Biman Bihari Das (b 1943)
Biman Bihari Das was born in 1943 in Tamluk, West Bengal. He graduated with a Diploma in Modelling and Sculpture, Government College of Art, Calcutta in 1966. Later, he joined Calcutta University and passed the course of Teachers’ Training and Art Appreciation in 1967. He received a Fulbright Fellowship from the US and UGC grant under the Indo-Hungarian cultural exchange program, based in Budapest, for pursuing his art career.He was a lecturer at the College Of Art, New Delhi from 1969-94. Further he was the Principal of the Government College of Art, Calcutta from 1994 to 2002. He later moved to New Delhi, to take up the post of the Principal of the College of Art, Delhi. He has also served as the Vice President of the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society.Das received several awards for his contribution to Fine Arts such as the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014. He also was awarded the Education Secretary Award by Government of West Bengal in 1966, the Lalit Kala Akademi Award, New Delhi in 1972, Sahitya Kala Parishad Award, New Delhi in 1979 & 84 and the Birla Academy of Art and Culture Award, Calcutta in 1980 amongst others.