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PUJA AWASTHI | New Delhi, December 20, 2013 09:57
Tags : C.N. Karunakaran | Kerala Lalitha Kala Akademi |P.T. Bhaskara Paniker Award | Malayattoor Ramakrishnan Award |Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy |

C.N. Karunakaran, acclaimed painter with a career spanning five decades, celebrated art director, former chairman of the Kerala Lalitha Kala Akademi, and founder of the state’s first private gallery passed away in Kochi at the age of 73. He travelled the world with his work, but maintained that he painted for himself. “I paint to satisfy my own endless query canvas after canvas”, he had once said. His initiation into art began by copying landscapes from magazine covers and when in standard three he copied the image of the Asoka Pillar – an effort that delighted his teachers. Starting with heavily ornate figures, he moved to painting in a single colour in all its variations, swinging from geometric to organic, and from figurative to quasi abstract. His many awards included the Madras Lalitha Kala Academy award, Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy award (1971, 1972, 1975), P.T. Bhaskara Paniker Award, Malayattoor Ramakrishnan Award, and the Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy Fellowship. 

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