Badhan Das (1944-2002) was born in a remote village of the Barak valley of Assam in India. He was known for his serene and contemplative abstract paintings. But besides being an artist he was a social activist who tried to preserve, revive and encourage the practice of the folk culture of the Santhals in the villages of Santiniketan.
In 1966, he passed out of the Government College of Art & Culture. His early works were figurative and narrative in nature. In his later years his work became reflective and non-figurative. In his last works, they were almost monochromatic.
To honour his life as an artists, many of his contemporaries (such as Jogen Chowdhury, Paramjit Singh) paid tribute to him by mounting an abstract landscape exhibition for which Badhan Das was remembered as father of abstract painting.