After the Masters Breaking Step - Walking With
An online exhibition by Kala Bhavana Faculty Members
January 5 - February 5, 2021

Breaking Step - Thoughts on Rhythm

After an institution has lived for a hundred years and has lived well, it falls on the inheritors to reassess their past in the light of their current belongings. Any participant in the theatre of such circumstantial belonging comes to the realization that all that has been passed on to her/him as inheritance is a confluence of some specific circumstances - historical, social and aesthetic.

At the moment of its inception, Santiniketan, by its founder’s vision, coveted to be an international university. It was poised at the crossroads in history, when the country was in the process of transforming into a nation state. The institution grew in innovative opposition to the dominant colonial context, physically away from the focal centre of the metropolitan culture of Calcutta. The art institute Kala Bhavan and the University at large became an exemplar of production and dissemination of knowledge unfettered by any imposition, other than the compulsion to work.

Situations evolve, circumstances change and the memory of the past and its engagement with everyday becomes a shadowy presence, hovering over current experiences and their bindings, compulsions, complexities and contradictions.

Santiniketan, in its glorious foundational years, had a unique path charted out: exploration of the self in cohabitation with the community (albeit, small and nascent at the time). Many great works of art emerged out of this attempt, as part of cohesive community-based initiatives. Among these may be considered, the public sculptures of Santiniketan, the Black House and many other very important edifices on the campus. Also remarkable is the mural movement that started here in the 1930s and continues even into the 21st century.

Current Santiketan could be called an assemblage of the multiple. Its is a multiplicity that weaves in and out of the wider networked world. This circumstance is a testing ground for making sense of diversity. The realm of the ‘many’ (motivations, interests and exploration of art language) is a maze from within which one has to configure a community of senses. That is, at least partially, the pedagogic function of an artist in an institutional setting. The praxis falls in the area of possibilities. ‘After the Masters: Breaking Step - Walking With’ would present itself as part of the exercise of negotiating the multiples.

The indigenous impulses, from within which the place-making in Santiniketan and related ideas and genres evolved in the past, have changed. The current group of artists in the exhibition have a variety of backgrounds and hence carry with them a wide array of technical and thematic inputs. Some of these inputs and impulses are partly or wholly from the Kala Bhavan resources, while the works of many others arise from the stimulus of change that is assimilating in pedagogy and practices today. The continuity-and-change dichotomy, thus, inflects the present Kala Bhavan like many other institutions of long standing.


When this institute was founded, the tenors of teaching were different, there was a direct contact with the life-world and nature. The ambient energy was held in importance over abstract networks. This investment in the ambience continues in the campus-aesthetics, in the practices that attempt to bridge art and craft, link folk and contemporary or combine aesthetic with utilitarian, in the stylistic tools and in the traditional mediums and usages. In the studio pottery, in the tapestry works, in some of the sculptural forms on exhibit, one finds this sense of ‘walking with’ tradition, as it were.

The contemporary circumstance of creativity is also often guided by a fresh algo-rhythm rising out of a new engagement with technology, in evidence generally in India from the last decade of the twentieth century and locally, in the early part of the twenty-first century. This is the flat earth communication matrix, to which many creative personalities have responded. It has impressed upon the world of education and creativity and acted as the primary source of knowledge, displacing many of the tactile resources.

The non-fixity of norms - a sign of multiplicity in the otherwise coded linguistic field - has certain advantages; it allows growth in different directions. Kala Bhavan, fortunately retains and exudes that freedom of spirit, despite a prefixed curriculum and other bindings that have arrived over time. As exemplars, in this exhibition, one can witness the primal innocence of forms employed in wild subject-object punning, the simulated world of photo-derived real, epiphanic ruminations through portraits, as well as more conventional engagements with tools and materials; and within that flurry of material and stylistic effusion, a subjective exploration in a community-based project. The ‘breaking step’ - of performative photography or interactive print work, in the hybridization of sculptural forms where fantasy and reality cohabit, in site specific performances that straddle disciplines or in the photo-derived realism of painterly representations, occurs simultaneously alongside the ‘staying with’. Thus, in tune with the old-world community spirit, the tactile media is enriched by metalwork, textile and glass, but also connected with the new economics of rethinking the specific mediums. While the photo-derived-real and its aesthetics are new to the Santiniketan circumstances, the transformation of the familiar, undertakes often, an investigation of time and space, conceptually defamiliarizing the assumed familiar world.

