Nandalal Bose retained his
simplicity and gentleness till the end. He attended the daily prayer at Visvabharati. But
he was always in the last row.
Nandalal Bose created a world of his own in his forty years of painting. It is as vast
and deep as his personality. How much water can we drink from a lake? How many flowers can
we pluck in a garden?
How many twinkling stars can we count? Nandalal Bose's personality and works are beyond
measurement and comprehension.
Bose was like the Kamadhenu of Indian legends. (Kamadhenu was a cow, which granted
whatever one desired.) If anyone asked him for a painting, he gave it away. His works have
spread far and wide like his fame. Some of them have been lost. Once a ship bound for
London carrying a number of Bengali paintings sank and all the paintings were lost. Among
them were some which were very dear to Bose. This loss made him very sad.
His 'Sati' was printed in Japan and became very famous.
Nandalal Bose loved the early hours of the morning. One bit ofadvice he often gave his
pupils was: " ' there is no time like the early morning to draw your pictures."
Nandalal Bose used to get up at 3 in the morning. He would read works like the Geetha.
And then with a bag in hand, he would go for the morning walk. All through the walk his
eyes would be busy. "Ah! How wonderful is this pebble! How wonderful is this
bead!" He would put them in his bag. He used to collect lovely little things, like a
small boy. He had named the bag 'the one-lakh-rupee-bag'.
If he saw pieces of glass or nail on the ground he would throw them away lest they
should hurt little children.
How could people not love such tender man?