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Bal Chhabda was born in 1923 in what is now Pakistan. His career began with film making however he soon gave up and started the well-known gallery in Mumbai
, Gallery 59. The gallery showcased works of many young artists like Krishen Khanna, M.F. Hussain and Tyeb Mehta who are part of the national mainstream today. Chhabda took to painting himself soon after that. He is a multi-faceted personality; he is recognized as an artist, a gallerist, an avid collector and a filmmaker. He has participated in several exhibitions in India and abroad including Salon de la Jeune Peinteure, Paris and Tokyo Biennale, 1960. He received the Governor's award, one of the three major awards, at the Tokyo Biennale in 1961. He has also par6cipated in the exhibition, Seven Indian Painters at Gallerie Le Monde de U Art, Paris, 1994.
Chhabda lives and works in the city of Mumbai. He is one of the distinguished artists associated with the Progressive Artists' Group who made an important contribution to the contemporary art movement in India by consciously seeking a new form, which could describe the Indian reality immediately after the country's independence. His work has discernible boundaries of the form in lyric dispositions. Bal Chhabda has participated in several group exhibits nationally and internationally. He received the Governor's award, one of the three major awards, at the Tokyo Biennale in 1961. He received the Lalit Kala Akademi Award in 1965 and later the Rockefeller Fellowship to travel and work in the USA.
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