Dinkar Kowshik dead

Dinkar Kowshik, eminent painter and writer on art and artists died at his residence on Sunday, his family sources said.

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2011, 18:34 PM IST

Santiniketan: Dinkar Kowshik, eminent
painter and writer on art and artists died at his residence
here on Sunday, his family sources said.

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

Born in Dharwar in 1918, he was student of University of
Bombay, came to Santiniketan as a student of fine arts in 1940
when Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was alive and was an
ashramite till his last day.
His contemporaries at Santiniketan were film maestro
Satyajit Ray, with whom he shared warm relations and painter
Sankho Choudhury.

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

He later joined the faculty of College of Arts in Delhi
from 1949 to 1964 and trained at the Belle Arts Roma from 1955
to 1956.
Kowshik became professor and principal of College of
Arts in Lucknow from 1964 to 1967. He then became the
principal of Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan and retired from there
in 1978. He stayed back here after his retirement.

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

He was instrumental in the formation of the Delhi Shilpi
Chakra, Triveni Kala Sangam, Arts-Glacerhi (all in Delhi) and
the in the metamorphosis of Delhi Polytechnic into College of
Arts.

PTI