|Nationality Indian||Name Balan Nambiar|
|Born November 12, 1937 (1937-11-12) Kannapuram, Kerala, India|
Known for paintings, sculptures, researches on ritual art
Notable work Valampiri Shanka, The sky is the limit
Awards India National award for sculpture, Nehru fellowship for research
Balan nambiar interview by parul chandigarh lalit kala akademi
Balan Nambiar (Malayalam: ബാലൻ നമ്പ്യാര്; born 12 November 1937) is an Indian painter, sculptor, enamellist, photographer and an academic researcher.
- Balan nambiar interview by parul chandigarh lalit kala akademi
- Major works
- Publications on ritual art
As a sculptor he worked with clay, fiberglass reinforced concrete, wood, bronze, mild steel and, from 2000, stainless steel. Many of his works are outdoor sculptures; some are monumental. He produced enamel paintings, having learned the technique from Paolo De Poli of Padua, Italy. His creative works were exhibited in national and international art exhibitions, including Venice Biennale in 1982, Constructa-78 in Hannover in 1978, Triennale India in New Delhi in 1975. Works by him are in the permanent collection of many museums.
Balan Nambiar has extensively studied, photographed and documented hundreds of ritual performances and art forms of the Indian west coast as Teyyam and Bhuta. Articles and photographs by him are published in books. Around 1800 of his photographs have been acquired by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi.
He received awards both for creative works and academic research: India National Award in 1981 and Karnataka State Award in 1980 of Lalit Kala Academy (National Academy of Fine Arts) for his sculptures, Senior Fellowship of the India Ministry of Culture in 1982–83 and Nehru Fellowship of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund in 1983–85 for academic research, Academy Fellowship of the Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy in 2005 for creative works, Pravasi Kalaratna Fellowship of Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi in 2013 for painting. The Government of Kerala awarded him the 2014 Raja Ravi Verma Puraskaram, the highest state award in the art category, in 2015.
He has been chairman of the Lalit Kala Academi, New Delhi, member of the General Council of Lalit Kala Academy, member of the Central Advisory Board on Culture, India
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