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Jogen Chowdhury Born in 1939, Faridpur (presently Bangladesh), Jogen Chowdhury graduated in Fine Art from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata in 1960. He later studied in France during 1965-1967 on Government Scholarship at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Back in India, he was appointed a Curator for the Rastrapati Bhawan before taking up teaching at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan where he later served as the Principal. Over the years, his works have been exhibited in various international exhibitions including the Triennales at New Delhi held in 1972, 1975 & 1978; at the Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil in 1979; Museum of Modern Art and Royal Academy of Art, London in 1982, Hirschorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. in 1982; II Havana Biennale, Cuba in 1986 and Takaoka Municipal Museum of Art & Meguro Museum of Art, Japan in 1988; Realms of Fantasy, Hong Kong, 2004; Inverting/Inventing Traditions, Grosvenor Vadehra, London, 2007. He has been awarded at II Havana Biennale, 1986 and at International Prints Biennale, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal in 1995. He was honoured with Kalidas Samman by Madhya Pradesh Government in 2001. Besides these honours, he has received numerous National Awards. He lives and works in Santiniketan.

AS I WALK FORWARD

- by Jogen Chowdhury (Translated from the Bengali by Goutam Datta & Catherine Fletcher)

I walk forward, taking one step at a time
Someone shakes me up!
Blood pools at my ankles
Now, which way should I go?
 
In my head, the universe shattering
into countless fragments
and vanishing inside
a black hole.
 
Now, the pool of blood
Inside my heart—
Which way should I go?