Education

1939-44
Mayo School of Arts, Lahore. Graphic Arts & Sculptures.
1944-47
Fine Arts, Sir J.J. School of Art, Bombay.
1952-54
Palacio Nationale de Belles Artes, Mexico. Apprentice of David Alfaro Siqueiros and Diego Rivera in mural techniques, Mexico.

Awards

1944
Burmah Shell Scholarship.
1952
Mexican Scholarship.
1956, 57
National Award for painting, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
1974
National Award for sculpture, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
1977
Punjab Government State Honour.
1983
Delhi Government State Honour.
1987
Fellow of the Indian Institute of Architect.
1988
Gyanender Nath Award conferred by Shanti Niketan presented by Late Shri. Rajiv Gandhi.
1989
Delhi Citizen Council Honour, New Delhi.
1989
Mexico's Da Vinci Award for lifetime achievement.
1993
Honorary Doctorate, Andhra University, Vishakapatnam (Arts).
1994
Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award -1993 by Mr. Arjun Singh- Minister Human Resource Development.
1994
Illustrious Son of Punjab Award by Punjab Lalit Kala Kendra, Chandigarh.
1997
Dayawati Modi Award for Art, Culture & Education.
1997
Kala Ratna Award for meritorious contribution to the cause of Art by All India Fine Art & Craft Society, New Delhi.
1998
Desikottama highest honour conferred by Shanti Niketan.
1999
Padma Vibhushan, second-highest honour by Government of India.
2001
Decoration of Appreciation- 'Alwaite Officer Wissam' conferred by Director of Royal Protocol & Chancellery on behalf of Royal Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco.
2002
Vijay Shree Award for enriching Human life and outstanding attainments by International Friendship Society of India.
2002
Siti Vaijayanthi Award, for contribution in the field of Art by Siti Cable Network Ltd.
2003
Top Cultural Ambassador IMM Award for Excellence by Indian Institute of Marketing & Management.
2003
Momento for Life long devotion of Indian Art and invaluable contribution by Society of Contemporary Artist Trust, Kolkata.
2004
Lalit Kala Ratna Puraskar, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
2004
Honorary Member of Russian Academy of Fine Arts, Moscow.
2004 - 05
Honored at Golden Jubilee Celebration of National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
2006
Order of the Aztec Eagle Highest Mexican award conferred by President of Mexico.
2007
Award for promoting Indian Art on the occasion of 70 years of Dhoomimal Art Gallery.
2008
Degree of Doctor of Letters conferred by Banaras Hindu University.
2008
Honorary Doctorate Doctor Of Literature, Rabindra Bharti University, Kolkata.
2008
Rashtriya Kaalidas Sammaan conferred by Chief Minister Madhya Pradesh for his outstanding contribution in the field of Art & Architecture.
2010
Outstanding Punjabi Award, Global Punjabi Society.
2010
“Lifetime Achievement Award” conferred by Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
2010
Outstanding contribution to Punjabi Culture conferred by Punjabi Academy, Delhi. (Govt. of N.C.T of Delhi) presented by Chief Minister of Delhi , Smt. Sheila Dixit.
2013
Indian of the Year Award – for “Life time Achievement by NDTV.
2014
Arpan Award conferred by Asavari.
2014
Hall of Fame Award for Life Time achievement Award by Hello magazine.
2017
Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of Arts by India Today.
2017
Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of Arts by India Today.
2018
Lifetime Achievement Award of Legends of India conferred by Vice President of India Shri Venkaiah Naidu.
2019
Designed India Post Payment Bank stamp on the eve of its financial inclusion.