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Nationality  Indian

Name  Balan Nambiar
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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Major works

  • Monument to the Assassinated, Kota stone, steel and granite, 2.5 x 5.6 x 1.8 m., Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi, 1995
  • Valampiri Shankha, stainless steel, 2.4 m. high, Indian Institute of Science, gifted by Texas Instruments, Bangalore, 2000
  • Hanging sculpture, stainless steel, 5.3 m. high, ING-Vysya Bank, Bangalore, 2003
  • Sculpture for Timken, stainless steel, 6.02 m. high, TIMKEN, Bangalore, 2004
  • Kannati Bimbam 2007
  • The Sky is the Limit, stainless steel, 6.5 m. high, Indian Oil Corporation, New Delhi, 2010
  • Collections

  • National Gallery of Modern Art, India (sculptures in National Gallery Modern Art, New Delhi; Government Museum, Bangalore; National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore; Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur)
  • Government Museum, Chennai
  • Museum of Sacred Art, Durbuy, Belgium
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore
  • see more in Shrishti gallery, India

    Publications on ritual art

  • Nambiar, Balan (2014). "Veeralipattu, Valampiri Shankha, Kannadi Bimbam". Kottayam, Kerala State, India: DC Books. ISBN 978-81-264-5348-1 (Malayalam)
  • Nambiar, Balan (2011). "Ancient Ritual Objects and Modern Sculptures: The Metal Mirrors and Valampiri Conches of Kerala". In Narasimha, Roddam. History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization. Munshirm Manoharlal. pp. 407–422. ISBN 81-87586-494. 
  • Nambiar, Balan (2009). "Mythos und Kunsthandwerk (Rituals, myths and handicrafts)". In Beltz, Johannes. Wenn Masken tanzen – Rituelles Theater und Bronzekunst aus Südindien. Museum Rietberg, Zürich, pp. 19–55. ISBN 978-3-907077-40-5 (German)
  • Nambiar, Balan (2001). "Masks in the ritual arts of the west coast of southern India". In Malik, S.C. Man, Mind and Mask, IGNCA, New Delhi, pp. 267–271. ISBN 81-7305-192-5
  • Nambiar, Balan (2000). "Teyyam, the Ritual Performing Arts of northern Kerala". In Goswamy, B.N. History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization: Indian Art, pp. 265–277, New Delhi. ISBN 81-215-0904-1
  • Nambiar, Balan (1993). "Tai paradevata: Ritual impersonation in the Teyyam tradition of Kerala". In Brückner H., Lutze L., Malik A. Flags of fame, Studies in South Asian folk culture, pp. 139–163, South Asia Books, ISBN 81-7304-049-4
  • Nambiar, Balan., Fisher E. (1987) "Patola / Virali pattu – from Gujarat to Kerala". Lang, Peter, Asiatische Studien 41,2: 120–146, 1987 (German)
  • Nambiar, Balan (1981). "Gods and Ghosts – Teyyam and Bhuta rituals". Doshi, Saryu (ed) The performing Arts, Marg Volume 34, Issues 3–4, Bombay, 1981, pp 62–73
  • References

    Balan Nambiar Wikipedia