Sakti Burman ‘What’s He Going To Be Next’ Ranjit Hoskote


Sakti Burman was born in Calcutta in 1935 and educated at the Government College of Art and Craft there, and at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. He has lived between France and India since the mid-1950s. Since the early 1960s, Burman has had held numerous exhibitions of his work in India, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and the USA. Among the salons in which he has been invited to participate are the Biennale de Paris, Section Française at the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris; the Salon d’Automne, Grand Palais, Paris Salon de la Jeune Peinture, Paris; the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts, Paris; and the Salon des Artistes Français, Grand Palais, Paris. His solo exhibitions include The Enraptured Gaze (2009) and The Beholder’s Share (2016), both presented by Art Musings.Burman’s works have found place in the collections of major museums and cultural institutions, including the British Museum, London; the Musée de la Ville, Paris; the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; the National Gallery, Auckland; the Punjab Museum, Chandigarh; the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Bombay; and the Ministry of Culture, Government of France, Paris.In the course of a distinguished career, Burman has received many honours, including the Prix des Etrangers, École des Beaux-Arts, Paris; the Medaille Arts, Science et Lettres, Paris; the Medaille d’Argent de Montmorency; the Medaille d’Or, Salon des Artistes Français, Grand Palais, Paris; and the Prix de la Ville de l’Isle-Adam, France. Burman’s art has been the focus of several publications, among them Sakti Burman: Dreamer on the Ark (2001) and Sakti Burman: A Private Universe (2014).