Himachal painter gets Padma Shri award

Gopis in Vrindavana

Shimla : Known for his Kangra miniature paintings , Vijay Sharma from Himachal Pradesh has been named for the Padma Shri award .

He is working as the district language officer in the Bhuri Singh Museum at Chamba .20120126-063945.jpg

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.

In a 20 year career published widely. He has worked for the BBC, AFP, The Statesman, IANS and the Business Standard . Known for his hard hitting writing and occasional off-beat stories. He lives in Shimla.

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