Black: An Artist’s Tribute

Santosh Kumar Das

“The rightful place for an artist, his real world, is a pot of black ink. I believe it contains all the magic, all the forms, everything that human beings can imagine and render…” says Mithila artist Santosh Kumar Das. In this poetic memoir of his growth into art, he pays a poignant tribute to the muses that transformed him into an artist — the greatest of them being his mother, along with the other women of the household who practised this originally female tradition of art.

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Weight 560.0 g
Dimensions 260 × 342 mm








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Santosh Kumar Das

Santosh Kumar Das is a Mithila artist from Madhubani in Bihar. Das learnt his art from the women in his household, his mother in the first place, and later on his aunts — the great artists Mahasundari Devi and Karpoori Devi. The inspiration for his art has been diverse — from politics, natural disasters and cinema to music and religion. A Fine Arts graduate, he also led an art school many years in his home town.


Dhwani Shah

Designer Dhwani Shah is an illustrator and graphic designer from Mumbai. She studied design from Sir J.J. School of Applied Art, Mumbai and National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She enjoys working on editorial illustrations, non fiction comics and publication design projects. Good food, conversations and books keep her going. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.