RKCS with foreign Visitors. (He is first
In the domain of fine arts
in Manipur, Rajkumar Chandrajitsana Singh popularly known as RKCS, and
Doyen among the local painters, has become a household name.
Remarkable for imaginative portrayal, his paintings have been
patronized by connoisseurs outside the state as well, viz. Mythological,
Historical and contemporary events, with elan and authority. Being
a born artist his creativity genius was evident very early in his life,
from a variety of paintings on Mythological and Cultural themes.
Shri RKCS was born at Keishamthong, Imphal, Manipur (India) on 13th October
He was the second son of Shri R.K. Yumjaosana
Singh (1870-1954) who was also a pioneering artist of Manipur.
The artistic talent in him was recognized quite early by his teachers when
he was in the school. RKCS imbibed the creative genius of his father's
talents and become the most popular and distinguished artist of his own
right, in the North East in general and Manipur in particular in the field
of fine arts. He could present a distinctive style of his own in
the traditional realistic school, and he has produced more than 10,000
works of art in a span of 50 years.
In the year 1947 he established the "RKCS
Chitralaya" the art studio which has become an alma mater of professionals
and up-coming artists of Manipur. In the same year he introduced
the cinema poster painting in
the film "Dekhoji" at Victory Cinema Hall,
and he had a great flair of stage decoration and publicity display.
Today, his name has become almost an Institution. His son, R.K. Budhi,
is also a dedicated and talented artist in his own capacity.
The Khamba-Thoibi Painting of RKCS
One of the most outstanding
achievements of Shri RKCS is the completion of an ambitious project of
depicting the history of Manipur (1709-1949) after 10 years of hard
work including research with eminent scholars of Manipur. In all
72 paintings in oil on canvas were displayed at G.M. Hall, Imphal between
June 11-22, 1990. The exhibition was sponsored by Manipur State Kala
Academy. The paintings recount main events of about 240 years of
Manipur beginning with a historical episode of 1709 and closing with one
of the most memorable event, the merger agreement of Manipur with
India in 1949.
Now his art gallery has become
a tourist attraction spot and has been attracting high dignitaries and
persons of eminence from far and wide. Mr. Eijiro Noda, the Japanese Ambassador
to India, Shyam Sharan, the Ambassador of India to Myanmar,
Mr. John Zubrycki, Secretary, the Australian High Commission, Air Marshal
M.M. Sinha, Mr. Kazuo Takaishi, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan,
Dr. I. Hata, Professor of History, Takushoku University, Japan,
Reviakin Vladimir, Senior architect of Moscow, Dr. Itallo Caraffa,
Switzerland, Maria Verduxchi, Italy, Lt.
General Moti Dhar, Vice Chief of
Army Staff, Lt. General H.B. Kala, GOC in-C, Western Command,
Lt. General Prakash Gokarn, Lt. General T.P.S. Rawat,
Lt. General Gurpreet Singh, Lt. General S.K Bhatnagar,
Richard F. Celeste, US Ambassador to India are some of the eminent
persons visited his Art Gallery. Tourist teams from Japan,
USA, UK, Russia, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium,
France, Myanmar, Israel and other countries are attracted to his
RKCS paintings had been
exhibited throughout India over the years to benefit the cultural
heritage of Manipur, its people and several non-profit organizations.
1. In honor of the visit of his highness
Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, to Manipur in 1954.
2. Various Group exhibitions at Imphal, Gauhati,
Shillong, Ahemedabad,Jaipur, Delhi, Calcutta, Madras, Manipur University,
3. Duet Shows at Madras, 1993.
4. Solo Shows: (i) Imphal, 1985, 1990,
1995; (ii) Bombay, 1986 (on the occasion of world congress on Synthesis
of Science and Religion); (iii) Indira Gandhi International Trade Fair,
New Delhi, 1989; (iv) Rastriya Kala Mela, Bangalore, 1995; (v)
International Culture Conference and Festival, Imphal, 1991; (vi) The XIth
Session of the North East India Historical Association, Manipur University,
Imphal, 1990; (vii) All India Art Exhibitions, Imphal, 1984,
1985, 1987; (viii) All India Art Exhibition at Tezpur, 1987; and
Mr. RKCS holds the national
record for a largest exhibit by a single artist for his "Historical
Paintings Exhibition at Imphal" in 1990, which was sponsored by the Manipur
State Kala Academy, Imphal - LIMCA BOOK OF RECORDS, 1994.
