Life and Journey of Badri Narayan

Badri Narayan Shri Ganeshji with tatooed Hands watercolour on paper 14.5 x 10 in. (36.8 x 25.4 cm.) painted in 2011
By Badri Narayan- Shri Ganeshji with tattooed Hands watercolour on paper, painted in 2011

Badri Narayan (22 July 1929, Secunderabad, India – 23 September 2013, Bangalore) was an modern artist, illustrator, author and story-teller. Badri Narayan’s Ganapati, scenes represented by figures like unicorns and mermaids attract me instantly, and I enjoy his works a lot.

Working primarily with ink, pastels and watercolours, preferably in small size, he also painted on tiles and ceramics and did etchings and woodcuts. Most of his compositions focus on imagery inspired by the Jataka tales and the world around him. He was a writer of short stories and was also known for his illustrations of children’s books that have been published widely. He use to paint figures like unicorn, mermaids, breaded sage to tell a story through his painting. He tried to build conversations between humans and semi-divine beings, animals and gods through his paintings.

 Under the aegis of the Senior Fellowship, 1984-1986, he wrote an extensive paper on “The Art of the Child and the Modern Painter”. Badri Narayan has interacted and worked extensively with children including juvenile delinquents and the handicapped young.

All India Radio also filmed a documentary on him. He has received numerous awards, including the Padma Shri in 1987 and the Maharashtra Gourav Puruskar in 1990.  He conducted art workshops and camps and narrated stories to live audience of children in television studios. He believed that inspite of demand of electronic media, the live story-teller will continue to play an important role generating warmth and understanding in human relationships. His first solo exhibition of  paintings was held at the Hyderabad Art Society in 1954.

List of his exhibition (Source:

Solo exhibitions:

  • Art Museum, Sharjah, U.A.E. 2006
  • Khajuraho Drawings Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal 2005
  • Aruchai Art Gallery, New Delhi 2005
  • Gallerie Zeri Bangalore 2002
  • Gallery Muller & Plate Munich Germany 2001
  • Art world Chennai 2000
  • Dhoomimal Gallery New Delhi 1999
  • Bharat Bhawan Bhopal 1999
  • Rettospecitive Aurodhan Gallery Pondicherry 1999
  • Dhoomimal Gallery New Delhi 1989, 92, 96
  • Pundole art Gallery Bombay 1982, 86, 90, 95
  • Sarla Art Centre Madras 1979, 80, 87
  • Sistas Art Gallery Bangalore 1987
  • Alliance Francaise Bangalore 1980
  • Cymroza Art Gallery Bombay 1973
  • Jehangir Art Gallery Bombay 1975,77
  • Taj Art Gallery Bombay 1978
  • Shridharani Gallery New Delhi 1972, 74, 76, 78
  • AIFACS Gallery New Delhi 1967
  • Kala Parisad Gallery Bhopal 1973, 77, 78, 85, 90
  • School of Art Indore 1962
  • Bharati Kala Bhawan ujjain 1959
  • Gallery kasahara Osaka, Japan 1981
  • Continental Hotel Sharjah, UAE 1987
  • Indian Sports Club Dubai, UAE 1987 Gallery in Amesgericht Germany 1974
  • Maison Des

Participating exhibitions:

  • 3rd Tricanale India 1974, New Delhi
  • National Exhibition 1972, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1988, 1989 New Delhi
  • Contemporary Indian Art World Trade Fair, New Delhi 1972
  • Miniature Format Exhibition New Delhi, Bombay, Bangalore, Madras 1980, Bombay 1991
  • Selected Works from National Exhibition Madras, Bombay 1989 and Prazae, Chukoeslovakia, 1989 Ouaks Trienrude 1990, 93, 96, Japan
  • “Arshr Circle” 15 Emingent Painters Taj Hotel and “Art Worked Gallery” Chennai 1997
  • “Art in Industry” RMCF, Tara Nagar, Jamshadpur 1998
  • 3 Indian Painters “House of Asia Gallery Rotterdam Holland 1996”
  • Contemporary Indian Art National Gallery of Modern Art Kulalamper and University Museum, Penang, Malaysia 1999
  • Chalta Trimnale, Japan 2001
  • National Exhibitions (Inited artist) 2002 Ahmedabad
  • Indo-koera Exhibition Seoul Kore 2003
  • International Exhibition Kobe, Japan 2005
  • Harmony Annual Exhibition, Arushi Gallery, New Delhi 2006
  • 70 years Danomimal Gallery, New Delhi 2006

Take Care

Sonal 🙂

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3 responses to “Life and Journey of Badri Narayan”

  1. gksonal Avatar

    Reblogged this on Moments of life!.


  2. Booleanidea Avatar

    Good collection.


  3. gksonal Avatar

    Excited to know about the launch of the new book Badri Narayan: Portrait of the Artist as Story Teller. Badri Narayan’s Ganapati, scenes represented by figures like unicorns and mermaids attract me instantly.#art #badrinarayan #arttalk #artist #indianart


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