painter.