Born in Attingal, Kerala, to S. J. Bhargavi Amma and Poovalam
Achutan Nair; learns classical Carnatic music for ten years.
Becomes a vocal artiste for All India Radio.
Passes M.A. in Malayalam literature from Kerala University, joins Kala
Bhavana, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, on a scholarship
from Kerala University.
As a member of the students’ council at Santiniketan, organises
retrospective exhibitions of the works of Benode Behari Mukherjee
and Ramkinkar Baij.
Completes his diploma course and joins Vidya Bhavana, Visva-Bharati
University as a research scholar for a Ph.D. on the mural paintings
Is commissioned to copy the ‘Kumar Sambhava’ panels of Cochin’s
Mattancheri Palace murals for Kala Bhavana Museum, assisted by
Illustrates about forty books for children written by eminent Malayalam
writers for Sahitya Pravarthaka Sahakarana Sangam, Kottayam.
Participates in a group show at All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society
in New Delhi along with Dharmanarayan Dasgupta and Debi Prasad
Saha. Virendra Kumar of Kumar Gallery offers him a contract. Shifts to New Delhi.
Joins Jamia Millia Islamia as a lecturer in art education. Later, along
with Paramjit Singh and other colleagues, develops a full-fledged
art department awarding B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in painting,
sculpture, applied art and art education.
Takes part in group exhibition ‘Ten Indian Painters’ at MIT
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and New Jersey State
Holds first one-man show at Kumar Gallery, New Delhi. All his
exhibitions are reviewed by art critics and writers such as Charles
Fabri, Richard Bartholomew, Jaya Appasamy, O. V. Vijayan, Krishna
Chaitanya, Keshav Malik, Santo Datta, Prayag Shukla, and Vinod
Marries Tan Chameli.
Participates in Tokyo Biennale.
Participates in the first International Triennale, New Delhi.
Takes part in a graphic workshop in Santiniketan organised by
Somnath Hore, Ramkinkar Baij, Benode Behari Mukherjee, K. G.
Subramanyan and others.
Receives Lalit Kala Akademi’s national award for painting. Is commissioned to execute a mural for Gandhi Centenary at Gandhi Darshan, New Delhi.
Moves to Jamia Millia Islamia campus to devote more time to working
in the department studio and sketching in the villages.
Comes in close contact with Bhaskar Kulkarni who initiates him into
folk and tribal art.
Is part of group shows at Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and Kyoto
Municipal Museum, Japan.
Visits Japan to write and illustrate two books for Fukuinkan Shoten
Publishers; stays as a guest of the Matsui family in Tokyo and Akino
family in Kyoto; meets Iri and Toshi Maruki for their ‘Hiroshima
paintings’; he will visit Japan frequently hereafter.
Designs a stamp commemorating the silver jubilee of I.S.I. for
Department of Post and Telegraph, India.
Exhibits copies of Kerala murals done in 1962 at Kyoto Municipal
Museum; these are later destroyed in a fire in Japan.
Creates a set of twelve sculptures in bronze.
Participates in a group show of Indian art in Sofia (Bulgaria), Skopje
and Titograd (Yugoslavia), Warsaw and Kosalin (Poland) and Brussels
(Belgium).Participates in Menton Biennale, France.
Designs postage stamp for Union Postale Universalle centenary, the
Department of Post & Telegraph, India.
Is elected to the general council of the Lalit Kala Akademi as Eminent
Visits Japan at the invitation of the Japan Foundation and meets
several renowned artists, illustrators and authorities on children’s
Song of Circles is published by Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers in Japan
and translated into Japanese
Participates in an exhibition organised to mark the 25th Pugwash
Visits U.S.S.R. and Poland on a cultural exchange programme along
with Geeta Kapur and Bhupen Khakhar.
Is commissioned to do a mural and sculpture for Maurya Sheraton
Hotel, New Delhi.
Participates in an artists’ camp at Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh.
Is appointed one of three member commissioners for the fourth
International Triennale, New Delhi, along with Pranabranjan Ray
and Nagji Patel. They select twenty-two significant younger artists
including folk artist Ganga Devi and tribal artist Jivya Soma Mashe
to break the barrier between rural and urban art expressions. This unorthodox selection generates controversy and a powerful lobby
of the Lalit Kala executive board rejects the list and appoints new
commissioners. In protest, Ramachandran resigns from the Lalit Kala
Receives Noma Award for children’s picture book illustration from
Japan; and again in 1980.
Participates in Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil.
Participates in ‘Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Sculptures’ of Lalit Kala
Akademi, at New Delhi, Bombay, Madras and Calcutta.
Participates in ‘Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Paintings in Miniature
Format’, Lalit Kala Akademi, in New Delhi, Bombay, Madras and
Designs a set of two commemorative stamps on Mahatma Gandhi’s
Dandi March for the Department of Posts and Telegraph, India.
Is part of shows overseas at the Festival of India (London and Oxford),
as part of Indira Gandhi’s visit to the U.S., and the ‘Indische Kunst
Heute’ exhibition in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Takes part in the inaugural exhibition of Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal.
Designs a set of two stamps for the ninth Asian Games and another
one marking the centenary of the discovery of Tubercle bacillus.
