Welcome to The Indian College of Arts & Draftsmanship
Manmathanath Chakravarty, the famous photographer laid the foundation of ‘The Indian School of Art’ at 240A, Bowbazar Street, Calcutta with just three students in the year 1893, At that time Henry Hover Locke, a student of South Kensington, who had taken over the charge of art education officially, introduced a new syllabus which aimed to make experts on copying, practical drawing and industrial drawings.
Under such method of teaching, students, at the outset, were not allowed to draw what they saw in the visual world, they would have to draw from copy books, printed materials, antiques, models and last of all from nature. Lot of altercations, of course, had ensured for and against such a system.
From the Principal's Desk
An art institution , by nature and function, is centre for excellence. Its aims and objectives are focused in education of understanding and with acquired knowledge in one hand and, beyond that, creation on the other hand.
Excellence in science and other subjects is related with new hypothesis, discovery and invention. But the field of art ? it is the paradigm in the realm of creation, where it offers time to a timeless value, objectivity to a subjective encounter in a universal entity. The Indian College of Arts & Draftsmanship is indifferent from this universal character through its 118 years’ glorious heritage.