Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi to give
Sohan Qadri Fellowship
of Rs. 1,00,000/- (One Lakh rupees)
Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi invites applications for Sohan Qadri Fellowship
for an artist between 25 and 45 years of age in various streams such as drawing/ painting/mix media / installation / photography / graphics-print making & sculpture.
The last date for submission of applications is
2nd April 2012 (before 4.00pm)
Artists Residing and or employed in Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali are eligible for the fellowship.
Selected artist would get rupees one lakh as fellowship during a period of one year.
The fellowship is aimed at providing talented artists a platform to continue their research to develop new ideas in their respective disciplines.
The forms are available at the Akademi website:
Akademi office in State Library, Sector 34 A, Chandigarh,
Mr. Ravinder Sharma, Govt. College of Art, Sector 10 C, Chandigarh
Mr. Bheem Malhotra, Chandigarh College of Architecture
The Fellowship is being sponsored by Sohan Qadri Foundation. Mrs. Purvi Qadri, President of the foundation and daughter of Sohan Qadri has initiated this fellowship. Qadri was a well known artist of Punjabi origin with strong Chandigarh connections.
Sohan Qadri received his art education from Government College of Art Chandigarh
and had many friends in Chandigarh and Punjab.
Sohan Qadri 1932-2011
painter and Punjabi poet born 2 November 1932, Chachoki, Punjab, India; died 1 March 2011 Toronto, Canada
Artist and poet Sohan Qadri who has died at the age of 78 in Toronto after a prolonged illness, leaves a rich legacy of poetry and art deeply immersed in Indian tradition. He is one of the few Punjabi painters who have made a mark on the international art scene.
A poet, painter and Tantric yogi, Sohan Qadri was deeply engaged with spirituality. Qadri rhythmically serrated and punctured the surface of paper as part of his meditation practice. Relying on a language of orifices and elongated paths or lines, he abandoned representation in search of transcendence. Serenely composed, his works are intended to arrest the viewer’s thinking process and invite him or her to enter a metaphysical realm. The artist started exploring spiritual themes in the 1950s. He was born in the Punjab, in the village of Chachoki near Jalandhar. At the young age he was initiated into yogic practice first by Bikham Giri, a Bengali Tantric Vajrayana yogi, and few years later he became close to a Sufi figure, Ahmed Ali Shah Qadri, whose last name he adopted. From them he imbibed an ecumenical and a deep spiritual yearning. He received his fine art degree from the Government College of Art in Simla, India, against the wishes of his parents. After finishing his studies, Qadri formed the Loose Group of painters and poets in India in 1964. He taught art for four years at Ramgarhia College Phagwara. Soon after he became part of the circuit of the Indian modernists that included M.F. Husain, Syed Haider Raza, Ara, Ram Kumar, and Sailoz Mookherjee. Mulk Raj Anand, was the first to recognise Qadri’s talent and organised his first exhibition in Le Corbusier’s brand new architectural complex in Chandigarh. He was the mentor friend of Shiv Kumar the poet.
Soon after, Qadri departed for Nairobi, Kenya in 1966, where under the patronage of the African cultural figure Elimo Njau, he had a successful exhibition at Paa-yaa-paa, a non-profit art gallery. At the time, the gravitational pull for artists was Paris, where Qadri lived for a few years. He eventually set up a studio in Zurich before settling in Copenhagen where he lived for more than 40 years. In the 1970s, he, along with a group of artists and counter-culture figures, illegally occupied an old gun factory, which eventually became the famous free city Christianna. He traveled through East Africa, North America, and Europe. Throughout the course of his career Qadri interacted with an array of intellectual figures including the architect Le Corbusier, the surrealist painter René Margritte and the Nobel laureate Heinrich Böll, who said: “Sohan Qadri with his painting liberates the word meditation from its fashionable taste and brings it back to its proper origin.” Qadri was immersed in painting and meditation for decades. His dye-suffused paintings on meticulously serrated paper reflect his Vajrayana Tantric Buddhist philosophical beliefs. Dr. Robert Thurman, professor of Eastern religions at Columbia University and director of Tibet House, says: “If words were colours, Qadri’s art would not be as essentially necessary as it is.” Sohan Qadri has had more than 70 exhibitions across the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. His works are in the collections of the Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts; the Rubin Museum of Art, New York; and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. His paintings are also in notable private collections, including those of Cirque du Soleil, Heinrich Böll, and Dr. Robert Thurman. Despite the fact that he lived most of his life in Denmark, an overiding sense of Eastern ethos pervades his art.