ANJOLIE ELA MENON
: Anjolie Ela Menon was born 1940 in West Bengal of a mixed Bengal and American parentage. She went to Lawrence School, Lovedale (near Ootacamund), in the Nilgiri Hills, Tamil Nadu. By the age of 15, when she left school, she had already sold a few paintings. Thereafter, she briefly studied at the Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai and later earned a degree in English Literature from Delhi University. During this time, she was drawn to the works of Modigliani, and Indian painters, M F Husain and Amrita Shergil. At 18, she held a solo exhibition with fifty-three paintings of a variety of styles. Her creative brilliance got her a French Government scholarship to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Before returning home, she travelled extensively in Europe and West Asia studying Romanesque and Byzantine art. She has been awarded the Padma Shree, one of the highest civilian awards in India.