Sachida Nagdev is an illustrious contemporary Indian artist. He was born on 25th October 1939 in Ujjain, India. After initial training in painting he went to study in Bharti Kala Bhavan, Ujjain along with Dr. V.S. Wakankar, an archaeologist and artist. In 1961, he obtained his graduation from Sir J. J. School of Art and later in 1962 received his M.A. in ancient Indian History and Culture. Vikram University, Ujjain awarded him an M.A. in Painting in 1970. As an acknowledgement to his talent, Sachida Nagdev was conferred Amrita Shergil Fellowship of M.P. Govt. in 1976 and Govt. of India Senior Fellowship in 1997.
Sachida Nagdev throughout his career has travelled widely in India, Nepal, Europe, Japan and the Middle-East. This journey had a great impact on him. Sachida Nagdev was born in a peaceful ancient holy town in Central India. Old houses, small narrow lanes, the 'ghats' of river Kshipra, saints and temples, old sculptures-- all these enlivened him since his childhood. The changing phenomenon of nature has always been the source of his paintings. Nature speaks its intensity through his canvas. Sometimes some incidents popped in his mind, for which he moved towards the core of his heart and all of these reflects through his paintings and drawings. The 'Death' and 'Gas Tragedy' series can be considered the reflection of those incidents. 'Indian miniature paintings' with their delicate lines and heightened colours have always been Nagdev's motivation. The age old pre-historic paintings and large coloured rocks have always been his inspiration. He is passionate about Indian classical music. Sitar played by his daughter also invigorates him.
Some of his solo exhibitions are -- Gallerie Zen, Bangalore in 2002; Gallery Muller & Plate Munich, Germany in 2001; Art World Gallery, Chennai in 2000; Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi in the years 1989, 92, 96, 99; Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal in 1999; "Retrospective" Aurodhan Art Gallery, Pondicherry in 1999; Pundole Art Gallery, Bombay in the years 1982, 86, 90, 95; Sarla Art Center, Madras in the years 1979, 80, 87; Sista's Art gallery, Bangalore in 1987; Alliance Francaise, Bangalore in 1980; Cymroza Art Gallery, Bombay in 1973; Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay in the years 1975, 77; Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi in the years 1972, 74, 76, 78; AIFACS Gallery, New Delhi in 1967; Kala Parishad Gallery, Bhopal in the years 1973, 77, 78, 85, 90; School of Art, Indore 1962; Bharti Kala Bhavan, Ujjain 1959, 1998; Gallery Kasahara Osaka, Japan in 1981; Continental Hotel Sharjah, UAE in 1987; Indian Sports Club Dubai, UAE in 1987; Gallery in Amtsgericht, Germany in 1974; Maison Des Jeunes Chamonix, France in 1973; Indian Cultural Centre Kathmandu, Nepal in 1969; Royal Nepal Academy Kathmandu, Nepal in 1967; 3rd Triennale India in 1974, New Delhi; National Exhibition in the years 1972, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1988, 1989, New Delhi; Contemporary Indian Art, World Trade fair, New Delhi in 1972; Miniature Format Exhibition New Delhi, Bangalore, Madras, Bombay in 1991; Selected Works from National Exhibition Madras, Bombay in 1982; Bharat Bhavan Biennale, Bhopal in the years 1986, 1992, 1996; Nature and Environment New Delhi, in 1989 and Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1989; Osaka Trinnale, Japan in the years1990, 1993, 1996; "Artist Circle" 15 eminent painters Taj Hotel and "Art World Gallery", Chennai in 1997; "Art in Industry" RMCE, Tata Nagar, Jamshedpur in 1998; "House of Asia Gallery" Rotterdam Holland in 1996, along with 2 other Indian Painters; "National Gallery of Modern Art Kualalampur and University Museum Penang, Malaysia in 1999; Osaka Trinnale, Japan in 2001; National Exhibition (Invited Artist), Ahmedabad in 2002.
Sachida Nagdev's artworks adorn the places like-- Contemporary Art Museum, Osaka Japan; National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi; Gallery of Modern Art, Jaipur; Birla Art Academy, Calcutta; State Art Gallery Bhopal and Gwalior, M.P.; Sri Chitralayam Art Museum Kerala; Roopankar Museum of Modern Art Bharat Bhavan Bhopal; Air India Collection Bombay; U.B. House, TITAN Bangalore; Vidhan Sabha Bhopal; and many others in and outside India. As an acknowledgement to his talent he has been awarded numerous accolades like-- Silver Plaque in 1961 at All India Tagore Art Exhibition Indore; Merit Award in 1960 and 62 at the State Art Exhibition M.P.; Merit Award in 1959 in All India Art Exhibition, Gwalior; Merit Award in All India Kalidas Exhibition Ujjain, in 1967; Best Award at the State Art Exhibition, Bhopal in 1973; Merit Award in All India Ram Charit Manas Exhibition, Bhopal in 1976; The M.P. government awarded him the Honour - "Shikhar Samman" in 1997 and Yomiuri Telecasting Award, Osaka Triennale in 1990, Japan.
(Last Updated on : 11-06-2013)