Paramparik Karigar is proud to announce that two of our Master Craftsmen have been awarded Padmashri by Govt. of India. The announcement was made on 26th Jan.2013
Master craftsman B. R. Pandit for excellence in Pottery & S. Shakir Ali for excellence in Miniature Paintings of Rajasthan. We salute these talented craftsmen and consider ourselves fortunate to have them in our organization.
Padmashri Brahmadeo Ram Pandit
Brahmadeo Ram Pandit. :
Born in Bihar, his great grandfather Murthi Pandit made traditional pottery under British rule and then his son Ram Pandit continued the same tradition after independence. The third generation potter Brahmadeo Pandit began his career at Sokodevra Ashram at the age of 19. For someone who is traditionally from the Kumbhar family making utensils, the move to studio pottery is remarkable indeed.
Panditji owes his undying passion for pottery to his early years at KVIC Central Village Pottery Institute at Khanapur and later the experience of working with L.R.Academy, noted ceramic artist. He has also trained in Lalit Kala Akademi in Delhi. He has been twice awarded The All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Prize. He has also been awarded the Maharashtra State Prize. He was invited to Japan for a cultural exchange programme. He has held one man shows of studio pottery at the Sophia and Jehangir Art Galleries. His work shop in Bhayander turns out over 300 Bonsai and Ikebana pots everyday where he is very ably assisted by his wife Devki and sons Abhay and Sailesh. His tall vases, salad bowls and platters with interesting glazes have wide appeal. His mastery over the medium is evident from the intimate variation of hues and designs that he is able to create.
Padmashri S. Shakir Ali :
Shakir Ali is a National award winner of 1993 and has also won numerous awards and certificates in India and abroad. Shakir Ali has been painting from the age of fifteen. After he completed his BA degree in Arts he returned to painting under the guidance of the renowned artist, Vedpal Sharma -”Bannu”. Shakir Ali has participated in numerous one-man shows and demonstrations in India and abroad and his paintings have been appreciated at exhibitions in Milan, Paris, Bangkok, Dubai and Pakistan.
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