Jayapala Panikkar dead

KOLLAM Nov. 5. The renowned painter and sculptor, K. Jayapala Panikkar, died this evening at a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram. He was 66. He is survived by his wife, Naamagiri, and two daughters. The time for the funeral rites, to be held at Anchalumoodu, where he resided, would be fixed later, his family members informed.

A protege of the well-known painter, K.C.S. Panikkar, Jayapala Panikkar was born at Perinad, near here. He was one of the founder members of the Cholamandalam Kalakara Gramam in Tamil Nadu. Modern art was his forte and many of his famous works were Purana based paintings. His painting series, `Parimaanam' is one of his well-known works and it had won him several awards.

Panikkar is a recipient of a long list of awards, including the awards of the Central Lalit Kala Academy, the State Lalitha Kala Academy and the Delhi Lalit Kala Academy. He had conducted several painting exhibitions both within the country and abroad, including Milan, in Italy, London and Malaysia. He won the special fellowship of the Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy in 2001.

In addition to these, he had also won the award of the Association of Young Artists, Chennai, the Madras Lalitha Kala Academy and the Kolkatta Fine Arts Society. Some of his paintings are collections at the Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, and at the National Art Gallery, Chennai.

Apart from painting, he was also equally renowned as a sculptor and his metier in this arena was metal sculpture. One of his famous metal sculpture works, `Kundalineeyaam' stands at the entrance to the Sopanam Kala Kendram here.

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