RIP Nekchand

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Creator of Chandigarh’s famed Rock Garden Nek Chand died at Chandigarh around midnight, 11-12 June 2015. He suffered a cardiac arrest.

He had celebrated his 90th birthday on December 15 last year.

The Chandigarh Administration had on December 15 last year honoured Nek Chad on the occasion of his 90th birthday and 40 years of the opening of his creation, Rock Garden, which has brought Chandigarh world renown.

Among the several awards that the acclaimed creator of art from waste received during his lifetime was the Padma Shri in 1984.

Nek Chand had worked as a road inspector for the Public Works Department. He hailed from Shakargarh region, now in Pakistan.

Rock Garden is a sprawling spread of myriad sculptures and works of art fashioned out of waste materials collected by Nek Chand from demolition sites around the city. It was officially opened by him on January 24, 1976. Till date it has seen development in three phases, with interlinked courtyards. Most creations are figures of dancers, musicians, birds and animals, besides several artificial waterfalls.

More than 2.5 lakh people visit Rock Garden every year and the annual revenue generated from ticket sales is around Rs 1.8 crore. The garden is maintained by the Nek Chand Foundation, formed in 1996.

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RIP great man ...
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RIP Mr Nek Chand.

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