The different forms and the different temporalties walk with each other in this new Kala Bhavan, representing the multiple, describing the new reality, preparing for the future.

Curator's Note
Anshuman Dasgupta
Santinikatan, January, 2021


Artists


Alarm
Amit Danda

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Floating
Amit Danda

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Moonlight Picnic
Amit Danda

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From Inside
Amit Danda

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Natural Relationship
Amit Dhara

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Natural Cell
Amit Dhara

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Rhythm
Amit Dhara

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Fossils
Amit Dhara

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Save Forest, Save Life
Amiya Nimai

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Man in nature
Amiya Nimai

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Ora Kaj Kore
Amiya Nimai

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Diwali
Amiya Nimai

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Man Doing Yoga
Arghya Priya Majumdar

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Man in Gold Shoes
Arghya Priya Majumdar

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Man Taking a Dip
Arghya Priya Majumdar

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Man wearing Sunglasses
Arghya Priya Majumdar

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Man With a Chakra
Arghya Priya Majumdar

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Fairer people = Beautiful people = Powerful people
Arpan Mukherjee

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Fairer people = Beautiful people = Powerful people
Arpan Mukherjee

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Re-visiting displacement
Arpan Mukherjee

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Prastaav
Arpan Mukherjee

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Entangle is to Tangle- 2

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Entangle is to Tangle - 5
Aditi Ganeev Sangwan

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Postpartum Project-2
Aditi Ganeev Sangwan

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Postpartum project-3
Aditi Ganeev Sangwan

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Co-existence
Ajit Seal

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Cadence
Ajit Seal

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Kurma I
Ajit Seal

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Peacock and Peahen
Ajit Seal

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The celestial
Ajit Seal

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AJNA CHAKRA
Ambarish Nandan

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ENTANGEL
Ambarish Nandan

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STRUGGLE
Ambarish Nandan

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Torch Light
Anupam Chowdhury

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Untitled
Anupam Chowdhury

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Untitled
Anupam Chowdhury

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Untitled
Anupam Chowdhury

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Untitled
Archana Das

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Untitled
Archana Das

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Vase
Archana Das

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Vase
Archana Das

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Unknown Destiny
Banatanwi Dasmahapatra

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Bright Isolation
Banatanwi Dasmahapatra

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An Informal Influx
Banatanwi Dasmahapatra

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Untitled
Banatanwi Dasmahapatra

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Conversation
Banatanwi Dasmahapatra

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Untitled
Bhavna Khajuria Basumatary

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Untitled
Bhavna Khajuria Basumatary

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Untitled
Bhavna Khajuria Basumatary

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Untitled
Bhavna Khajuria Basumatary

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The Chair
Debashish Das

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Disputable Game
Debashish Das

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Time
Debashish Das

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Silhouette to create the Universe
Debashish Mahalanabish

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You, the omnipotent playing on your own tune
Debashish Mahalanabish

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Randomization to stabilise a form in society
Debashish Mahalanabish

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One in a million, reaches the pavilion
Debashish Mahalanabish

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Untitled
Dilip Mitra

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Untitled
Dilip Mitra

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Untitled
Dilip Mitra

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Untitled
Dilip Mitra

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Untitled
Goutam Das

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Untitled
Goutam Das

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Untitled
Goutam Das

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Untitled
Goutam Das

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Untitled
Goutam Das

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Man and Crocodile
Jogen Chowdhury

