Birthday: 23-12-1924
Date of death: 14-04-2018
Star sign: Capricorn

Ram Kumar, born in Shimla in the year 1924, is one of the foremost abstract painters in India. He was born in a large family having eight brothers and sisters. His father worked in the British government. He pursued his M.A. in economics from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi. One day, while roaming around with his friends from the college, he ended up in an art exhibition. This place left him spellbound. He was so fascinated with those paintings that he visited the place several times. Later, he started taking classes at Sharda Ukil School of Art in New Delhi in the year 1945. Further, he continued his studies by moving to Paris where he got guidance from some well-known personalities in this field i.e. Andre Lhote and Fernand Leger.

He then joined the French Communist party in Paris itself. Ram Kumar is famous for mainly painting landscapes, in acrylic and oil. He is also associated with the Progressive Artist’s Group. Thereafter, he participated in many exhibitions around the world among which one was his solo exhibition in Delhi in the year 2008. Mr. Kumar was also awarded the Padma Shri in the year 1972 and Padma Bhushan in 2010. He is also well known for writing books such as ‘The face and other stories,’ ‘The sea and other stories,’ and many more. In one of his interviews, he says that he likes being surrounded by his art instead by a crowd. The eighty-nine years old man says that being to Varanasi was one of the greatest experiences he had in his life.

‘It was some emotion that connected him with that place,’ he said. As a child, he was not at all interested in art but somehow he and his brother got into writing. At that time, he only took it as a way of earning some money. But as time passed, he started to develop interest in the same. He was also a part of the Delhi Shilpi Chakra artist group. This made him meet several artists and developed healthy companionships with them. In one of the interviews, he had been asked why he rarely visits any of the art events. As an answer to the question, he explained that he do visit exhibitions but does not prefer to go for openings as they have a lot of crowd. Truly, he is a great inspiration to the youth who want to get ahead in the field of art.

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Neel Madhav

Neel Madhav is a young Indian man who follows an unconventional path and is a professional magician. He completed his schooling from Dehradun and is currently based in Mumbai and is famous for his TV Show You Got Magic. His first interest in magic goes back to 2010 when he met Jason Randal, a very well-recognized magician in Boston. He received a book from Jason which eventually changed his life. His meeting with the renowned magician made him realize the power and effect of magic. He wished to use magic to make his audience forget their worries and enjoy. His magic is unique as it combines magic with criminal psychology and mentalism, neuro-linguistic programming and NLP. The main inspirational figures in the field of magic are Jason Randall and James Randy. When he met James Randy, he spent a few hours with him and in that little time was able to impress him so much so that James told Neel’s father that his son would achieve a lot of success in Magic and in a shorter time than most people. Neel admits to having practiced magic in the early days at least five hours in a day. He also authored a book and is soon going to release the second book. The book talks about his journey as a magician and also contains magic tricks and his experiences. He is a TEDx speaker and has been to colleges like St. Xavier's in Mumbai or Christ University in Bangalore. His talks focus mainly on the scope of magic in India. In his popular television show, he combines magic with traveling and impresses people by creating magic with local elements in the places he visits. He as many notable personalities as a part of his audience. These include Ritesh Deshmukh, Madhuri Dixit, Sanjeev Kapoor, Amish Tripathi, Nishka Lulla, Jeff Kinney and many more. His ultimate aim to increase the popularity and importance of magic in India so that more people take it up as a full-time profession. Neel is in terms with the fact that his career path requires continuous growth and innovation and strives to achieve excellence. Apart from magic, Neel also spends time with corporates teaching them tricks and tips on understanding the minds of their dealers or clients. At a very young age, Neel has reached achievements in magic and has a massive fan following on social media platforms like Facebook.

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