Nandalal Bose never felt tired of
watching the making of dolls. He made friends with doll-makers and tried to make. Dolls;
and when he succeeded he was thrilled.
There was a mad man who used to draw pictures on walls. He would draw if he were paid.
Once Nandalal Bose gave him three paise and asked him to draw. The mad man drew only two
lines and stopped. "Why?" asked Nandalal and the mad man said, "That's all
you get for three paise." Every time Nandalal paid three-paise, the drawing
progressed. When the picture was complete Nandalal's happiness was unbounded. The figure
the mad man drew was that of Nandalal Bose. The material he used was charcoal and water.
His brush was a piece of rag. Later on Nandalal used this technique for the famous fresco
'Natir Puja' in the Cheena Bhavana of Santiniketan. (Fresco is one way of drawing on
Though Kharagpur was a village it was well known. The nearest railway station was
Bariorpur at a distance of twelve miles. Kharagpur was on the way to the railway station.
Many people passed through the village. Some used to ride horses. There were also carts
drawn by men. Merchants and laborers used to pass through Kharagpur. To Nandalal Bose,
these scenes of every day life looked like pictures drawn in colors.