M.S. Chandrasekhar

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Mysore, Karnataka, India
EducationDiploma in Fine arts Painting
Alma materSri Chamarajendra Technical Institute, Mysore, Karnataka, India
Known forWater colour and Oil colour Landscape and Reproduction of Ajanta Mural Painting
Notable work
Paintings at the Banquet Hall, Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore, Reproduction of Ajanta Murals for Archeological Survey of India, a Panel of 'Sri Krishnadevaraya of Hampi' at Parliament House New Delhi
Styleoil and watercolour landscape, Ajanta Reproductions.
Spouse(s)Sunanda Sekhar
AwardsKarnataka Rajya Prashasti, Chitra Shilpi Venkatappa Award
ElectedVice-President Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore, India, Consultant to Dharmothana Trust, Dharmasthala, Karnataka, India

Mysore Subramanya Sastry, Chandrasekhar. (16 Apr 1924 – 23 Jan 2007) M.S.Chandrasekhar[1] was a well known artist of Karnataka, India, known for Landscape paintings and Ajanta mural Reproductions.

He was a senior artist at the Ajanta caves appointed by Archaeological Survey of India from 1957-1982. He reproduced the Ajanta murals paintings for Archeological Survey of India.

Artist Early period

M.S. Chandrasekhar was born in Mysore, India in 1924 into a family of Sanskrit scholars and teachers. In 1938, he completed his art education at the ‘Chamarajendra Technical Institute of Visual Arts' in Mysore.

Artistic styles and Influences

Landscape Paintings

The landscape paintings were distinct to his style, the colour palette reflected the tropical hue.

Painting Ajanta style

He followed the ancient traditions of Indian art while reproducing Ajanta murals.

Artist -Mid period

In 1957 he was appointed by Archaeological Survey of India|the Archeological Survey of India, at Ajanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site|World Heritage Site, as a senior artist. He documented the mural painting on walls by reproducing them.

Reproductions of Murals at Ajanta

He reproduced Ajanta murals including the panel of 'Avalokiteśvara|Bodhisattva Padmapani ', Cave 1, which took him 4 years (1969-1973), ‘Vajrapani’, ‘Shankapala Jataka’, ‘Mahajanaka Jataka’, ‘Sibi Jataka‘, Cave 2 ‘Birth of Buddha’, ’Vidhura pandita Jataka’, Cave 16 - ‘Dying princess’, Cave 16 & Cave 17- ‘The Mahamaya, Toilet scene’, Flying ‘Gandharvas’, ‘Hamsa Jataka’, Chaddanta Jataka’, ’Visvantara Jataka’, Mahakapi Jataka, ‘Matruposhaka Jataka’, and ‘Simhalavadhana Jataka,’ Mother and child. The reproductions are preserved in the Archives of Government of India.

Artist-Later period

In 1982, he retired after an illustrious career spanning twenty-five years at Ajanta caves and starting painting landscapes in addition to reproducing Ajanta murals.

He was vice-president of Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath Bangalore, Between the years 1983-1985, he was commissioned to execute the historical panel of Sri Krishnadevaraya’ (panel No 47) painted in the technique of Egg-tempera, to adorn the walls of Parliament House, New Delhi, India.


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