National Artist Award for Pratiksha

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Pratiksha Apurv received the National Artist Award for her painting, Cosmic Balance, on March 10, 2016; reported by the Hindustan Times, India.

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Inspired by her uncle Osho’s vision, Pratiksha Apurv (52) began painting in 2003. With no formal training, today the artist is known for reviving meditative art in the country. Soon, she will be felicitated for her creative contributions.

Pratiksha has been selected for the national artist award by Lalit Kala Akademi, under the union culture ministry that would be conferred on her in Lucknow on March 10. The painting for which she’s being felicitated will also by exhibited at the 57th national exhibition of art at Lalit Kala Akademi, Aliganj, here.

Pratiksha showing painting
Accepting the award
Award given to Pratiksha
Pratiksha showing her painting 'Cosmic Balance'
With family members at ceremony


Talking to HT, Pratiksha said, “My painting was titled ‘Cosmic Balance’. It depicts the mantra balance in life – to enjoy every moment in its totality but witnessing everything in life, be it happiness or sadness, like an outsider.”

Having designed clothes for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, actor Vinod Khanna, saroj maestro Amjad Ali Khan, sufi singer Hansraj Hans, cricketing legend Kapil Kapil Dev, tabla maestro Zaik Hussain and several other luminaries, Pratiksha quit fashion designing when she was at the peak of her career and devoted herself to painting. She said that she practices meditation and follows her mind.

Over 15 artists will be honoured with the award that comprises a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh. There are two other names from Uttar Pradesh – Amit Kumar from Lucknow and Dheeraj Yadav from Allahabad.

Amit Kumar, an independent artist from Lucknow said: “My painting, which was selected for the award, shows a zebra that has the face of a lion and a microphone in front of it. The message it gives is that even an ordinary man needs to don the face of a lion to put forward his words.”

Dheeraj Yadav from Allahabad is being awarded for his drawing titled ‘Untitled 40’. The awards will be presented in various categories including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation and print making among others.

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