Born in 1939, Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Manu Parekh received his Diploma in Drawing and Painting from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1962. He has received several awards including ones instituted by the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata in 1971 & 1991; the President’s Silver Plaque from All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi in 1972. He is also a recipient of the National Award by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 1982. The Government of India honoured him with Padma Shri in 1992. He has held solo shows across India and abroad and also participated in several group shows including III, IV & V International Triennale, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi in 1975, 1978 & 1981; ‘Modern Indian Painting’, Hirschorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, Festival of India, Royal Academy of Art, London, 1982; ‘Benaras Landscape’, Singapore, 1990. His most recent solo shows include ‘Banaras’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2004 and Berkeley Square Gallery, London, 2006. His works have also featured in Christie’s and Sotheby’s auctions. A documentary film ‘Dwitya’ was made in 1992 on him and his artist wife Madhvi Parekh. It was sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi. He lives and works in New Delhi.