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Amarnath Sehgal

Amarnath Sehgal is a renowned Indian sculptor, born on January 12, 1922, in Campbellpur, British India (now Pakistan). He is widely recognized for his significant contributions to modern Indian sculpture and his role in shaping the country's post-independence art scene. Sehgal's artistic journey began with his education at the Mayo School of Art in Lahore, followed by further studies at the Sir J.J. School of Art in Bombay (now Mumbai). His early works were influenced by the classical Indian sculptural traditions, but he soon developed a distinctive style that blended traditional elements with modern sensibilities. Sehgal's sculptures often explored themes of human struggle, social justice, and the human condition, reflecting the political and cultural climate of post-independence India. He worked with a variety of materials, including bronze, stone, and wood, and his sculptures ranged from intimate, small-scale pieces to monumental public installations. Some of his most notable works include the Triumph of Labour sculpture at the Bhakra Nangal Dam, the Martyrs' Memorial in Patna, and the Kamani Auditorium in New Delhi. Throughout his career, Sehgal received numerous awards and accolades, including the Padma Bhushan, one of India's highest civilian honors, in 1974. His legacy continues to inspire and influence generations of Indian sculptors, cementing his position as a pivotal figure in the history of modern Indian art.

modern Indian sculpture, post-independence art, human struggle, social justice, human condition, bronze, stone, wood, public installations

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