SATISH GUJRAL


Born in Jhelum, Punjab. He was entombed in silence in his early years due to his hearing being impaired.  It was during this period of silence Satish read Urdu literature and went on doodling with a pencil on paper. In 1939 he joined the Mayo School of Art in Lahore to study Applied Arts. In 1952 he left for Mexico on a scholarship for an apprenticeship with Diego Rivera (1957) and David Sequeiros (1898-1974). During this period he had scores of solo shows. The Belgian Government honored with the “Order of the Crown” for designing it. The only non-Belgian Architect ever to win this distinction. By 1977, he executed murals for World Trade Fair, New York (1963), The Palace of the Sultan of Muscat (1975), Delhi High Court (1976), Gandhi Institute, Mauritius (1977) and World Trade Centre, New York (1980). The year 1977 is important because in that year Satish Gujral started actively exploring the elusive vocabulary of the international style in modern architecture. He designed the Daryani House, New Delhi (1977), Modi House (1978), Gandhi Institute (1978-79), Datwani House (1979-90), Modi House (1980-82), Belgian Embassy, New Delhi (1980-83), and Dass House, New Delhi (1983-85). In 1986 Satish Gujral designed the Goa University and the CMC, Hyderabad, Palace AI-Bwordy, Dubai, and the Indian Ambassador’s house in Jakarta, Indonesia, to name a few. And various other important group shows organized by IIFA and Tao Art Gallery namely – Power of Peace for UNESCO in Bali (2007), Indiart at the Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo (2007), House of Lords, London (2007).

In recognition of his national and international achievements, Delhi Citizen Council in 1989 honored him as one of the Twenty Five Most Prominent of its Citizens with the most significant contributions to the prestige of the city made in the last quarter century.

Lives and works in New Delhi.