B. G. Sharma

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Bhanwar lal Girdhari lal Sharma (B. G. Sharma) is an award-winning painter from Rajasthan, India.[1] He is famous for his miniature devotional paintings and his rejuvenation and popularization of classic Rajasthan art, including the Mughal, Kishangarh, and Kangra styles.[2] He is also well known for experimenting and mixing modern with traditional styles and producing some exemplary pieces of art.

Sharma was born 5 August 1924 in Nathdwara, a small town near Udaipur.[3] Nathdwara is home to the Shrinathji Krishna temple complex, which supports an artists community. Sharma's family had been artists for generations.[2]

Sharma has been exhibited internationally in London, Germany and the United States. The Shri B.G.Sharma Art Gallery in Udaipur contains an extensive collection of his works.[4]

Narottam Narayan (also from Nathdwara), had an early influence on B. G. Sharma. B. G. Sharma however later broke away to evolve his own style

Former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, British monarch Queen Elizabeth II and former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser all commissioned portraits by Sharma.[2][3] His various awards include India's National Art Award for Master Craftsman.

A collection of Sharma's artwork was published in September 2000 titled Form of Beauty: The Krishna Art of B.G.Sharma.[5]


  1. ^ Fodor's Rajasthan: B. G. Sharma Art Gallery in Udaipur retrieved 1 June 2007
  2. ^ a b c Mandala Publishing: B. G. Sharma retrieved 1 June 2007
  3. ^ a b Udaipur Plus biography retrieved 1 June 2007
  4. ^ Shopping: B. G. Sharma Art Gallery
  5. ^ Sharma, B.G. (2000). Form of Beauty: The Krishna Art of B.G.Sharma. Mandala Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-886069-37-4