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Noted Indian painter Ram Kumar passes away at 94

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Noted Indian passed away today. He was 94.

Kumar's death was confirmed by an email statement from City-based Vadehra art gallery, which forayed into publication with a solo show of the "Kumar: A journey within" in 1996.

"It is with a heavy heart that we bid a final farewell to one of the greats of and a dear friend,

"For us at we mourn the loss of a mentor and passionate supporter who has been a part of the birth and growth of our gallery," the statement said.

The gallery went on to host 22 solo exhibitions by Ram over the years.

recalls how Kumar's entire life, like his art was a "sadhana".

"(It was) an effort where the result was often forgotten or the result was not what mattered, it was the effort that did," he said.

Born in a large family in Shimla, the started off with a degree in Economics at However, the course of his life took a different turn when he was intoduced to art, and decided to go to study it in where he also met

In he studied under and Andr Lhote, producing figurative painting in these early years.

However, it was his visit to that would mark a turning point in his life.

In 1960 he travelled to with MF Husain, and this magical city would remain his muse for the rest of his life. From here on abstract landscapes became his main subject, rendered time and again as an amalgamation of colours and textures.

Ram Kumar's landscapes often straddle the boundaries between abstraction and naturalism, quoting both but succumbing to neither.

Despite being associated with the Indian modernist scene, the as well as the Delhi Shilpa Chakra, he never easily fit into a simplistic modernist narrative constantly seeking to rediscover elemental origins within the lingua franca of the landscape.

He was honored with by in 1972 and Kalidas Samman by the government in 1986.

The award-winning painter was cremated at Nigambodh Ghat today. A prayer meeting will be organised on April 17 at here.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 16:00 IST