Publication: Times of India
By Priyanka Kachhava
CHANDIGARH: As part of its series of interactive sessions with renowned artists, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi will host an audio visual presentation \'Career Graph\' by Balan Nambiar on December 5.
The presentation will be held at the Government Museum & Art Gallery in Sector 10 of the city.
Balan Nambiar, born in 1937 in Kannapuram, Kerala, India, is a painter, sculptor, enamellist, photographer and an academic researcher.
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.
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: National Award in 1981 of Lalit Kala Academi (National Academy of Fine Arts) and Karnataka State Award in 1980 for his sculptures, Senior Fellowship of the Ministry of Culture, India 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 Akademy in 2013 for painting.
Nambiar has been chairman of the Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, member of the General Council of Lalit Kala Academy, member of the Central Advisory Board on Culture, India.