INTACH Kolkata completed a project in 2008 that revealed that there were as many as 273 Jamini Roy paintings had not been previously accessible to the public. This grant supports the textual compilation, and graphic and layout design of a monograph on Jamini Roy. This process is expected to take nine to ten months during which time INTACH will identify a publisher for the printing and distribution of the monograph.
Dr Sanjay Mallik of Vishwa Bharati, Shantiniketan has been identified as the editor of the monograph. To make the monograph visually dynamic, it will include images of almost all the Jamini Roy. The most significant images will be given ample space and placed alongside the text. Others may be as small as thumbnails, either inserted within the text of the monograph or form part of a visual list at the end of the book. Dr Mallik will select images for full colour printing and for thumbnail size printing and will write the text alongside each image. He will also provide fresh inputs on the significance of the paintings in the collection, highlighting the most fascinating Jamini Roy’s—some of which have been very rarely seen. Prof. Tapati Guha-Thakurta will write the foreword for the monograph.
After the completion of this phase of work, INTACH is expected to reapply for the third and final phase of this project––the conceptualisation of a permanent exhibition of paintings from the collection, which will be displayed in the gallery spaces of the Rajya Charukala Parishad.