Kanu Desai (1907-1980)
Kanu Desai is considered to be one of Gujarat's pioneering artists with a penchant for drawings that can be best described as pure 'Lyrical Linearity'. Desai was interested in art from an early age and sought the guidance of Ravishankar Raval in 1922. He soon proved to be one of Raval’s brightest pupils and in 1925 he was sent to Shantiniketan to learn under Nandalal Bose. Kanu Desai was greatly influenced by masters such as Tagore and Nandalal Bose, taking a keen interest in painting, sculpture as well as plaster casting. These skills led him to be one of Hindi cinema's most prolific and talented art directors.