Red symbol of marriage: Women adorned in red, just like the bride.

Expressions of celebration, togetherness, festivity, joy and even sad occasions are always full of colour in India. 

This gathering is at a pre-marriage ceremony in a lower income group in the village. Sen believes that even if they may be economically deprived, when people get together for any social event, their natural instinct is to be very colourful and hospitable. All the women here are carrying bright graceful dignity.

So a traditional marriage becomes like a dazzling colour festival. Being of Indian origin, Sen has inherited this colour code which he generously and regularly applies in his paintings.


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.