Manjit Bawa

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Full NameManjit Bawa
Place of BirthDhuri, Punjab, India
Died29 December 2008 (aged 67)
Place of DeathDelhi, India
Known ForPainting
EducationCollege of Art, New Delhi (1958-1963)
Influential TeachersSomnath Hore, Rakesh Mehra, Dhanaraj Bhagat, B.C. Sanyal, Abani Sen
Artistic StyleUse of vibrant colors like pinks, reds, and violet, inspired by Indian mythology and Sufi poetry, often depicting nature, animals, and Indian gods
Notable WorksPaintings of Ranjha, Lord Krishna with a flute, Indian gods Kali and Shiva
Career HighlightsWorked as a silkscreen printer in Britain (1964-1971)
Personal InterestsTraveling, nature, spirituality, Sufi philosophy, flute playing
Personal LifeMarried to Sharda Bawa, with two children: Ravi Bawa and Bhavana Bawa
DeathSuffered a stroke and was in a coma for three years before passing away
Awards and Honors– 2002: National Award for Best Documentary for ‘Meeting Manjit’
– 1986: 1st Bharat Bhawan Biennale, Bhopal
– 1981: All India Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Chandigarh
– 1980: National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
– 1963: Sailoz Prize, New Delhi
InfluencesIndian mythology, Sufi poetry, nature, simplicity of rural life, Michelangelo’s sketches
ControversiesAccused of forgery by his assistant
LegacyKnown for vibrant, colorful depictions of Indian themes, combining tradition with modernity, and spiritual exploration

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