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    Renowned sculptor Amarnath Sehgal no more

    New Delhi (PTI): Renowned sculptor Amarnath Sehgal has passed away in the capital.

    The 85-year-old engineer-turned-artist was ailing for quite sometime and his end came on Thursday, his family and friends said on Friday.

    Known for his close links with first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the Gandhi family, Sehgal has exhibited his works across the globe earning critical acclaim.

    Sehgal's work always championed individual freedom, reacted against the horrors of political violence and upheld human dignity.

    It was Sehgal, who helped artists ascertain "moral rights" over a piece of work, the copyright of which is with a third party.

    He fought a 13-year-old protracted legal battle with the government, which tore down his bronze mural which adored the Vigyan Bhavan in the capital without his consent, saying the work was incompatible with the renovation work there.

    Sehgal was asked by Nehru in 1957 to create a mural that would span the entire wall of the foyer of Vigyan Bhavan and five years later he completed a 140 feet by 40 feet bronze mural depicting rural and modern India.

    Angered over his notice being unanswered for years, the artist finally approached Delhi High Court seeking damage in 1992 and two years ago he received a favourable order which said he should be compensated. His case was peculiar as the copyright of the mural was with the government.

    Vice-President Mohd Hamid Ansari has condoled the death of Sehgal.


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