Saturday, September 05th, 2009 | Author:

Indian art world is rich with amazing talents. Some of these talents took paint brush in their hands by sheer chance and some others by design. Take for example, A. Ramachandran, he was designed to be a civil engineer but destiny and his own interests had something else for him. He completed his Master’s degree in Malayalam literature in 1957. Initially, plans were laid to see him through his civil engineering but then art world beckoned. He had an avid interest in art since his childhood and that took him to join Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan and thereafter study art. He even completed his doctorate in paintings and his subject was mural paintings of Kerala.


After completing his doctorate, A Ramachandran moved base to Delhi in 1965. He joined Jamia Milia Islamia University as art Lecturer. Soon enough he was promoted to the post of a professor in the same department. He took voluntary retirement in 1992 and thereafter he was appointed as the honorary chairman of the Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi. He is also a winner of Padma Bhushan.


A Ramachandran excelled in expressionistic paintings. He believed in making powerful figurative. His paintings illustrate anger towards urban life and it was well reflected in his early paintings. Later on, his paintings stated to portray a different theme and it was of tribal community. This was a remarkable change in his perspective. He made great efforts to understand ethos of tribal community and this as certainly a great shift from urban life that he earlier loved to paint. He relished making Rajasthani tribes as the object of his artistic interest. In late eighties, he also created several art works on Kerala murals. Ramachandran really excelled at giving his paintings a visual aura. Ramachandran lives and works in New Delhi.

Category: Indian artists
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