My surprise entry to freedom of expression

House of Voltaire

Where I learnt the imaginative power of art

École National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts

Where I imbibed figurative art and the colour perspective of the masters

The Louvre Museum

Enriching trio environment: When studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1974, I was penniless, doing a sweeping job for survival. But the trio environment of artistic legacy that surrounded me then had contributed enormously to my learning, much above any school study could. Within a radius of 100 meters was the home of Voltaire; this taught me the keystone of freedom of expression. The Louvre Museum, the foundation of western art, stimulated me with its legacy of master classic art painters. From Ecole des Beaux Arts where famous painters Ingres, Moreau and Matisse among others were alumni, I learned the craftsmanship of the new trend of Modern Art. I enriched my learning being amid this trio artistic environment. It contributed to empowering my freedom of expression beyond the ordinary. French art and culture have since become my foundation of life in France.

My place of meditation for perfection of art

Clos Luce, Amboise, the castle of Leonardo da Vinci

Where I absorbed the radical change that is Modern Art

Giverny, the garden house of Monet

At a later stage in France, I discovered Clos Luce, the castle of Leonardo da Vinci in Amboise where he spent the last 3 years of his life, and Giverny, the garden house of Monet, the founder of Impressionism. From these 2 places I physically experienced the perfection of Western Classic Art and the shift from there to Modern Art. I frequent these 2 places as my art pilgrimage even now.  


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.