Badri Narayan (July 22, 1929 to September 23, 2013) was an artist, illustrator, author and story-teller.
Narayan began painting with no formal training, and his first public showing
was in 1949, followed by a solo show in 1954. He had over 50 solo shows and his
work is in several collections, including the National Gallery of Modern Art and
the National Museum in New Delhi
as well as the Philadelphia Museum of Art's South Asian
Initially, he worked on tile and ceramic. His paintings are intimate and appealing, often with an element of fantasy, with simple outlines and accessible subject matter in two-dimensional stylised representations. He has worked primarily in ink or pastel and watercolour.
He has also illustrated children's books and written short stories and verse. He has been the subject of a documentary by Mumbai All India Radio, and received numerous awards, including the Padma Shri in 1987 and the Maharashtra Gourav Puruskar in 1990.