New Delhi Renowned artist and architect Satish Gujral late Thursday passed away in New Delhi at the age of 94. A pioneer of contemporary Indian art and receiver of Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award, Gujral was known for his versatility across different mediums. He was an architect, painter, muralist, sculptor and graphic artist. Also Read - India, EU Partnership Significant For Peace, Stability of The World, Says PM Modi
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Unlike many of his peers, who went to Paris or London in the early 1950s, Gujral went to Mexico City to study with Diego Rivera and Siqueiros. Gujral’s was a versatile practice spanning painting, sculpture and architecture. Also Read - PM Modi Reviews State of Economy With FM Sitharaman
Some of the familiar works of Satish Gujral include the alphabet mural on the outside wall of the Delhi High Court. He also designed the Belgian Embassy in Delhi.
Gujral’s artworks were heavily inspired by the turbulence of his early years in Lahore (now, in Pakistan) including the illness that impaired his hearing as a child and the horrific Partition of the subcontinent.
A fan of poetry, a lot of his work was also inspired from the words of poets like Ghalib and Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
PM Modi Condoles His Death
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief and condolences over the death of the veteran artist.
Recalling his determination, PM Modi wrote on Twitter, “Satish Gujral Ji was versatile and multifaceted. He was admired for his creativity as well as the determination with which he overcame adversity. His intellectual thirst took him far and wide yet he remained attached with his roots.”
“Saddened by his demise. Om Shanti,” he added. Gujral is survived by his wife Kiran, son Mohit, daughter-in-law Feroze, along with his grandchildren.