At the initiative of Ebrahim Alkazi, a retrospective exhibition of
Ramachandran’s eighteen years of work is held at Jehangir Art
Creates a set of eight ceramics, titled Water Bodies, at the Lalit Kala’s
Garhi studio during his short tenure as its honorary director.
Is affected by tubercular infection in the right eye because of which he
is unable to work for six months.
Visits France to participate in the International Festival of Arts at
Completes a large mural, 60 ft. x 8 ft., and a group of thirteen bronze
sculptures, Yayati, commissioned by Ebrahim Alkazi in 1984; the
work is exhibited at the Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi.
Participates in group exhibitions: ‘Nature’, commemorating birth
centenary of Jawaharlal Nehru, organised by the Lalit Kala Akademi, New
Delhi; ‘Art for Cry’ in Bombay, New Delhi, Calcutta and Bangalore;
‘Artist Alert’, a fundraising exhibition/auction for artist/activist
Visits China as part of an artists’ delegation along with Akbar
Padamsee and Nilima Sheikh.
Urvashi Pururavas and the Lotus Pond series of paintings is exhibited
at the Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi.
One-man show of paintings and watercolours at Kala Yatra,
Bangalore. Shows his collection of nineteenth century miniature paintings and drawings of the Nathdwara School in an exhibition, ‘From an Artist’s
Collection,’ at C.M.C. Gallery, New Delhi.
Receives Parishad Samman from Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi.
Is appointed chairman of the Kerala Lalith Kala Akademi.
Participates in the silver jubilee exhibition of Birla Academy of Art
and Culture, Calcutta.
Participates in the show ‘Works on Paper’ at Gallery Espace, New
Takes voluntary retirement from Jamia Millia Islamia after
twenty-seven years of teaching and nurturing the institution’s art
Organises the first major exhibition of Raja Ravi Varma outside Kerala
while chairman of Kerala Akademi, in collaboration with and at
the National Museum, New Delhi.
Is Visitor’s (President of India) Nominee for the Visva-Bharati University
Solo show, ‘Reality in Search of Myth’, is shown in Calcutta, Madras,
Bangalore, Bombay and Delhi. Simultaneously, Art of the Muralist,
written by Rupika Chawla and documenting visuals of the artist’s
work, is published by Kala Yatra and Sista’s.
Government of India commissions him to do a monumental bas-relief
in granite for Rajiv Gandhi Ninaivakam (memorial) at Sriperumbudur,
Participates in the inaugural exhibition of Art Today Gallery, New
Holds an exhibition of paintings and watercolours, ‘The Lotus Pond
at Obeshwar’, organised by Kala Yatra and Sista’s Art Gallery,
Participates in several group shows in New Delhi, Calcutta, Mumbai
K. Bikram Singh makes a documentary film on the artist for
Holds exhibitions of bronze sculptures and drawings: ‘Icons of the
Raw Earth: Part I’, at Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi; ‘Icons of the
Raw Earth: Part II’ at Art Today, New Delhi.
Is appointed trustee-member of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the
Arts, New Delhi.
Exhibition ‘Imagined Territory’ at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi.
Art of A. Ramachandran by Ella Datta is published by Roli Books.
Receives Manaviyam Award by Manaviyam Cultural Mission,
Government of Kerala.
Yayati, a landmark group of paintings, sculptures, and drawings, at
Art Heritage, New Delhi, sixteen years after its first showing.
Is elected fellow of Lalit Kala Akademi.
NGMA hosts ‘A. Ramachandran: A Retrospective’ of forty years of the
artist’s work; a two-volume publication by R. Siva Kumar is released.
Lotus Pond: The World of Ramachandran, a documentary on the
artist, is produced by K. Bikram Singh and Sudesh Unniraman.
Is conferred Padma Bhushan by the President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam,
for his unique contribution to the field of fine arts.
Is made Professor Emeritus of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
Painted Abode of Gods: Mural Traditions of Kerala, documenting forty years of Ramachandran’s research, is published by the Indira Gandhi
National Centre for the Arts.
Vadehra Art Gallery organises the artist’s second major exhibition in
Kolkata following which it travels to New Delhi.
'Face to Face' at Guild Gallery, New York, is a solo show of his
watercolours and head studies in oil accompanied by a book.
Exhibitions at Grosvenor Gallery, London, and Jehangir Art Gallery,
‘Bahurupi’, curated and conceptualised by Ranesh Ray and Rupika
Chawla, present the artist’s works from 2005 to 2009.
Lalit Kala Akademi hosts ‘Ekalinji Fantasy’ at Rabindra Bhavan, New
Delhi, curated by Ranesh Ray; a two-volume book, A. Ramachandran:
Life and Art in Lines, edited by R. Siva Kumar with an autobiographical
essay by the artist, is released.
‘The Changing Moods of Lotus Pond & Insignificant Incarnations’ of
the artist’s recent paintings and drawings is organised at Shridharani
Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi.
Is honoured with the ‘Kalidas Samman (2014) by representatives of
the Madhya Pradesh government at his residence.
A selection by R. Siva Kumar of fifty years of art practice is exhibited
at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai.
Kerala Lalith Kala Akademi hosts ‘The Mahatma and the Lotus Pond’
featuring the artist’s recent work at its Darbar Hall.