Datta Bansode

Datta Bansode

The work of Datta Bansode is intense and politically charged. This goes back to his first encounters with art as a boy in Latur. Bansode's first teacher was the artist and Buddhist monk Jagtap Sur. Using hardboard and enamel paints, Sur painted portraits of Buddha, Gandhi, Nehru, and Shivaji in a vivid, realistic style. Bansode went on to study art in Pune and Mumbai, taking inspiration from his conversations with senior artists. At the J.J. School of Art, he became exposed to the contemporary styles and began experimenting with new techniques of applying paint to canvas. Datta Bansode was struck by the irony of the phrase - "Buddha's Smile" - used by the government to refer to the 1998 nuclear bomb tests. He says, "After all, Buddha's philosophy is one of peace, and anti-crime." In response, he began his deeply inspired Lord Buddha series. Bansode wanted to show that Buddha's birth happened here but his teachings and philosophy have been forgotten.