Lalitha Lajmi Back To Artist Profile
Lalitha is born in1932, at Kolkata. Lalitha Lajmi had the urge to paint, and her uncle, B.B. Benegal, a commercial artist from Kolkata (where Lajmi grew up), brought her a box of paints. "I am a self taught artist and have received no formal art training," she says. "I began painting seriously in 1961, and in those days one couldn't sell one's work. I had to teach art in school to earn a living." One of the best watercolourists in India, for Lajmi, nurturing her passion for art and cinema was a constant struggle. In Lajmi's works, one finds a strong autobiographical element. In some of her later works, particularly the ones from late 80's and early 90's, one can find a reflection of hidden tensions that exist between men and women, captured in the different roles they play. Yet, her women are not meek individuals, but assertive and aggressive. "I use the images of Durga or Kali on the top of emancipated men who are kneeling, almost as if they were in the middle of some form of classical corporal punishment," laughs Lajmi. She has also depicted the natural bonding that exists between women, between mother and daughter figures, perhaps drawing from her own relationship with her filmmaker daughter, Kalpana. 

She has been credited with Awards like Bombay Art Society (1977), Maharashtra State Art Exhibition (1978), Bombay Art Society (1979), Government of India Junior Fellowship from 1979 to 1983. Lalitha Lajmi has participated in many shows in India, England, Yugoslavia and the Netherlands. She has had more than 20 solo exhibitions in India and abroad. Lajmi has been awarded grants for exhibitions in Germany and the USA. Honoured twice by the Bombay Art Society, she is represented in many public collections including the British Museum, UK.