1941 - 2008, Manjit Bawa paintings often depict nature in bright hues. Bawa worked as a silk screen painter in Britain, but on his return, he asked himself "What should I paint? I couldn't be just another another derivative of European style painting." He found inspiration from sufi poetry and hindu mythology. "I had been brought up on stories from the Mahabharat, the Ramayan, and the Puranas, on the poetry of Waris Shah and readings from the Guru Granth Sahib."