Laxmi Shankar Rajput

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Lakshmi Shankar Rajput was born on 6 October 1919 in a Rajput family of Indore. He took art lessons from Shri Devlalikar in Indore and then passed the diploma examination in 1935 at J.J. School of Art, Bombay.

From 1966 to 1977, he was an art teacher and principal at the Government Art College, Gwalior. In the beginning, he made paintings in the Academy style. After that, he worked in an impressionistic manner. After that, he engaged in new experiments and combined traditional Indian art in new forms in tempera and watercolors.

There is extraordinary beauty in their figures. He had also painted beautiful pictures of heroines with watercolors on paper the size of the doors of the rooms. He also did some very original abstract experiments with watercolors on papers the size of very small miniature paintings.

This series of about 70 paintings is a typical aspect of his abstract art style. Varsha’s Arrival is a very beautiful painting of his which received the important Barda Ukil Award of the All India Fine Arts and Craft Society in 1969. He participated in exhibitions like 1966, 68, 69, Triennale 1971, Tokyo Triennale 1971, etc.

On the tableau of Madhya Pradesh, he received first prize in the Republic Day Parade in 1959, 60, 62, and 64, and second prize in 1961. He also got second prize at Madhya Pradesh Pavilion at AGRI EXPO 1977.

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