Sen started life from a refugee camp in Bengali Bengal juxtaposed with Victorian and French Bengal

Sen as a child with his mother in their Shohidnagar refugee camp home with mud floor, bamboo-strip walls and thatched roof. Sen has always recalled his mother's training: "Poverty should not kill your emotion and your hygienic sense."

This is the bank of Ganges river that Sen would cross to reach Chandannagar.

Whenever Sen goes to Shohidnagar, he pays a visit to this third generation potter's house where as a child he had learnt about pottery. He has always been fascinated how a man can twist mud with his hands to create a form without any mould.

The doll maker was another time-spending place for Sen to experience different types of figurative clay models which were then bathed in vibrant colours.

This is the authentic environment of Bengali Bengal where Sen comes from.

Sen's art study started from this Kolkata college of art with fascinating Victorian architecture. When he was 19 years old, he stepped out towards France.

Ecole Nationale Superiore des Beaux Arts, the famous art college in Paris where Sen studied. He learnt of the vast character of Western fine arts particularly the breakthrough big bang from Classic art to Modern art in 1870.

Penninghen (Academie Julian) in Paris is where Sen studied applied art that helped him in his initial livelihood generation stage.

Education & Stay in Paris:,
1974-76 École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris
1974-76 ESAG (Academie Julian)
1973 Arrives in Paris with no money

Education & Stay in India:

1971-73 Government College of Arts & Crafts, Kolkata

1969-70 Indian College of Arts, Kolkata

1968 Leaves refugee camp in search of electricity to Noihati town

1954 Born in Sahid nagar refugee camp 50 Kms from Kolkath, Kanchrapara, Bengal

Sen's childhood escape was crossing Hoogly river (Ganges) near his childhood home and landing in the erstwhile French territory of Chandannagar. Here he experienced the stark contrast of French cultural artefacts and architecture against the Bengali ambience he was growing up in.

As a child Sen was more attracted to potters, doll and idol makers than pedagogic education, so he chose to pursue art studies in Calcutta Government College of Art and Craft. Here he experienced the dissimilarity between Victorian Bengal and Bengali Bengal. In art college he learnt that many foreign painters came to France where the French influence shaped their painting styles in very different and optimistic ways. Among such artists are van Gogh, Kandinsky, Max Ernst and Picasso.

He was already drawn closer to France due to his childhood visits to Chandannagar, but this realization of foreign artists being nurtured by France was the real attraction for him to go to France.