Narayan Shridhar Bendre

Narayan Shridhar Bendre

Narayan Shridhar Bendre

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Narayan Shridhar Bendre () (August 21, 1910 - 18 February 1992) (N. S. Bendre) was one of India's celebrated artists of the 20th century.

Life and career

Bendre was born at Indore. In 1929, he took admission to the Holkar College, Indore and in 1933, he passed his B.A. examination from Agra University. In 1934, he passed his Diploma in Painting from the State School of Art, Indore.

In 1945 he went to Shantiniketan and worked with Nandalal Bose, Ramkinkar Baij, and Binode Behari Mukherjee. In 1950 he joined the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara as the first Reader and Head of the Department of Painting. Later he became the Dean of the Faculty. He left the University in 1966.

Despite such exceptional career he worked for the underprivileged people whenever possible. After Independence when firebrand freedom fighter and social worker from Indore Guru Radha Kishan took the initiative to bring the first Janta Library in Delhi, which was inaugurated by Balraj Sahni along with Amrita Pritam, Santosh Anand and Aruna Asaf Ali, he along with another legendary painter BR Gurjar participated and contributed accordingly. This study centre cum library is still running with a social centre at Guru Radha Kishan Smarak Bhavan, Clock Tower, Delhi.

Awards and honors

In 1955, Bendre received the National Award from the Lalit Kala Akademi for his work, Thorn. In 1969, he received the Padma Shri award and in 1992, he received the Padma Bhushan award. In 1974, he...
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