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B.C. Sanyal dead

New Delhi Jan. 9. The doyen of Indian art, B.C. Sanyal, died here today after a brief illness, family sources said. He was 101.

Born in 1902 in Dhubri in Assam, he carved a niche for himself in Lahore where he set up the Lahore College of Arts.

Affectionately know as ``Bhabeshda,'' he was one of the few artists who witnessed 20th century Indian art in all its phases.

Honoured with several prestigious awards, including the Padma Bhushan in 1987, the grand-dad of Indian art was also given honorary citizenship of Baltimore, USA, in 1989.

The theme of the painter-sculptor's art works focused on human struggles, especially by the economically deprived sections of society. — PTI

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