My first solo exhibition: Within a year of my arrival in Paris, in November 1974, I could have a solo exhibition in the heart of Paris, in the Madeline Opera area. I can’t express the thrill this gave me at that time.  It happened with the support of the famous French artists whom I knew from my workplace.. Being a sweeper at a lithography printshop, I used to help them while they made their lithographs. They encouraged me in my pursuit of art. My most gratifying experience was that they treated me like an artist too.

The real boost of my artistic life. Many many people came to see my exhibition and bought my paintings. My boss, as well as his wife, were outstanding in their support. They took me out for dinner after the exhibition. But I was still a sweeper in his printshop. After the glory of the exhibition, the bright lights of Paris city, the next morning I still had to walk for my sweeping job outside Paris. At the inauguration of the exhibition, I felt very sad that my mother, the enabler of my art, and my father, my influencer, could not have even imagined that I was having this exhibition in Paris within a year. This exhibition was the real boost of my artistic life in Paris. 


When India was partitioned 1947 to create Pakistan, a new country for Muslims, about 20 million people of Bengal and Punjab were displaced and brutally victimized. Sen’s wealthy, literate family had huge landed property in erstwhile East Bengal, the present Bangladesh, which was carved out to be East Pakistan for Muslims. So for being Hindus Sen’s family was overnight evicted from their home. Without taking any possessions, they fled for their lives amidst people warring over religion, and so became squatted refugees in West Bengal.