Shimla : Known for his Kangra miniature paintings , Vijay Sharma from Himachal Pradesh has been named for the Padma Shri award .
Sharma was attending a painting exhibition in Mumbai when he was given the news on Wednesday , reports said .
Sharma belongs to Raipur village in Chamba and says he was inspired to paint by looking at pahari miniature paintings at the Bhuri Singh Museum.
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