Nagaon’s first Art Village & Museum was inaugurated on March 14, 2021. The owner of this Noble initiative is Mr. Sujit Das, who is a renowned artist hailing from the town.
Sujit Das has played an important role in carrying the traditional Satriya paintings of Assam at the international level. He is the first person who has drawn the life of Srimanta Sankardeva in Satriya art form and at the same time, he painted on the wooden manuscript. His paintings were exhibited in Lamasatt Art Gallery of Cairo(Egypt), Gallery of Modern Art in Russia, JDA Perera Art Gallery in Colombo (Sri Lanka), Nehru Wangchuk Cultural Center in Bhutan, DOT Art Gallery In Bangkok(Thailand), Modern Art Gallery in Malaysia, Nepal Art Council in Kathmandu, Art Hub Gallery in Dubai and Abu Dhabi(UAE), Sureka Museum in Kasavo(Europe) and in other European countries like Greece, Turkey, Macedonia, etc. In India, he participated in painting exhibition in American Centre(US embassy), Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (New Delhi), Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi, ArtizenArt Gallery, Indian Academy of Fine Arts in Amritsar, Academy of Fine Arts of Kolkata, Shrimanta Sankardeva Kalashetra(Guwahati), State Art Gallery and Guwahati Artists’ Guild(Guwahati), etc.
Artist Sujit Das has participated in many national and international seminars and workshops like on Satriya Painting in the University of the Visual and Performing Arts at Colombo in Sri Lanka, Tipsy Art Gallery in Vietnam, Bagmati Museum in Kathmandu(Nepal), Artists camp in Malaysia and Singapore, International Art Workshop in Istanbul (Turkey). He received Junior Fellowship for the year 2014-15 as an outstanding person in the field of culture for the miniature painting of Assam, by CCRT, Ministry of Culture, Govt Of India. His Satriya painting titled-Buddha O Shanti, got high appreciation by the Dalai Lama. British Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton sent a letter appreciating the Kshatriya painting of artist Sujit Das. His painting titled ‘Giridhari’(Sri Krishna lifter of Mountain) has already been preserved at Kensington Palace in London. Another painting titled ‘Biswaroop’ and painted on sanchipat got a place of Bahmati Museum of Nepal. His artwork occupies places of pride infamous Art Galleries like Sureka Museum of Kasavo, University of the visual and performing arts in Sri Lanka, Indian Embassy in Bangkok, Bagmoti Museum in Nepal, the office of the recreant of Nobel Laureate Shri Kailash Satyarthi, at the resident of Padma Shree Mahim Bora, etc. Observing his contribution in Satriya painting, in an interview for “Arts Affairs” Padmashree Litterateur Mahim Bora described Sujit Das as Jamini Roy of Assam in the 21st Century. He is the principal of Jyoti art School, Nagaon, established 14th November 1999. On the other hand, Sujit Das got international fame by including his name in Guinness World Records, London after painting the portrait of Kalaguru Bishnu Prasad Rava with the world’s largest pain Brush, 28 ft long at Nagan Govt. Boys H.S School in 2012 (his record published on page no. 94 of the Guinness Book,2015)