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Reaching the peaks

The year 1949 was considered by him as one of his milestones, when he designed the monogram for Tamil Nadu state replacing the colonial symbol used even after India’s Independence.

 

Monogram

In 1965, he was promoted as vice-principal and transferred to Government School of Art and Crafts, Kumbakonam, in Tamil Nadu.

 

In 1968, he became the Principal of College of Arts and Crafts and had retired in 1971. Few years from retirement, in 1974, he became the Director of the Art Department at Kalakshetra, founded by Padma Bhushan Rukmini Devi Arundale.

 

 

The artist reached the heavenly abode on 31st July 2006.

 

Awards

The artist was awarded a fellowship by Tamil Nadu Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu in 1980. And in 1985 he was awarded the title of Veteran Artist by All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi. In 1991, he was honored with the most prestigious award Kala Vibhusan by the then Prime Minister of India Shri. Chandra Shekhar Singh. The world famous philosophical center of Kanchi Kamakshi peetham, Kanchipuram awarded the artist the title of Chitra Kala Sagar on 1st January 1995.

 

Commissions Works

Conceived and designed the temple gopuram emblem of the Government of Tamil Nadu (1948).

 

Designed the Government of Tamil Nadu raffle ticket with the motif of a boy raising his right hand (1971).

 

reffle ticket

 

Organised and worked, in an honorary capacity, for many district level art organisations (Padappai, Chennai, Vellore, Tiruchirapalli, Madurai, Tirunelveli and Kalakuruchi).

 

Exhibitions

Participiated in many group shows and one man shows. One of the most important exhibition in his career was the Retrospective held in Chennai in the year 1995.

Early Days...





Famous quote from the artist

"Either I paint to see my experiene or aesthetics resounding on my canvas or I die by doing nothing"