New Delhi, June 30: Dr. Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA, today condoled the death of renowned artist and art historian K G Subramanyan, describing him as “a true Gandhian who unwaveringly adhered to the principles of non-violence in all facets of life and peaceful co-existence.”
Mani-da, as he was fondly called, passed away yesterday in Vadodara, Gujarat.
“Mani-da lived a life devoted to art and its promotion. Shantiniketan was his first home and the MS University his second. He was always surrounded by his students who held him in great esteem,” Dr Joshi said.
More than being an artist, a scholar and art historian, he was a teacher. He loved to interact with budding artists, eager learners and committed students, and this he continued for over three decades.
“That’s what distinguishes him from most other artists. He engaged with them, gently guiding them, without even letting them know. An elegant subtlety and easy accessibility defined his relationship with his students,” he noted.
Of all his works, what he enjoyed the most perhaps was the illustration of children’s books, which he wrote.
“His murals adorn the walls of Shantiniketan, and the IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts) campus in the national capital and MS University, Baroda, reverberate with his presence even when he is not there. Such was his commitment with the students,” Dr Joshi said.
“IGNCA cherishes memories of his visits to the Centre. During his last visit in February 2012, he delivered a lecture in which he emphasised on the need for promoting culture as a people’s movement. Mani-da was of the view that the government alone could not do everything nor should we wait for it,” he recalled.
IGNCA has made a film, ‘The Magic of Making’, on Prof. Subramanyan under the ‘Great Masters Series.’ Directed by Shri Gautam Ghose, the 103-minute film essays the work and journey of the great maestro. The film was released in the artist’s presence at MS University Baroda on 16 December 2014.
IGNCA, as a mark of respect to the late artist, will do a special screening of the film on 8 July at 6 p.m.
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