Society of Contemporary Artists is a communion of likeminded painters, printmakers and sculptors who have relentlessly striven for the last fifty- years for sake of art. From the end of the 1950s to the most recent and extreme stages the grant has endeavoured to define contemporary trends and structures of modernism of the last century and the post modern inclinations of the 21st century. The group has been keen to contribute to the mainstream of Indian art of recent times in ways that have been diverse, controvertial and revolutionary. It has always projected the image of man’s constant search of himself and his insistence of personal freedom in visual artistic terms, in an innovative and experimental fashion.
Society of Contemporary Artists is perhaps the longest surviving art group not only in India but also in the World. Groups of Artists since Neo-classicism led by David and Ingres shortly turned to Romanticism of Delacroix and Gericault and finally ushered in Impressionist and Post Impressionist movements. No groups since then have survived a decade in any part of the World till today. Of the ten original sowers of the seed of the SCA movement only one, Sanat Kar is with the group. Others have died or left the group. After the group was formally formed and registered the founders steered the group and put it on course. Beside Kar, Sunil Das and Suhas Roy are still active as founder members.
Society of Contemporary Artists has contributed some of the best known figures in the present day Indian art world that include Somenath Hore, Nikhil Biswas, Shymal Dutta Ray, Ajit Chakraborty and Bikash Bhattacharya to name only the best known. A list of present day members attached to this will give you an overview of the formidable strength and the totality of its creative vision and power. Society of Contemporary Artists has survived because it has respected the rights of the individual artists and given each of them a creative space to work in peace and tranquility. Moreover older generations of artists have passed away or retired but new younger members have been inducted and given a seat in the table of the brotherhood.
At Birla Academy of Art & Culture , Society of Contemporary Artists will celebrate its 50th year with an exhibition that will have works of every artists who were with the group. This will capture the variety and vitality of its contribution to contemporary art.