25th Oct 1939




Artist Profile

Born 25th October 1939 Ujjain, M.P. India. Early training under local signboard painters from the age of nine years. Studied fine arts at Bharti Kala Bhavan, Ujjain, under the guidence of Dr. V.S. Wakankar, renowned archaeologist and artist, and discovered and copied prehistoric rock shelter paintings. Passed G.D. Art from J.J. School of Arts Bombay in 1961 ; M.A. in ancient Indian History and Culture in 1962 and M.A. in Painting from Vikram University, Ujjain in 1970. Awarded Amrita Shergil Fellowship of M.P. Govt. in 1976 and Govt. of India Senior Fellowship in 1997. Widely travelled in India, Nepal, Europe, Japan and the Middle-East.

Was a member of the advisory board of Madhya Pradesh State Art Academy, Roopankar Museum of Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, General Council Member of Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi and South Central Cultural Zone, Nagpur. After working as Freelance-Artist in Delhi for 2 years, settled in Bhopal since 1964.

I was born in Ujjain, a peaceful ancient holy town in Central India. Old houses, small narrow lanes, the 'ghats' of river Kshipra, saints and temples, old sculptures, all these inspired me from the childhood. My journey from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Gujrat to Arunachal Pradesh in India, Nepal, Europe, Japan and Middle-East has been the source of my inspiration. I was always fascinated by the changing phenomenon of nature and expressed it with intensity on canvas. Sometimes some incidents shake me to the core of my heart and I express them through my paintings and drawings. Out of this emerged large works of 'Death' and 'Gas Tragedy' series. Indian miniature paintings with their fine lines and rich colours have always been my inpiration. The age old pre-historic paintings and gignatic colourful rocks have been my inspiration. Indian classical music is my love. My daughter plays sitar in the studio and the music inspires me. From the early days of painting in the dim lantern light on paper to the large abstract canvases has been a long journey.