National Academy Award Winner, 1984 Jeley (The Fisherman)
Etching, 19" x 19". 1984
My son was around four and half years old, when I had once taken him to visit the Kolkata Aquarium, opposite the Alipore Zoo. Holding hands, together, we marveled at the water-world. It was there that I felt as if I had entered the underwater realm, and became one with the fish.
I was doing a lot of etching during that time and the next day when I went to my studio, I found a 2ft by 2ft zinc plate ready to be worked upon. The outcome was spontaneous – a combination of the gills and scales of the fish, and the human figure. It seemed almost miraculous.
Later, to have been awarded with the Winner of National Academy Award in 1985 and
honoured by the Hon’ble Vice President of India, Rama Swamy Venkat Raman, was a
matter of great joy for me. It was something unbelievable, and very encouraging.
Honoured by the Department of Posts & Ministry of Women & Child Development,
Government of India. 2007
Participated in ‘Ananya Festival’, the week-long celebration of the Ministry of Women and Child Development for International Women’s Day during 5-9 March, 2007. These stamps have been designed by Jayasri and released by the Hon’ble Vice President of India.