1. The "Greatest Artist of North-East India' by
Chitrakala Parishad, Tezpur, Assam.
2. "Shilpa Bushan" Manipur Sahitya Parishad,
3. "Fellow" Manipur State Kala Academy, Imphal.
4. "Gold Medal" Republic Day 1991, Government
1. General Council and Standing Committee, Manipur
State Kala Academy,Imphal;
2. Life member and Chairman, Arts Society Manipur;
3. G.B. member, Imphal Art College;
4. Life member, Manipur Dramatic Union;
5. Life member, Indian Red Cross Society, Manipur;
6. Patron, Indo-Japan Friendship Association,
1. Interview with paintings, NHK. Tokyo (Japanese
2. Kyodo Television Ltd., Tokyo, in connection
with a film commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the end of World War
3. The ISKCON Television, Los Angeles, USA;
4. A Tele Film on the last war of Manipuri Independence,
1891, Doordarshan Kendra, Imphal;
5. Interview with paintings for Surabhi D.D.
1 Cinema vision, Bombay;
6. A documentary on RKCS, "His Life and His Work"
by Doordarshan Kendra, Imphal.
1. The weekly magazine "SUN", Oct. 20, 1990 -
5 paintings, and March 19, 1998 - one painting;
2. Yomiuri" The Japanese National Paper, Nov.
17, 1990 - one painting;
3. Manipur State Calendar 1991 - 6 painting,
and 1994 - one painting;
4. A book titled "Manipur, past and present",
vol. 2 - four paintings;
5. A book titled " Queen Empress vs. Tikendrajit
Prince of Manipur" - 2 paintings;
6. The Hindu (Indian Daily Newspaper), Dec. 16,
1994 - 2 paintings;
7. Back to Godhead, Dec. 1995 - 5 paintings;
8. Limca Book of Records, 1994 - one painting;
and numerous magazines.
OF THE FOREIGN COLLECTORS OF RKCS PAINTINGS:
1. C. Gimson, (The British political agent in
2. Mr. and Mrs. Ephrain Dawek (Former Ambassador
of Israel in India), Israel;
3. Eijiro Noda (Former Ambassador of Japan in
4. Hilton Hotel, Hong Kong;
5. Toshio, Suzuki, Matsudo City, Japan;
6. Dr. Tapio Alkula, Finland;
7. Dr. P. Lalit, Jackson, USA;
8. U. Htun Shwe, Mandalay, Myanmar;
9. Mr. Pieere Vauboug, Loiret, France;
10. Jean Marie Van Strydock, Belgium;
11. Mr. Francois Colson, Motessou, France;
12. Mr. Richard F. Celeste, US Ambassador to
OF THE INDIAN COLLECTORS:
1. Shri Bhargava, Chief Commissioner of Manipur,
2. B.K. Nehru, Former Governor of Manipur;
3. President Gyani Jail Singh;
4. Lata Mangeskar, Mumbai;
5. Rajiv Gandhi, Former Prime Minister of India;
6. Birla Akademy of Arts and Culture, Calcutta;
7. Sardar Vallabhai Patel, National Police Academy,
8. Department of Art and Culture, Imphal;
9. I.K. Gujaral, Former Prime Minister of India;
10. Mr. Indrajit Gupta, Former Union Home Minister;
11.Tourism Department, Government of Manipur,
12. Manipur State Museum, Imphal; and several
RKCS ART GALLERY IMPHAL
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