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Eminent Indian painter Lalitha Lajmi passes away

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Eminent Indian painter and late filmmaker Guru Dutt’s sister Lalitha Lajmi passed away at the age of 90. She was born to a poet father and a poly-linguistic writer mother in Kolkata in 1932. She was a self-taught artist with a keen interest in classical dance. Over the decades, Lajmi has held several exhibitions at international art galleries in Paris, London and Holland. She also featured in Aamir Khan’s film Taare Zameen Par, which was released in 2007. Lajmi’s daughter, Kalpana Lajmi was also a well-known Indian filmmaker who had made award-winning films like Rudali and Daman. Kalpana Lajmi passed away in 2018 due to multiple illnesses. She is survived by her son Devdas.

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NGMA described Ms Lajmi as an “unparalleled watercolourist”. Through her work, she usually narrated a layered history of the modern Indian woman in the decades that followed Independence. Her works had an element of melancholy and performance, seen here in her artwork, ‘Dance of Life and Death'”.

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