In Celebration of Panchal Mansaram, March 4, 1934 – December 6, 2020

15Dec20

Panchal Mansaram

March 4, 1934 –  December 6, 2020

We are deeply saddened that Panchal Mansaram passed on from this life on Sunday December 6, 2020 in Burlington, Ontario, at the age of 86 years old, almost one year after his beloved wife Tarunika. He had a strong internal light and quiet persistence that came from a deep faith that life would lead him where he needed to go. He was born on March 4, 1934 in Mt. Abu, Rajasthan, India. He studied at the Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai and at the Rijks Academie, Amsterdam. In 1966, he migrated to Canada with his family. After stops in Montreal and Toronto, he made his home in Burlington, where he trained a generation of artists as a teacher in the Hamilton & Wentworth District School Board. His house and art studio on Gardenview Drive was a welcoming space where visitors from far and wide were always made to feel like family. In the last year of his life, he found a warm community at The Village of Tansley Woods. Mansaram was a visionary artist whose diverse artwork reflected his interest in the ways media and technology created a collage-like experience in daily life. He had life-long friendships with leading thinkers and artists of the 20th century [Including Marshall McLuhan], and he produced a substantial body of work ranging from painting and prints to photography, textile works, video and more. Today, his artwork is in museum collections around the world.

He was beloved husband of the late Tarunika Mansaram and loving father of Mila Mansaram. He was the brother of PratapChand Mistry, Bhagwandas Mistry, Shantiben Gehlot and brother-in-law of Anil Mehta, Dinesh Daftary, Surbhi Shah, and Mrudu Chauhan. The last rites were performed at the Bay Gardens Funeral Home, Burlington. His ashes will be scattered along with those of his beloved wife Tarunika at a later date. Due to covid restrictions, there will be no visitation or memorial service. Leave your messages in the online Book of Condolences at https://www.baygardens.ca.

Rest in peace, dear friend.

You can also sign the Guestbook here: https://baygardens.permavita.com/site/PanchalMansaram.html

A poster created for an exhibition of his art where I first met Mansaram. The photo of McLuhan in the centre was taken by Mansaram. Marshall McLuhan added his name to the art work on the right side.


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