Friday, January 21, 2011

"Obituary" : Tribute to a Great Master : P.C.Little

Tribute to a Great Master

Mr. Prakash Chandra Arya, widely known as P. C. Little (Lucknow, India), passed away on 18 January 2011 in his hometown. Mr. Little was a multifarious human being. He was a high-quality painter, proficient photo-artist, an erudite writer and a philosopher.
Born in 1937, Mr. Little had inventive taste since his early days. By his young age, he became passionate about art and in 1958 completed five years Professional Diploma in Commercial Art from Govt. College of Arts & Crafts, Lucknow. One of his teachers was so impressed by his ability that he started calling him “Little Scholar”. Henceforward the word “Little” became a sobriquet of his name.
Due to his proficiency in art, he joined Department of Commercial Art & Photography, Faculty of Fine Arts, Lucknow University as a teacher. Later on, he became the Head of the same department. He served this institute whole-heartedly and always aimed at the promotion of art. His style of expression was unique and had no parallel in the arena of art. So he was always an ideal for his students and the art lovers. During the last phase of his life, he experimented with creative art and produced theme based graphical images with the help of photographs clicked by him. For doing so, he took help of photo editing softwares like Adobe Photoshop. The output was exceptional and resulted in remarkable images.
Mr. Little organized a number of solo exhibitions of his paintings and art-photographs in highly reputed art galleries and institutions in India and abroad. His art-works have been treasured in the permanent collection of several museums.
Many of his research papers/articles on art and culture, and photography were published in reputed journals, books and magazines.
Apart from his command on fine arts, Mr. Little was a passionate collector of the rarest cameras in the history of photography. His collection includes about 400 antique cameras.
He had been a member of Executive Council, U.P State Lalit Kala Akademy (1983-86), Hon. Director of Rashtriya lalit Kala Kendra, Lucknow (1983-88) and a Member of Advisory Council, Regional Science Centre, Lucknow (1986-88). The Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India honored him with its Senior Fellowship in Visual Arts in 2007. Image Colleague Society International-USA honored him with prestigious FICS in 2009. He has a string of national and international awards to his credit.
The passing away of Mr. P. C. Little is a great loss to the realm of art and photography. The art lovers all over the world will always remember him due to his valuable contribution.
He has left behind his wife, Mrs. Asha Arya and successors, Mr. Bhupesh Chandra Little and Avinash Chandra Little (sons) and a grandson.
(Images and information courtesy: My dear friend, Mr. Bhupesh Chandra Little)
--Dr. Pankaj Sharma

Mr. P.C Little With His Antique Cameras
Creative Images of Mr. P. C. Little.


  1. Nice memorable post that will keep his soul alive ..


    Firoze Shakir-Mumbai

  2. very sad to hear about Mr. Little's sad demise. he was no doubt a great artist and a thinker. may his soul remain in peace....
    Rakesh Kumar

  3. I am sorry to learn the sad demise of P. C. Littleji. Let his soul rest in peace.

    A. K. Chaudhuri

  4. A great artist departed to the domain of God.I give my tribute to Late Mr. Little Sahab.

  5. He would be long remembered due to his works of art. May God give peace to the departed soul.

    Subhash Sapru, Chandigarh

  6. Dear Dr Pankaj,
    ""It's really sad news for all of us here in the Steel-city. Our sincere condolences to the grieved family, close associates and Dear Bhupesh-ji.
    His exit is big loss to Indian Photographic fraternity.
    May his soul rest in heavenly peace......""

    regds => Virendra & family and All the Photo-lovers of Jamshedpur
    ---- oOo ----

  7. Dear pankaj Ji
    The sad demise of great master of art and art photography, Shri P. C. Little is great loss to the world of photography.He was a multidimensional personality having keen interest in art,photography history and literature.His creative capabilities were unsurpassed.His collection of old cameras is invaluable.May God rest his noble soul in eternal peace in high heavens.

    Shivji Joshi
    Godavari Vallabh Niwas
    Makarana Mohalla,
    Jodhpur - 342002
    Tel. 91-291-2641577

  8. it's a very sad news. his death is a great loss to the Photography and Art world. May Great master's soul rest in a peace.

    chandan d. n. gaonkar

  9. Sadma to hai mujhay bhi, ki tujh say juda hu mai,
    lekin yeh sochta hu, k ab tera kya hu mai.

  10. Thanks for putting "Obituary"
    Tribute to a Great Master Shri P.C.Little on your blog.A great loss for photography world, he will be missed by one and all for a long long time. May God Almighty rest his soul in peace, Amen.
    Anil Risal Singh

  11. very sad happening. we pay our tribute to the great soul.

  12. Amazing art, I have loss of words to pay tribute to this eminent artist. It’s a big loss…
    RIP, Shri PC Little…
    Thanks for sharing pictures dear Dr. Pankaj Sharma ji.

  13. Dear Pankaj ji,

    It is really disheartening to note the sad demise of Mr. PC Little.
    His contributions to the photography world will be remembered for long.
    My heartfelt condolences to his family and the photography fraternity.
    I pray to the Almighty God to give his family courage, strength and support.

    (Vivek Sharma)