Beohar RAMMANOHAR Sinha
About Beohar RAMMANOHAR Sinha
Born on 15 June 1929 in Jabalpur and passed away on 25 October 2007 in Indore.
Illustrated the original CONSTITUTION OF REPUBLIC OF INDIA in 1949.
Illustrated the panels of the historic Kalyani session of Congress in 1954 presided by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru who greatly admired all his works.
Also executed several extensive and intricate murals in Vishwa Bharati Santiniketan in 1950 and Martyr Memorial 'Shaheed-Smarak' in 1952.
Works represented in numerous public and private galleries throughout the world. These include British Museum (London, UK), Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK), Tate Gallery, Commonwealth Institute (London, UK), Kenderdine Gallery (Saskatchewan, Canada), Museum of British Empire (Bristol, UK), China Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing, PRC), Presidential Palace (New Delhi, India), Barber Institute of Fine Arts (Birmingham, UK), AAFC Federal Government of Canada (Saskatoon, Canada), Organization for International Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (Osaka, Japan), etc.
Awarded with the national honour 'Kala Shree' in 2001 and the highest honour 'Shikhar Samman' in 1991.
Specific additional details may be obtained from Dr Anupam Sinha (son) in Canada by clicking on 'contact the artist' link at the bottom of this page.
Studied and worked with great Indian artists Nandlal Bose, Binodebehari Mukhopadhyay, Ramkinker Baij, Vinayak Shivram Masoji, etc., for decades. Mastered Tempera, Wash, Gouache.
At Tagores Shantiniketan, Beohar R.M. Sinha happened to be the favorite disciple of Nandlal, Binodebehari, Ramkinker in the late 1940s and early 1950s. They were the gurus who strongly advocated inclusion of his name for prestigious commissions to illustrate the original Constitution of India, the Shaheed Smarak Jabalpur, etc., when Sinha was just about 20-25 years old.
Studied and worked with chinese greatmasters Chi Pai Shih (Qi Baishi), Li Khu Chhan (Li Kuchan), Li Kha Ran (Li Keran) and Wu Jo Ran (Wu Zuoren) in Beijing, ChongQing, Shanghai and Nanjing for several years. Gained expertise in Kung Pi (Gong Bi Hua) as well as Shie Yi (Xie Yi Hua) schools of chinese painting. He also used this opportunity to exhibit and disseminate his Indian art there, which was widely appreciated by Chinese art masters.
His determination, dedication, hard-work and accomplishments facilitated to him the best of Indian and Chinese art and he synthesized his own unique style of painting by amalgamation of the two. He, thus, used his art as a bridge of peace to bring these two ancient civilizations (India and China) together. This aspect of his art is particularly admired in the West where his paintings have extensively been exhibited. His contribution towards world harmony is, therefore, unique and most relevant in the context of present day world order.
Also worked with Jamini Roy, Satyajit Ray, etc., for some time. His creative life spanned over half a century. Developed his own unique style of painting. Loved experimenting, evident from the heterogeneous collection of his works in different corners of the world, representing the various phases of his life.
He was also an authority on oriental (East) as well as occidental (West) art and his study was extensive and remarkable. His lectures and interviews in London were heard and appreciated far and wide. His biography was published by International Biographical Centre (Cambridge) in Men of Achievement.
Served as Director of the Institute of Fine Arts (1986-89), Dean Faculty of Painting (1975-81), Head of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts (1962-86) and Professor at Santiniketan (1959-61).
Despite his glorious and enviable achievements, and true to the footsteps of his gurus and his artistic heritage, he remained shy of the limelight and awards/honors. He quietly continued his devotion to arts and spent most of his time in painting, educating, guiding, meditating and furthering the greater cause of arts. He passed-away in 2007 after bequeathing his artistic heritage to his son Dr Anupam Sinha.
Batrice Royal Contemporary Art Gallery, Southampton, UK, 1999, 1998.
The Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead, UK, 1997.
The IIC UK Centre, London, UK, 1997.
Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi, India, 1997, 1994.
The Westminster Marylbone House Gallery, London, UK, 1997.
The Nehru International Centre Art Gallery, London, UK, 1997.
The Jellys Art Gallery, Berkshire, UK, 1996.
Indian National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai (Madras), India, 1993.
The Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (Bombay), India, 1993.
Veteran Artists Exhibition, All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi, India, 1993.
The Birla Academy of Arts, Calcutta, India, 1992.
The India International Centre, New Delhi, India, 1992.
The Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal, India, 1992, 1991.
The Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai (Bombay), 1992.
Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad, Jabalpur, India, 1991, 1990, 1986, 1968, 1966, 1965.
The All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi, India, 1991, 1990, 1953.
Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, India, 1987, 1974, 1969.
Art Festival Kala Mela, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, India, 1978.
The University of Art & Music (IKSVV), Khairagarh, India, 1978.
Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad, Bhopal, 1978, 1973; Raipur, 1967, 1964, 1963; Gwalior, India, 1964.
The Visva-Bharti University, Shantiniketan, India, 1972, 1960, 1959, 1951.
China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, 1958, 1957.
Southwestern Fine Arts Institue, ChongQing, China, 1958.
Nanjing Arts Institute, Nanjing, China, 1958.,
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