KBC 14: Who painted the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi which Martin Luther King Jr kept in his office?
Answer: Upendra Maharathi
Upendra Maharathi was an eminent painter and designer who was born in the village of Narendrapur, Puri district, Orissa. In 1931, he moved to Bihar permanently after completing his Master’s degree at the School of Art in Calcutta. After only two years, he was working for Pustak Bhandhar in Laharyasari, Darbhanga, which he left in 1942 to join the Department of Industry as a special designer. Later, in the mid-1950s, he established the Institute of Industrial Design and was awarded the Padmashree in 1969 for his ongoing efforts to revitalise and develop Bihar’s arts and crafts.