Sankho Chaudhuri

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Sankho Chaudhuri

Sankho Chaudhuri (25 February 1916 – 28 August 2006) was an Indian sculptor, a noted figure in the art scene of India. (Although named Naranarain in due family tradition, he was more widely known by his pet-name Sankho) Ram Kinker Baij was his teacher. He began close to cubism and then was influenced by István Beöthy, whom he had met in Paris. His themes have included the female figure and wildlife. He was worked in a wide range of media, and has produced both large-scale reliefs and mobiles. Born in 1916, Santhal Parganas (Bihar), Sankho Chaudhuri completed his Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Fine Arts from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan in 1939. He was appointed as Reader at the Head of Department of Sculpture and later served as Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda. He taught Fine Arts at the University of Dar-e-Salam Tanzania and also represented the country at the International Conferences in UNESCO, Paris and Venice. He was a recipient of Padma Shri in 1971; National Award and Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1956 & 1982; D.Litt. (Honoris Causa) by the Centro Escolar University, Philippines, 1974; Aban-Gohan Award by Visva Bharati University, 1981. He was the Ist Honorary Joint Secretary, Indian Sculptors Association, Mumbai. He was Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in the late eighties. A Retrospective was held of his works at the NGMA in 1997. He died in 2006. Sankho Chaudhuri completed his Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Fine Arts from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan in 1939. He taught Fine Arts at the University of Dar-e-Salam Tanzania and also represented the country at the International Conferences in UNESCO, Paris and Venice. He was a recipient of Padma Shri in 1971; National Award and Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1956 & 1982; D.Litt. (Honoris Causa) by the Centro Escolar University, Philippines, 1974; Aban-Gohan Award by Visva Bharati University, 1981. He was the Ist Honorary Joint Secretary, Indian Sculptors Association, Mumbai. He was Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in the late eighties. A Retrospective was held of his works at the NGMA in 1997.

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  • Name

    Sankho Chaudhuri

  • Known for

    Artist, Sculptor

  • Schooling / Education

    1939 Bachelor of Arts, Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, India 1945 Diploma in Sculpture, Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, India 1945 Studied Nepalese System of Metal casting 1949 Study Tour of Europe, Worked Paris and England, Visited Art Centres of Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and Holland

  • Group Shows

    1954
    Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi, India

    1956
    National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, India

    1974
    Participated in the First Biennale of Arab Artists

    1979
    Joint Exhibition with Ira Chaudhuri, Mumbai, India

    1983
    Invited to Baghdad International Art Exhibition, Iraq

  • Solo Shows

    1946
    First One-man Show, Mumbai, India

    1957
    One-man Show, New Delhi, India

    1969
    One-man Show, Mumbai, India

    1971
    Retrospective, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi, India

    1987
    Sculptures & Drawings, Gallery Aurobindo, New Delhi, India (17 January - 05 February)

    1987
    One-man show of Sketches and drawings, Kolkata, India

    1992
    Sketches and drawings, Kolkata, India

    1993
    L.T.G. Art Gallery, New.Delhi, India

    1995
    Exhibition of Sculptures, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai, India (08 - 25 March)

    1997
    Exhibition at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi, India

    1998
    Paintings and Sculptures, L.T.G. Art Gallery, New Delhi, India (06 - 20 November)

    2005
    Paintings & Sculpures by Sankho Chaudhuri, Sarjan Art Gallery, Vadodara, India (18 - 25 January)

  • Awards And Achievement

    1956
    National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, India

    1957
    Commission of Sculpture, Music for the All India Radio, New Delhi, India

    1958
    Commission of Mural, Vadodara University and Alembic Chemical Ltd.

    1964
    Commission of 15 Bronze Statues of Mahatma Gandhi now in Rio de Janeiro

    1967-68
    Commission 2 Stainless Steel Rotating Sculpture for Jyoti Ltd., Vadodara, India

    1971
    Padma Shri by the President of India

    1974
    D. Litt ( Honoris Causa ) by the Centro Escolar University, Philippines

    1976
    Commissioned by Government of India, 5 Brass Sculpture for World Bank

    1981
    Aban-Gagan Award, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, India

    1986
    Commission of 5 Bronze Sculptures of Mahatma Gandhi for Copenhagen, Denmark

    1987
    Commission 4 Marble Sculpture for Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya

    1987
    Commission 5 Marble Sculpture for the UNICEF, New Delhi, India

    1997
    Hon. Doctorate Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, India

    2000
    Desikottama, Hon. Doctorate, Viswa Bharati University, Santiniketan, India

    2002
    Aditya Vikram Birla Kala Shikhar Puraskar

    2004
    Lalit Kala Ratna Puraskar, New Delhi, India ( 9 August )

    2004
    Legends of India, Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Additional And extra details

    SELECT TEACHING & EXPERIENCE
    1986
    Visited Ethnographic Museums at Oslo, Lillehamer and Open Air Museum at Copenhagen, Denmark

    1988
    Visited as visiting Fellow and toured Indonesia

    1949-50
    Reader, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, India

    1949-50
    Head of the Sculpture Department, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, India

    1952
    First Honorary Joint Secretary Indian Sculptors Association, Mumbai, India

    1956
    Member, Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, India

    1957-66
    Professor of Sculpture, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, India

    1961
    Represented India at the International Symposium of Sculptors in Yugoslavia

    1962
    Organised Lalit Kala Akademi's Sculptor's Camp at Makrana, Nagaur, India

    1966-68
    Dean Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Vadodara, India

    1969
    Organised Exhibition, Folk and Tribal Image of India, for Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, India

    1972
    Organised Rural India Complex on behalf of All India Handicrafts Board

    1974
    Honorary Secretary, Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, India

    1976
    Participated in Seminar on Tagore, Dartington, UK

    1976
    Visiting Professor, Benares Hindu University, Varanasi, India

    1976-77
    Organised Artist's Studio at Garhi for Lalit Kala Akademi

    1977-78
    Visiting Fellow, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, India

    1980
    Professor of Fine Arts, University of Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania

    1982
    Participated in Seminar organised by the British Museum, London, UK

    1982
    Organised exhibition of Books at the Festival of India in UK

    1982
    Fellowship, Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, India

    1984-89
    Full Time Member, Delhi Urban Art Commission, New Delhi, India

    1984-89
    Member, All India Handicrafts Board

    1984-89
    Member of Jury, 5th Triennale India, Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, India

    1984-89
    Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, India

    1985
    Conference on preservation of Folk Lore Tradition, Represented India at UNESCO, Paris, France

    1986
    Represented India at the International Conference sponsored by UNESCO, Venice, Italy

    1987-92
    President, Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal, India

    1989
    Led a delegation to China at the invitation of the Chinese Peoples Society for Friendship with Foreign Country

Contact Information

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    Deoghar, Santhal Parganas, Bihar, India

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