At fifteen, Nandalal went to
Calcutta to continue his education. There he studied at the Central Collegiate School for
his Entrance Examination. Then he joined the General Assembly College to study for the F.
A. examination. His heart was in art. He spent all his time collecting books and magazines
to be able to study the works of great painters. He spent even the money meant for his
school fees on art. Besides, in his house in Hatibagan he reared a number of pets. After
he failed in the F. A. examination he joined the Metropolitan College. Even there he did
not pass the examination. But his repeated failures did not lessen his interest in art.
To escape from the noises of the city he would often go to Banupur. At that time
Banupur was undergoing a change and Nandalal noticed it. The new jute factory had ruined
the beauty of the surroundings. Another factor that disturbed him was the condition of the
laborers. He used to visit them where they lived and he felt sad. In addition to the
exploitation of the poor, there was the British rule and the evils of casteism. Under such
circumstances, naturally, he turned a revolutionary. At this time Devavrata Bose, who was
his friend, relative and also Aurobindo's follower, had a great influence on Nandalal.
He was married in his 20th year, when he was still a student. His wife Sudhira Devi was
the beautiful daughter of Prakashchandra Pal. Pal was a rich man; he lived on one bank of
the river, Nandalal on the other bank. After his marriage, his father-in-law took interest
in his studies. Nandalal joined Presidency College. Even here he could not concentrate on
his studies because he was passionately interested in drawing and painting.