Sachida Nagdev

Born 25th October 1939 in Ujjain, India. Early training under local signboard painters from the age of nine. Studied fine arts at Bharati Kala Bhawan, Ujjain, under the guidance of Dr. V.S. Wakankar, renowned archaeologist and artist. Discovered and catalogued prehistoric rock shelter paintings with him. Graduated with G. D. (Fine Arts) from J.J. School of Arts, Bombay 1961. M.A. in Ancient Indian History and Culture in 1962 and M.A. in Painting from Vikram University, Ujjain in 1970. Awarded Amrita Shergil Fellowship of M.P. Govt. 1976. Govt. of India Senior Artist Fellowship 1997. Widely travelled in India, Nepal, Europe, Korea, China, Japan, Middle East and America. Was a member of the advisory board of Madhya Pradesh State Art Academy, Roopankar Museum of Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal. General Council Member of Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi and South Central Zone, Nagpur. After working as a freelance artist in Delhi for 2 years, settled in Bhopal since 1964.

My Paintings My Inspiration


I was born in Ujjain, a peaceful ancient holy town in Central India. Old houses, small narrow lanes, the 'ghats' of river Kshipra, saints and temples, old sculptures, all these inspired me from the childhood. My journey from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Gujrat to Arunachal Pradesh in India and Nepal, Europe, Japan and Middle-East abroad has been the source of my inspiration. I have always been fascinated by the changing phenomenon of nature and expressed it with intensity on canvas. Sometimes some incidents shake me to the core of my heart and I express it through my Paintings and drawings. Out of these experiences have emerged large works of 'Death' and Gas 'Tragedy' series. Indian miniature paintings with their fine lines and rich colors have always been my inspiration. The age old prehistoric paintings and gigantic colorful rocks of Bhim Betka have been my inspiration. Indian classical music is my love. My daughter plays sitar in the studio and the music inspires me. From the early days of Painting in the dim lantern light on paper to the large abstract canvases of today has been a long journey.