Fire and Other Images

Paritosh Sen



xii + 184 pages

b/w sketches

9.5 x 6.25 inches

ISBN: 81-85229-82-1

Rs 375 / $15

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Fire and Other Images comprises a selection of prose pieces by Paritosh Sen, originally written and published in Bengali and rendered into English here, in an attempt to make them available to a wider audience. The pencil sketches that illustrate the narratives were done by the artist for this book.

In these vignettes of his past, Paritosh Sen evokes a world that we have lost, a memory of what has been and gone; yet, the very act of evocation creates a powerful presence. His family was large enough for him, as a child, to lose himself in his own vision of the world: a vision that has remained with him and is recalled in reflective moments. It is this vision he shares with us in the pieces that bring to life, memories of his boyhood in Dhaka. The creativity inspired by a recollection of a past world and of the attempt to comprehend the present, is preserved in both his paintings and writings. This connectivity is germane to Paritosh Sen’s understanding of himself as a part of the universe and it provides many dimensions to his perceptions. His painting and his writing are statements that endorse freedom as necessary to creativity and as central to the human experience.


Born in Dhaka (now in Bangladesh) in 1918, Paritosh Sen studied art in Madras and later in Paris. Since 1946, he has had numerous shows in India and abroad, and his paintings are part of the collections at the National Gallery of Modern Art (Delhi), the Lalit Kala Akademi (Delhi), the Ministry of External Affairs, and Rashtrapati Bhavan. He has taught and lectured on art at various national and international institutions.