Photos: Aakriti Art Gallery, Kiran Nadar Musuem of Art & Vadhera Art Gallery.

Text: Guardian 20

Kalpathi Ganpathi Subramanyan, known to his friends as simply Mani da, passed away on 29 June 2016 at the age of 92 in his hometown of Vadodra in Gujarat. Critics unanimously hailed him as one of the founding fathers of Indian modernims. And today, with his passing, the country has lost one of its greatest pioneers and visionaries in the field of visual arts, who changed not only the way art is created, but also the way it is perceived. 

Subramanyan was one of the first artists in the country to experiment with different forms and mediums, always bring to bear on his experimental projects his expert academic training and mastery of traditional styles. He made mixed-media an acceptable term before it became a buzzword.

At Santiniketan, Subramanyan trained under luminaries like Nandalal Bose, Benode Behari Mukherjee and Ramkinkar Baij. And the rest of his career, inlcuding his time as a professor of arts, was informed by his Santiniketan years. His death marks the end of an era in India visual arts.

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