Dinkar Kowshik dead

Santiniketan, Feb 13 (PTI) Dinkar Kowshik, eminentpainter and writer on art and artists died at his residencehere today, his family sources said.

Kowshik was 93 and is survived by two sons and adaughter. His wife had predeceased him.

Born in Dharwar in 1918, he was student of University ofBombay, came to Santiniketan as a student of fine arts in 1940when Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was alive and was anashramite till his last day.

His contemporaries at Santiniketan were film maestroSatyajit Ray, with whom he shared warm relations and painterSankho Choudhury.

While still a student he took part in Quit IndiaMovement and was imprisoned here.

He later joined the faculty of College of Arts in Delhifrom 1949 to 1964 and trained at the Belle Arts Roma from 1955to 1956.

Kowshik became professor and principal of College ofArts in Lucknow from 1964 to 1967. He then became theprincipal of Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan and retired from therein 1978. He stayed back here after his retirement.

Among his publications with translations in variouslanguages are Age and Image, Nandalal Bose, Blossoms of Light,Akura Kakuzo and Okakura, besides many articles and bookletson Rabindranath Tagore and others.

He was instrumental in the formation of the Delhi ShilpiChakra, Triveni Kala Sangam, Arts-Glacerhi (all in Delhi) andthe in the metamorphosis of Delhi Polytechnic into College ofArts.

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