Jayasri Burman (born 1960 in Kolkatta) is a contemporary Indian artist. She studied at the Kala Bhawan in Shantiniketan, and at the Government college of Art and Craft Kolkata. She went to Paris and studied print-making under Monsieur Ceizerzi. She is a member of an extended family of eminent artists : her husband Paresh Maity; uncle Sakti Burman, her first cousin ; Maya Burman.
Burman works mainly in watercolor, using rich strong hues and bold themes with a mythic element—strange hybrid animals with human heads, female figures. The imagery in Jayasri Burman`s work has a dream-like and lyrical quality with a unique sensitivity which, although inspired by the Indian folk element, retains a quality of refreshing candour and reflective honesty, that is as original as it is endearing. She manages very successfully to weave the decorative and design element of the folk idiom into the intricate patterns of her canvas, without losing the natural charm and naivete of her work, which is uniquely her own.
Her concern for women is also evident in her work. Without calling herself feminist, she confesses her desire to see her women content in partaking in the bounties of life. Free, and at one with Nature, her woman is sometimes a coronated ceremonial bird, and at others, a mother Goddess or a creature of the woods.
She has won several prizes for her art. Her work has been exhibited in India, and overseas.
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