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Badri Narayan


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Badri Narayan was born on 22nd July, 1929, in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. During the course of his career, he has painted on ceramic tiles and plates, made mosaics, woodcuts, engravings.

Without any formal training in art, he took to painting seriously at the age of nineteen, and to writing about three years later. His paintings were first seen publicly in 1949, in Hyderabad, at the All India Art Exhibition organised by the Hyderabad Art Society.

His first solo exhibition of paintings was held in Hyderabad, by the Hyderabad Art Society, in 1954. Since then, he has held well over fifty solo shows.

Since 1951, his writings on art, folklore, mythology, short stories, verse, and tales for children have appeared in the press in India and outside. He has written an extensive paper on what he considers to be a particularly significant twentieth century phenomenon: 'The Art of the Child and the Modern Painter'. His literary work has also been included in two anthologies, 'Call It A Day' edited by M.C.Gabriel, (Short stories from THOUGHT) Delffi; and 'Read Me A Story', Asian Cultural Centre for UNESCO, Tokyo, 1991.

As an artist and story teller he has conducted art workshops, narrated stories to groups of children in the television studios, in schools, remand homes, and in institutions for juvenile delinquents and the handicapped young. He has done the art work and words for 'Tested Berries', a short film, (Films Division, Government of India, 1973). In 1975, a short TV. film on his work, 'Call It A Day', music by Vijay Raghav Rao, was produced by Mumbal Doordarshan.

As a ceramic tile painter and mosaicist, his work includes a ceramic tile mural and mosaic-on-glass panels for "Truth is God' Pavilion, Gandhi Darshan, New Delhi, 1969.

Books Written and Illustrated:
1984 'Jataka Tales', (Macnifflan India)
1989 'The Elephant and The Dog' (National Book Trust, New Delhi)
1989 'Find The Half Circle' (National Book Trust, New Delhi)

Books Illustrated:
1977 "Indian Mythical Heroines' by R.N.Saletort (India Book House Education Trust, Mumbai)
1977 'Nirvana and Other Poems' by Vijay Raghav Rao (Baban Naik, Mumbai)
1983 'Some Street Games of India", by Mulk Raj Anand (National Book Trust, New Delhi)
1985 'The Mahabharata', by Shanta Rameshwar Rao (Orient Longman, Mumbai)
1986 'In Worship of Shiva', by Shanta Rameshwar Rao, (Orient Longman, Mumbai)
1988 'The Ramayana', by Lakshmi Lal, (Orient Longman, Mumbai)

 


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