Kar was born in Bihar in 1892. He took to art at the suggestion of Abanindranath
Tagore whom he visited with his cousin Nandalal Bose. He learnt elementary
drawing from both Abanindranath and Nandalal. In 1915, when the Vichitra
club was organised, Surendranath worked as a teacher of painting with
other artists. He also helped to organise the club's activities. In
1917, Rabindranath asked Surendranath to join the Brahmacharyasrama
as an art teacher. In 1919, when Kala- Bhavana was instituted, Surendranath
joined the faculty.
frequent companion in Rabindranath's travels, Surendranath had exposure
to the best of the West and the East and he consciously absorbed what
was beautiful or useful and on his return to Santiniketan, applied it
to the life there, adding new dimensions.