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A. Ramachandran

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A. Ramachandran

Achutan Ramachandran, popularly known as A. Ramachandran, is a renowned Indian painter born in 1935 in Kerala. In 2005, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour. Initially, Ramachandran painted in an expressionist style which poignantly reflected the angst of urban life. The paintings were large, akin to murals, and comprised powerful figuration. By the 1980's however, Ramachandran's work underwent a sea-change. Urban reality was no longer a preoccupation. A tribal community in Rajasthan with its vibrant ethos gripped his imagination. Simultaneously, the colours and forms of the murals in the Kerala temples began to influence his mode of...

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Amit Ambalal

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Amit Ambalal

A distinguished artist, Amit Ambalal lends a refreshing take on art, as he captivates with his trademark wit and humour. The expert is also known for working with untainted colours, blending them on paper instead of the palette. Amit Ambalal is a self-taught artist with no formal training. He blossomed under the tutelage of veteran artist Chhaganlal Jadhav. Born in 1943 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, he graduated in Art, Commerce and Law, after which he joined the family business. In 1979, the artist answered his true calling by rejecting his legacy and taking a leap into the vibrant world of art....

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Haku Shah

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Haku Shah

Recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri award in 1989, Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship and the Kala Ratna, Haku Shah is a prominent Indian artist from the Baroda School of Art, who has significantly contributed towards promoting folk and tribal art themes in Indian art. His paintings often illustrate the seeming simplicities of village life, set against the backdrop of a mythical landscape. Apart from being a figurative painter, Haku Shah is also a teacher, anthropologist and reputed author. Born in 1934 in Valod, Surat district, Gujarat, the artist had a passion towards painting, music, poetry and drama since early childhood. He...

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Seema Kohli

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Seema Kohli

A versatile and celebrated artist, Seema Kohli was honoured with the Lalit Kala Akademi National Award for Women in 2007, for her accomplishments in the contemporary Indian art scene. She gives an exquisite form to her expressions through several disciplines such as paintings, sculpture, installation and performance. Rejoicing in the female's power, energy, beauty and sensuality, Seema Kohli’s creations portray the various facets of a woman. Shakti, the higher cosmic energy that radiates through the female embodiment has been deeply dealt with and depicted in most of her works. A self-taught artist with over three decades of practice, she draws...

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Madhvi Parekh

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Madhvi Parekh

Born in 1942 in Sanjaya, Gujarat, Madhvi Parekh is a self-taught artist. Her paintings depict her childhood memories, where the images of fantasy and early days lend a surreal, dreamlike quality to her work. From 1970-72, she studied Fine Arts in Paris on a scholarship from the French Government. Parekh’s works are inspired by rural India, but her style retains a contemporary twist. She has been exhibiting her work all over the world since 1972. In 1979, she received the National Award from the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, soon after which she completed a Residency fellowship at the Fine...

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