Bapu, Dandi March
Title Bapu, Dandi March
Accession Number acc-no-03805
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Woodcut print on paper
Main Artist Nandalal Bose
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1883-1966
Country India
Period / Year of Work 1930
Dimensions 18.4 cm x 29.3 cm
Brief Description Nandalal Bose had a close relationship with Gandhi and shared many of his ideals. He was the only artist ever patronized by the great leader, who often insisted he had no time for art. Bose's canonical black-and-white print depicts Gandhi's 240 mile, Dandi march, taken out to defy a British tax on salt-giving an image to one of the most iconic acts of the Indian freedom movement. Nandalal Bose immortalized the image of Gandhi's Dandi march. In Bose's first painting depicting the subject, all 78 followers are pictured in the background with Gandhi as the central figure, capturing the spirit of the event. Shortly thereafter, the same subject was reproduced as a black and white print without the background, simply and powerfully capturing the spirit and persona of Gandhi as the leader of a new movement. During this time, Bose also created several posters in support of the civil disobedience movement but they were immediately torn down and destroyed, virtually none have survived. Bose's image of Gandhi is one of the most iconic images of the 20th Century; as iconic as the portraits of Che Guevara and Chairman Mao, demonstrating the power of mass medium (printmaking) to mass mobilize. Bose was among the first to recognize that the image of Gandhi alone had the potential to unify a movement beyond the realm of a select few to express the collective will of a new nation.