Brahmdeo Ram Pandit
|Born||2 March 1949|
Navada, Bihar, India
|Awards|| Padma Shri 2013|
The All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award
Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay Award
Government of Maharashtra State Award
|Website||Official web site|
Brahmdeo Ram Pandit is an Indian studio potter and craftsman, known for his expertise in making pottery.He was honoured by the Government of India, in 2013, by bestowing on him the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for his contributions to the field of art.
Brahmdeo Ram Pandit was born in kumbhar family with meagre financial resources,on 2 March 1949, in the Navada district, in the Indian state of Bihar, to Ram Pandit, a pottery maker who had learned histrade from his father, Murthi Pandit. He learned the basic craft of pottery making from his father and joined Sekho Devra Ashram in Kawakole, Navada for formal training in pottery making which he completed in 1969. Later, obtaining a scholarship, he went to Khanapur, Belgaum in Karnataka and studied at the Central Village Pottery Institute, run by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission. In 1970, after completing his course the Belgaum institute, he joined, as an apprentice, at Aaj Studio, under the tutelage of Laxman R. Ajgaonkar, and worked there for a year. In 1971, he enrolled himself at the J. J. School of Art, Mumbai and studied clay modelling and sculpture, till 1976. Another scholarship assisted him to join Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and studied there till 1981. Another ten years of learning on advanced pottery making in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore rounded up his studies in 1991.
Pandit started his career by joining the faculty of Sophia College Polytechnic, Mumbai,in 1973, while pursuing his advanced training and studies, and taught there till 2005. He also taught at Shri Basant Kumar Memorial Polytechnic, Mumbai and also at Kamala Mehta Dadar School for the Blind, Mumbai during a period from 1985 to 2013. He was a guest tutor at the various pottery training programmes organized by the Maharashtra Handicrafts, a state run organization. He was said to be popular among the students among whom he was known as Panditji.
Brahmdeo Pandit founded Pandit Art Ceramic,a manufacturing unit of modest proportions, in 1981, at Kalakar Niwas in Bhayandar, a city in Thane district of Maharashtra, for the mass production of his creations. The unit produces around 300 pots a day and is said to be a preferred source point for bonsai growers and ikebana artists.
Brahmdeo Ram Pandit is married to Devki, a known studio potter and a 1981 Maharashtra state award recipient, and the couple has two sons, Abhay and Sailesh, both accomplished artists in their own rights, the former, a graduate from the J. J. School of Art and the latter, a protégé of Ray Meekar [ citation needed ] Pondicherry and a winner of Chares Wallace India Trust award in 2005. The family, his daughter in law, Khushboo, herself a potter, included, run the Pandit Art Ceramic and resides at Bhyander.and Deborah Smith of the Golden Bridge Pottery,
Brahmdeo Pandit's creations are considered by many, as some of the finest in the pottery world.The Rashtrapati Bhavan has displayed five of his creations in its art gallery. Establishments like Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and Nikki Bonsai use the creations from Brahmdeo Ram Pandit. One of his ceramic art installation, Water, has been commissioned at the terminal II of the Mumbai International Airport.
Pandit has had several solo exhibitions, notably at Jehangir Art Gallery and Sophia College Art Gallery. he has also participated in exhibitions at Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai,National Gallery of Modern Art Mumbai and Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi. Paramparik Karigar has hosted several of his exhibitions. Pandit has also conducted several pottery workshops in India and abroad, in countries such as Japan, Germany and Spain, under Government of India cultural exchange programmes.
Brahmdeo Pandit has coauthored a book, published by Paramparik Karigar under the title, Paramparik Karigar : An Association of Craftspersons : Gadwakam Kalamkari; Mithila Kala; Mittikam.
Pandit's creations have been included in a book, Contemporary Ceramics, edited by Emmanuel Cooper.
Brahmadeo Ram Pandit has been recognized for his art by many organizations. He is a two-time winner of the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Awardand has won the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay Award once which he received in 2007. The state of Maharashtra presented him with the state award in 1991 and in 2008, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India conferred the title Shilp Guru on him. Four years later, in 2012, the Government of Bihar awarded him the Pravasi Bihar Shri. This was followed by the award of Padma Shri, which he received the next year, in 2013.
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