Bose was invited to join the staff
of the Government Art School, but he did not. He helped Abanindranath to prepare a
catalogue of works of art in his house. This rare collection had art works of various
styles, statues of stone and metals, ivory carvings, dolls from different parts of India
and. costumes and works of art brought from Nepal and Tibet. Bose made copies of some of
the oldest works.
Abanindranath's Art School was not just a school but a center of various activities. In
addition to the study of classical art and folk art, there were recitations and
discussions. Its object was to extend and deepen the enjoyment of the arts and to find out
An event, which is important in the history of Indian art, took place in 1907. As a
result of the efforts of Havell, Sir John Woodroffe, Sister Nivedita, Abanindranath
Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore and others, the Indian Society of Oriental Art came into
being. Nandalal Bose had a close contact with this organization. This Society had several
objects. Some of these were to create interest in fine arts in the general public, to
organize art exhibitions for this purpose and to help artists.