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Untitled
Jogen Chowdhury

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Twins
Kamal Dhar

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Arjun
Kamal Dhar

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Godhuli
Kamal Dhar

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Pet
Kamal Dhar

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Puzzle leaves
Madi Linda

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Natural feelings
Madi Linda

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Lotus fruit
Madi Linda

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Cactus comb
Madi Linda

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The Colour is Orange
Meghali Goswami

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The Colour is Gray
Meghali Goswami

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The Colour is Hue
Meghali Goswami

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The Colour is Violet
Meghali Goswami

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Reclining figure
Motilal Kolai

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The Waiting
Motilal Kolai

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Destination
Motilal Kolai

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Chess Players
Pankaj Panwar

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Dream Machine
Pankaj Panwar

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Battle of Angels
Pankaj Panwar

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Breaking News....His Master's Voice
Pankaj Panwar

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Lockdown 2020
Pankaj Panwar

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Series-object of desire-2
Prashant Phirangi

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Series-object of desire-3
Prashant Phirangi

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Quarantine days-2
Prashant Phirangi

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Quarantine days-3
Prashant Phirangi

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Untitled
Prashant Phirangi

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Medallions
Prasanta Sahu

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Case Study: 23032017
Prasanta Sahu

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Study:12012018
Prasanta Sahu

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Case study: 26062016
Prasanta Sahu

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Do paint in full moon
Rajarshi Biswas

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Ready for the ceremony
Rajarshi Biswas

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How to get rid of blood stains?
Rajarshi Biswas

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Toxic air chair
Rajarshi Biswas

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Field workers
Rajarshi Biswas

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Genesis
Rishi Barua

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Pran-pakhi
Rishi Barua

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Home Sweet Home-2
Rishi Barua

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Journey to Hell
Rishi Barua

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Untitled
Rishi Barua

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Untitled
S. K. Sahajahan

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Untitled
S. K. Sahajahan

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Untitled
S. K. Sahajahan

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Untitled
S. K. Sahajahan

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Ink 1
Sajad H Hamdani

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Oil 1
Sajad H Hamdani

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Oil 3
Sajad H Hamdani

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Oil 4
Sajad H Hamdani

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Potrait of an Artist
Salil Sahani

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Black Home
Salil Sahani

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We
Salil Sahani

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Untitled
Salil Sahani

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Head
Sanat Kar

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Dawn – Birth of Bangladesh
Sanat Kar

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Illustration of Vaisnavpadabali
Sanat Kar

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Untitled
Sanat Kar

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Excerpts from mergEmerge
Sanchayan Ghosh

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Excerpts from Notions of Freedom
Sanchayan Ghosh

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Excerpts from Aakilaarsi :Mirror of Mind
Sanchayan Ghosh

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Excerpts from Street side reading
Sanchayan Ghosh

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Excerpts from the Circle Walk
Sanchayan Ghosh

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Untitled
Sandip Baul

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Untitled
Sandip Baul

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Creeper 2
Sandip Baul

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Creeper 7
Sandip Baul

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Farmers family
Sisir Sahana

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Growth
Sisir Sahana

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Old Seeds
Sisir Sahana

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Old Seeds
Sisir Sahana

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Old Seeds
Sisir Sahana

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Fragile Encounter 1
Soumik Nandy Majumder

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Fragile Encounter 2
Soumik Nandy Majumder

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Fragile Encounter 4
Soumik Nandy Majumder

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Fragile Encounter 5
Soumik Nandy Majumder

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Banana eater bronze
Sutanu Chatterjee

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Fallen Bird
Sutanu Chatterjee

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The Cry
Sutanu Chatterjee

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The Elephant Rider
Sutanu Chatterjee

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The Revenge
Sutanu Chatterjee

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Untitled
Tanupkumar Nath

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Untitled
Tanupkumar Nath

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Untitled
Tanupkumar Nath

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Untitled
Tanupkumar Nath

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Power
Dr. Uttam Kumar Basak

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The bonding
Dr. Uttam Kumar Basak

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Dream-II
Dr. Uttam Kumar Basak

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Man
Dr. Uttam Kumar Basak

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