Artist Profile


Born in Attingal, Kerala. 1961-92 Written and illustrated about fifty childrens picture books published in India, Japan, England and USA. 1972-82 Designed several stamps for the Deptt. of Post and Telegraph, Govt. of India. 1978, 80 Received Noma Award for picture book illustrations, Japan. 1982, 88, 95 Visited Bangladesh, Korea, Papua New Guinea respectively, as an expert of the International Mobile Team of UNESCO, to conduct workshops of childrens picture book illustrations and literacy materials. 1986 Participated as a key-note speaker in the 20th Congress of the International Board on Book for Young People, Tokyo and Japanese Board on Book for Young People, Oita. Also participated in the International symposium on Future of Childrens Books, Tokyo. Visited USSR, Poland, France and China on cultural exchange programmes. 1993 Chairman, Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi, Kerala. 1997 Documentary film made on him by K. Bikram Singh. 1998 Member, Indira Gandhi National Centre


1957 Master Degree, Malayalam Literature, Kerala University, Kerala. 1961 Diploma in Fine Arts and Crafts, Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan. 1961-64 Research Scholar, working on Mural Paintings of Kerala, Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan.


1968, 71, 75, 82 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th International Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 1970 Contemporary Indian Painting, Japan. 1971 Exhb., Brazil and Venezuela. 1973 Exhb., USA and Canada. 1974 Menton Biennale, France. 1974 Exhb., Yugoslavia, Poland, Bulgaria and Belgium. 1977 Pictorial Space, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 1982 Inaugural exhb., Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal. 1982 Festival of India Exhb., London and Oxford. 1987 Exhb., Switzerland. 1992 Wounds, CIMA Art Gallery, Calcutta. 1994 Reality in Search of Myth, organised by Kala Yatra, Calcutta, Madras, Bangalore and New Delhi. 1996 The Mythical Traveller Journeys into the Unknown, ARKS Gallery, London. 1996 Chamatkara, Golden Jubilee of Indian Independence, London. 1997 Exhb., Singapore. 1998 Icons of the Raw Earth, Part-I, Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi; Part-II, Art Today, New Delhi. 2004 Retrospective, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. 2005 Manifestations III, organised by Delhi


National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Art Heritage, New Delhi. Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.


1969, 73 Received National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 1991 Received Parishad Samman, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi.


1965-92 Professor and Head of the Deptt. of Fine Arts and Art Education, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.