Tapas Goshal (b. 1965) completed his Graduation in Painting from Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata, and Post-Graduation in Painting from Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi. His student years in Varanasi left a lasting impression on him and his paintings depict the city’s renowned ghats with a familiarity that comes from closeness. His landscapes and riverscapes are influenced by abstract expressionism, with rich yellows and reds directly derived from the ghats. They are presented in a larger-than-life perspective. This perspective draws home the contrast between the ghats teeming with crowds and the magnificent river that solemnly flowing ahead. Goshal has extensively participated in shows around the country, and is the recipient of the Jamini Roy Birth Centenary Award (1987), the Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Award (1988) and the Governor's Gold Medal for the Best Exhibit, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata (1992), among other distinctions.