Manjit Bawa was born in Dhuri, Punjab in the year 1941. He received the Kalidas Samman by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 2006. He expired in the year 2008. Manjit Bawa was a figurative painter from the beginning. The main charm of his paintings is the sense -saturating expanse of colour-fields which create space and define the contour of figures. He was one of the first painters to break out of the dominant grays and browns and opted for more traditionally Indian colors like pinks, reds and violet. Bawa is known for his vibrant paintings but at the same time he is also known for his love of spirituality and sufism. There is an undercurrent of Sufi mysticism in the choice of his subjects.