Gujarat state Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki today handed over a condolence letter from party president Sonia Gandhi to the daughter of the renowned artist KG Subramanyan in Vadodara.

Mr Subramanyan passed away in Vadodara on June 29.

Mr Solanki met the artist’s daughter Uma Padmanabhan and handed her the letter.

In the letter, Ms Gandhi described Mr Subramanyan as a “brilliant and versatile artist”.

“He was a many-splendoured personality: freedom fighter, scholar and creative genius, inspirational teacher to generations of young artists, and a man of boundless warmth, generosity and joie de vivre,” she said.

Meanwhile, at a condolence meeting held today, Shubhanginidevi Raje, chancellor of the Maharaja Sayajirao University, paid tributes to Mr Subramanyan.

One of the pioneers of Indian modern art, his death left a big void, she said.

About one thousand people from across the country attended the condolence meeting held on the Fine Arts faculty premises in Vadodara.

In a career spanning over six decades, the multifaceted artist, who lived in Vadodara, had been a painter, sculptor, muralist and print-maker besides writer of children’s books.

He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2012.