T S Nagarajan passes away

Renowned photographer T S Nagarajan passed away in Chennai after a brief illness on Tuesday. He was 82.

A native of Mysore, Nagarajan was the younger brother of another renowned photographer late T S Satyan.

Nagarajan who had settled in Bangalore, had moved to his daughter Kalyani Govinda’s residence in Chennai two years ago. He has another daughter Vasanti residing in Bangalore. Last rites will be held at Beasant Nagar crematorium, in Chennai, on Wednesday.

After completing his intermediate in Maharaja’s High School in 1951 and later BSc from Yuvaraja’s College, Nagarajan began his career as the photographer of the Central government in the year 1956.

He went on to became the picture editor of ‘Yojana’, a journal of the Union Planning Commission. He was also the director of photography division, Union Ministry of Information, and, consultant photographer to UNICEF in India. He had carved a niche of his own in ‘black and white’ photography.

In the year 1987, Nagarajan won PATA Gold Award. He had also exhibited his works across the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford in 1982. He was awarded the ‘Lifetime achievement award’ by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in the year 2011.

Nagarajan has three books to his credit — ‘The Pearl of Water on a Lotus Leaf and Other Memories’ and ‘Self-portrait, The story of my life’. A book of his pictures, ‘Vanishing Homes of India’ was released by Mani Ratnam and N Ram last month.

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