Jagdeep Smart

Jagdeep Smart (1956- 2009) is recognized as a painter and poet with an interest in puppetry and theatre. He completed his Masters in Arts in Faculty of Fine arts from Maharaja Sayaji Roa University, Baroda. It was his uncle, Vasudev Smart, the well known painter and Sir J.J. School of Arts graduate, who inspired and encouraged him to explore lines and colors in his work. Jagdeep Smart had developed the fine arts and interior design courses for Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (VNSGU) during the last three years.
He had won several awards for his work including, Kalidas Academy Award, Ujjain and three Gujarat Lalit Kala Academy awards, UNICEF, Gujarat State Lalit Kala Academy in the Best Drawing Artist category, and an Outstanding Personality in the Field of Fine Arts Award by the Giant Group of Greater Surat. He did several shows across India including one-man show at Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai, the Herwitz Gallery in Ahmedabad, and the Anant Art Gallery in Surat. He is well remembered for a special show - 'Ma' – dedicated to his mother at the Rotary Art Gallery, Surat.

For the most part, Smart’s works center on the traditional puppetry of his state Gujarat , as he liked to use puppets as a metaphor to illuminate human beings navigating their lives and destinies. Through these paintings, known popularly as his puppet masters series, and his other work the artist added to the vibrancy of Surat’s cultural canvas. - Saffronart

The Smart family is devoted to art for the last three generations.

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