Akbar Padamsee


Akabar Padamsee was born in Mumbai in the year 1928. (April 12, 1928). He was born is one of the Indian Muslim families who are have the origin from Gujarat. From childhood he was brought up in Mumbai. The surname “Padmashree” or “Padamsee” has been earned bv his great work after he disseminated his entire warehouse to the village during a scarcity. In his Early in life, he started his journey of painting with copying the images and that too from “The Illustrated Weekly of India”.

Akbar Padamsee is one of the renowned modern Indian artist and painters who has tasted fame and popularity within very short period of time. Mr. Padamsee is been referred being one of the pioneer painters in the field of Modern Indian Art. He is considered to be the contemporary with Raza, Souza and M.F. Hussain.

Being one of the skilled and trained painters he is privileged and has worked on different mediums like oil painting, water color, plastic emulsion and sculpture. Along with these, he is also one of the popular printing makers and computer graphics designer. Akabar is skilled in photography and has worked as a film maker and lithographer. His works are so relevant and have been appreciated by the Modern Indian Artists and Critiques.

Education & Work

Mr. Padamsee has done his schooling from St. Xavier's High School and there only he met with his first guide and teacher, Shirsat, a watercolorist. At first he started with water color and then he attended the classes for nude portrait. He did hid preparation of arts at the Sir J.J. School of Art. After seeing his dedication and skill the admin of the art school allowed him to join directly in the third year. During his art course Akbar joined the Progressive Artists' Group; the institute was founded by Francis Newton Souza in 1947. He was one of the artists there with S. H. Raza, and M. F. Husain. Around this time he grabbed his diploma in arts and associated with the talented group of artists. 

The first exhibition of Akbar Padamsee was held in Paris in 1952. In that exhibition artists participated anonymously, thus he had to share his award prize with a painter named Jean Carzou. The very first solo art exhibition of Akbar Padamsee was held at Jehangir Art Gallery in 1954. After the success of that exhibition Akbar, became one of the leading painters and success came to him overnight. Akbar Padamsee has received the Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship in 1962 and also another fellowship by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1965. Akbar was frequently invited to be an artist-in-residence and that too by University of Wisconsin–Stout, after he returned to India in 1967. Akbar has received several distinctions, amongst these the most prestigious was “Padma Shri” in 2009.    

The major topics which are chosen by Akbar was paintings showcasing landscapes, nudes, heads and he is one of the painters who has created portraits with pencil and charcoal.

Awards and Accolades

Akbar is one of the Indian painters who have most of the prestigious and accolades in his kitty.  He was awarded the Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship (Lalit Kala Ratna) by the Lalit Kala Akademi, India's National Academy of Arts, in 1962, the Kalidas Samman from the Madhya Pradesh Government in 1997 for Plastic Arts and the Padma  Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honor in 2010.

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