Manjit Bawa: Painter Behind The Viral Rs 4 Crore Painting At The Bachchan’s House

Few days ago, on the occasion of Diwali, Amitabh Bachchan wished his social media family a very happy Diwali by posting a family picture. But apart from the group photo of the actor and his family, what differed in the picture was the sight which captured the people’s eyes. 

It was the distinct ‘Bull’ painting in the background of the family photo. And for the interesting fact that ‘Bull’ painting is worth Rs 4 Crore. This painting work of the simple yet attractive bull has been done by the very famous painter, late Manjit Bawa and is believed to be one of his most iconic works. This painting represents strength, speed, dominance, hope & prosperity. 

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Manjit Bawa (1941 – 2008) was born in Dhuri, the city in Sangrur district of Punjab. He studied fine arts from the College of Art, New Delhi between 1958 and 1963. He once revealed that one of his professors Abani Sen used to make him draw almost 50 sketches per day so that he could reject most of them. And as a result he implanted a habit of working continuously in himself. 

Manjit Bawa: Painter Behind The Viral Rs 4 Crore Painting At The Bachchan’s House
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Between 1964 & 1971, Bawa worked as a silkscreen printer in Britain. After returning he questioned himself of why he should use European style in his paintings, he then shifted to Indian mythology. He has grown up listening to the stories of Mahabharata and Ramayana and other ancient stories and holy books including Guru Granth Sahib. 

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Indian Gods Kali & Shiva, the Heer Ranja and Lord Krishna were mostly his inspiration for his work. Nature was also one of the main inspirational elements of his paintings. Bawa is known for both vibrant and spiritual works. One of his paintings is now taking rounds on the internet and is rumored to be very expensive, almost worth Rs 4 crores. However, there is no official confirmation on the price of the ‘Bull’ painting, an oil canvas 137 x 172 cm. 

Manjit Bawa died on 29th December, 2008. He was in a coma for straight three years after suffering a stroke earlier. 

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