The renowned artist, architect, painter, sculptor and writer Satish Gujral passed away at the age of 94 on Thursday evening. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award of India, in 1999. His elder brother, Inder Kumar Gujral, was the former Prime Minister of India.
Gujral was born in Pakistan in 1925 and studied at Mayo Arts School in Lahore in 1939 and later at the JJ School of Art in Mumbai in 1944 which he had to leave owing to health-related problems
In 1952, Gujral got a scholarship to study at the revered Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, where he was apprenticed under renowned artists Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros – who were remarkable figures of the 20th-century art scene.
One of the most celebrated artists of the post-modern era, his work carried themes based on the Partition and Emergency years.
Between 1952 and 1974, Gujral showcased his artworks which include sculptures and paintings in many cities around the world such as New York, Montreal, Berlin and Tokyo among others.
He was also an architect of international repute. Gujral’s design of the Belgium Embassy in the national capital was selected by the international forum of artists as one of the finest buildings in the 20th century.
His work has been featured in several documentaries including 2007 BBC film, Partition: The Day India Burned.
(Source: Timesnow news, republished here for wide circulation in fraternity.)