Renowned artist Laxman Pai conferred with the Padma Bhushan

By on May 08, 2018
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Renowned artist Laxman Pai conferred with the Padma Bhushan

Goa’s Laxman Pai was recently awarded the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to the field of art (painting) by president Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapathi Bhavan, New Delhi. He was among 43 persons who have made extraordinary contribution in their fields in the service of society to have received the Padma awards, India’s highest civilian honours.

Pai, along with cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, billiards champion Pankaj Advani and singer Sharda Sinha were given the Padma Bhushan. Former Russian envoy to India late Alexander Kadakin was awarded the Padma Bhusan posthumously.

The nation’s third-highest civilian award is another feather in the cap of Pai’s glittering career. He is the recipient of three Lalit Kala National Awards (1961, 1963 and 1972) and was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri by the Central government in 1985. He was honoured by state government in 1987 and also awarded the Nehru award in 1995. Pai is also a recipient of Goa’s highest civilian award the Gomant Vibhushan (2016).

He has more than 100 solo exhibitions to his credit, including nine in Paris, where he worked for 10 years. His other exhibitions have been held in London, Munich, Stuttgart, Bremen, New York, San Francisco, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Goa. He also participated in Bribable San Paulo, Brazil.

His paintings are in various private and public collections, including Museum of Modern art (Paris), New York Public Library, Berlin Museum, Ben & Abbey Grey Foundation (Los Angeles) and National Gallery of Modern Art, India.

Pai is credited for taking Goa College of Art to lofty heights as its principal for 10 years.

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