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"A new wave of talent, with fresh ideas, concerns and expressions, are represented in this art portal. The over-whelming majority of the artists are within the age group of 22-35 years, and they offer a variety of works, with diverse themes, elements and styles..

The essential feel of the works, are neither same nor different, and the differences or the similarities are as clear, or as ethereal, as the meaning of art, or of beauty.

But what really stands out within this new wave of artists, is a moving away from the aesthetical representation of a 'form' and the absolute concentration on 'stylization', that has dominated Indian Art till now, to the aesthetical representation of an 'idea' that is stemming from their experiences, concerns and understanding of life in our times.

This is a major evolution of art in India, where a new wave of artists are breaking through the boundaries of established order, and creating art that involves 'meaning' and it's representation.

This refreshing approach is a step forward and deserves a term to mark their emergence.

Experiential Realism art of diverse stylization that essentially portrays a meaning, an idea, a concern or an understanding that is rooted from one's own experiences in life.

Most of the artists represented in this art portal can be termed as 'experiential realists' who are exploring their own selves and their lives, and creating art where beauty/aesthetics simply don't lie in the forms and their stylization, but also in the meaning / the idea / the concern / the understanding, that is the prime driving force behind their expressions."

Devdan Chaudhuri, Founder & Chief-Creative


Bodhi Tree Monastery of Art ( BTMOA ) is privileged to lead the very first contemporary art movement from India, with a defined 'ism' to mark the arrival of a fresh wave in art.

This online art portal is the very first from Eastern India, and also the very first art portal in India to be run by an art gallery.

This will enable art lovers and art collectors, from all over the world, to experience and to collect the works of exciting contemporary artists / 'experiential realists'.

This will augment art appreciation, due to the creative sensibility of the presentation, where the artist's note will inspire to facilitate greater understanding of the art, and make art more popular.

This art portal will also create many first time collectors, with a contemporary modern mindset, who will be able to identify with the art presented, and will be excited by the talent on offer and the affordable prices.

We also understand that to offer quality art with honest prices (minus speculation) is the best way to serve art, the artists and the collectors.

The artists represented in this portal come from various parts of India, and also includes an artist of a different nationality.

But all of them are related to Bengal by birth, by education or by residence.

As we go along, we will include exciting talents, irrespective of their relationship with a particular geographical area, and also include more artists of different nationalities, and evolve to a 'global art portal', with a dedicated focus on 'experiential realism'.

BTMOA believes in the idea of "Yuva Ojas Ayus" or 'power to the energy of youth', and will continue to identity and support exciting talents, and promote their works through this art portal, launched in the month of July, 2012.


BTMOA has sponsored and promoted several artists, including folk artists, through solo / group exhibitions, since its inception in December 2008.

BTMOA was the first art gallery to introduce the very first Action Art Event in Kolkata where the artist paints listening to music, and aims to depict the essential nature of the music in the form of a painting.

BTMOA was also the first art gallery in Bengal to initiate an All Bengal Art Talent Hunt in 2010, and gave the opportunity to emerging artists from Bengal to attend a sponsored art camp in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, where they could show their works directly to the leading art collectors of India.
After the inspired success of 2010 & 2011, the third edition of the same - Journey of Art (comprising of 3 events- All Bengal Art Talent Hunt, Jodhpur Art Camp & Kolkata Exhibition of the Winners) is happening in 2012, as well.

BTMOA also hosts foreign artists. The works of well-known French artist Bruce Clarke were displayed for the first time in India in March 2011, and the artist himself attended the show in Kolkata.

Owner and Chief-Creative of BTMOA, Devdan Chaudhuri, modeled the architecture of the gallery, located in Swiss Park, South Kolkata, on the European Art Cafés cum Galleries, which he became aware of during his student years in England.

BTMOA has taken 3 functions ( art gallery, café and a garden ) and merged them into a singular flowing aesthetical ambience, that also serves as the shared communal space for the resident guests of the very popular Bodhi Tree – Boutique Guest House & Serviced Apartment ( ).

To follow the exhibitions in our gallery and other events, kindly connect with us through

" Collect Art, not for its material value, but for its immaterial aesthetics.

Collect Art, not as gold or silver , but as an extension of one's own self."

Mohenjo Daro Symbol

Bodhi Tree Monastery of Art

BTMOA practices the highest standard of fair and ethical conduct.

BTMOA believes in 'social entrepreneurship' – a business with a social consciousness that is not motivated by profits, but by a cause to foster change, through a creative enterprise.