Oil on canvas
Museum no. IS.113-2002
A classic of Indian cinema (taken from a famous novel), this is a tale of childhood sweethearts unable to marry because of their caste/class differences. The hero goes to Calcutta to escape his sorrows and is befriended by a courtesan who falls in love with him. He is unable to return her love and returns to his home, but then takes to alcohol and dies. The hoarding design depicts the drunken hero, Devdas, his childhood sweetheart, Paro, and the courtesan who falls in love with him.