Tributes have been paid to Nek Chand Saini, the visionary, self-taught Indian sculptor, artist and architect, who died in June aged 90. Chand (above) created the magical Rock Garden of Chandigarh and gave it the Hindi title Devtyan de Dunya (‘World of Gods’). After the Taj Mahal, it is now among India’s most popular visitor attractions.

The son of a Hindu farming family from the Shakargarh region of the Punjab, as a boy Chand made model buildings in a local forest, inspired by his mother’s stories. In 1947, the partition of India meant that Chand’s home was now part of the new Pakistan, and amid ...


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