ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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An Indian Leonardo

Dashrath Patel, co-founder of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, passed away recently. Dashrath did not receive formal education, yet was recognised worldwide as a luminary in the fi eld of the arts. He collaborated with outstanding artists such as Charles Eames, Louis Kahn, Henri Cartier Bresson, Frei Otto, Harendranath Chattopadhyaya and dancer and choreographer Chandralekha, among others.

Dashrath was like a fragrance that lingers in your memory long after you have been in its vicinity. He was a revolutionary with nuclear energy emanating from his imagination. His enthusiasm for life betrayed a childlike freshness that could never be suppressed by the structure of an organisation or dictates of administrators. His innate creativity found its expression in a wide variety of media he explored – exhibition design, photography, painting and, above all, his abstract line compositions which, in my mind, placed him equal to only Paul Klee.

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