Inarguably, the most famous Tagore in the world of painting and letters after Rabindranath from that illustrious clan, Abanindranath Tagore was a multifaceted individual. Small wonder, he was the most favourite nephew of Rabindranath. Abanindranath was the first major exponent of Swadeshi values in Indian art, thereby founding the influential Bengal school of art, which led to the development of modern Indian painting. He was also a noted writer, particularly for children. Popularly known as ‘Aban Thakur’, his books Rajkahini, Budo Angla, Nalak, and Khirer Putul are landmarks in Bengali language children’s literature. He sought to modernise Mughal and Rajput styles to counter the influence of Western models of art, as taught in Art Schools under the British Raj and developed the Indian style of painting, later known as Bengal school of art. Such was the success of Tagore’s work that it was eventually accepted and promoted as a national Indian style within British art institutions under the epithet of Indian Society of Oriental Art. What is not known to many he did not mince words to criticise the teaching style of Santiniketan when he saw the children sketching a caged rabbit. In his own words, when Abanindranath voiced his reservations Rabindranath looked like a lioness before whom her cub had been poked. But when Abanindranath elaborated the reasons of his criticism, the founder of Santinektan laughed aloud and pointed out to his nephew, an artist to his finger tips that if set free the rodent would run away. Abanindranath’s birth anniversary passed by recently