Himmat Shah (b. 1933) is considered to be one of the most original sculptors of modern India. Having completed his studies from Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai, Mr. Shah proceeded to M. S. University, Baroda and thereafter to Atelier 17 of William Hayter, Paris. Himmat Shah has exhibited widely in India and abroad and is a recipient of several National Awards. Mr. Shah was also a member of the 1890 group led by J. Swaminathan. This group emerged in the wake of the Indo-China war in 1962. A highly individualistic artist, Shah has created a fascinating iconography in modern Indian sculpturing. He designed and executed the monumental murals in Ahmedabad (1967-71), with brick, cement and concrete. His sensitive clay works, followed from the murals, with gold leaf covering are exquisite samples of his creative talent and introspective mind. His drawings and graphics are equally exciting while folk utensils and vessels of everyday life inspire him greatly.