Jagmohan Chopra Memorial Meeting

 

Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi organised a memorial meeting to pay tribute to Professor Jagmohan Chopra, former Principal, Govt. College of Art, Chandigarh, Director Govt. Museum Chandigarh, President and Chairman All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, Delhi, and Vice Chairman and Secretary, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi. 

The meeting was held at the conference hall of Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, Sector 34 A, this evening 6th March at 5 pm.

Apart from senior members of the art fraternity including  Malkit Singh, S Raj Kumar, Balvinder, Aradhna Tandon, J S Garcha, Shiv Singh who attended this meeting B N Goswamy, eminent art historian, Diwan Manna, Chairman, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi and Professor S S Bhatti, former principal Chandigarh College of Architecture spoke on this occasion. Diwan Manna remembered him as a pioneer print maker, able art administrator and a visionary who brought Chandigarh on the national art map. He also mentioned the fact that Chandigarh did not give him his due. Professor Goswamy reminded the people of Chandigarh that they should not forget those who have contributed hugely to the city and the region. Professor Bhatti spoke about the versatile personality of Shri Jagmohan Chopra.

Pablo Bartholomew, eminent photographer and Professor D. C. Bhattacharya, eminent art historian sent a written tribute to Sh. Chopra which was read to the audience by Shri Diwan Manna.

Professor Chopra breathed his last on 3rd March 2013 in Delhi after prolonged illness.

Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi condoles the death of legendary print maker, able teacher and a visionary who built institutions with determination, futuristic vision and the spirit of a missionary.

6th March 2013

Biography

Jagmohan Chopra (born 1935 Lahore, now in Pakistan, died 3rd March 2013, New Delhi) has been referred to as ‘an artist’s artist’, someone who has consistently been ahead of his time in his various artistic expressions. Best known as one of the country’s pioneer print makers, he has been equally progressive in the art of photography.

Jagmohan Chopra is one of India’s most senior artists, with an impressive list of awards and recognitions to his name. He has held senior positions in the country’s major cultural institutes, such as Lalit Kala, AIFACS, Silpi Chakra and Government Museum Art Gallery Chandigarh. He has inspired many of today’s successful artists with his teachings at the Delhi College of Art and the Government College of Art in Chandigarh.

He has participated in numerous exhibitions in India and abroad and been a much sought-after member of national and international Jury bodies. In 1987 North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala honored Jagmohan for his contribution to art and culture in the country and in 1988 he was awarded the prestigious Kala Ratna award by AIFACS. His art works can be found in the collections of museums, cultural institutes and individual collectors in India and abroad.

Jagmohan lives and works in Delhi.

Biography

Born 1935, National Diploma in Fine Arts from Art Department (School of Art) Delhi Polytechnic, 1958.

After completing his diploma he joined as a senior lecturer College of Art, New Delhi. He participated in various All India Exhibitions including the NATIONAL Exhibition of Art regularly since 1957, International Exhibition, Graphics Art Exhibitions, Poland (1960), Manila (1965), Leipzing, Germany (1965). IX Biennale of Sao Paulo, Brazil (1967), Xth International Exhibition of Drawings and Engravings, Lugano, Switzerland (1968) and Biennale of Graphics arts, Krakow, Poland (1968), the VI the Biennale of Prints, Manila, Philippines, Triennale, India (1968, 1971, 1974, 1978, 1982), Western pacific Print Biennale, Australia ((1976)).

Awards:

Punjab Government’s Silver Medal Graphic (1959), First Prize, AIFACS Annual 1959 (painting), Honorable mention for Graphic, Bombay Arts Society, Annual (1959). Judge’s Prize for Water Colour, Indian Academy of Fine Arts and Crafts, Amritsar 1959, Silver Medal for paintings, Annual Jammu and Kashmir Akademi (1960), Gold Medal at First All India Graphics Exhibition (1965), New Delhi, First Prize Graphic, Coma AIFACS Annual Exhibition (1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970), National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, 1968, 1970. Awarded “Kala Ratna” by AIFACS 1988.

International Award

Lugano (Switzerland 1968) and Manila (Philippines 1969).

One Man Shows of paintings, Delhi, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1963; Graphics 1968.

 Member of Silpi Chakra, New Delhi.

Former Chairman AIFACS, New Delhi and Life Member AIFACS.

President of AIFACS from 1991 to 1997, Honored as Veteran Artist by AIFACS, New Delhi 1996.

Founder member and Honorary Secretary Group 8, an association of working graphics artists, New Delhi. Vice Chairman, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi 1978 to 1985, Chandigarh, Vice President, Chandigarh Camera Society, Chandigarh, Honorary Secretary, Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi, Chandigarh, Executive Committee member, Punjab Arts Council, Chandigarh.

Works in Collection of the Earl of Harewood, England, The Ambassador of Sudan in India, Lalit Kala Akademi, Hyderabad, State Museum, Andhra Pradesh Lalit Kala Akademi, Fine Arts Museum, Panjab University, National gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, Raj Niwas, Delhi, College of Art, New Delhi, Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi. Baroda University Fine Arts Faculty, Baroda, Faculty of Fine Arts, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Museum of Modern Art, Jaipur, Govt. Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh and Various other private collections.

Retired as Principal, Government College of Art, Chandigarh in 1992.

He was Member International Jury of II Biennale of Art, Havana, Cuba (1986).

He was Honored by North Zone Cultural Center, Patiala for contribution to Art and Culture in the Country in 1987.

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