Born in 1932, Kolkata. This self-taught artist began painting in the early sixties. One of the best watercolorists in India, for Lajmi, nurturing her passion for art and cinema was a constant struggle. In the mid-80’s, she started doing etchings, oils and watercolors. She held several exhibitions at international art galleries in Paris, London and Holland. In Lajmi’s works, one finds a strong autobiographical element. In some of her later works, particularly the ones from the late 80’s and the early 90’s, one can find a reflection of hidden tensions that exist between men and women, captured in the different roles they play. Yet, her women are not meek individuals, but assertive and aggressive.
Lajmi has also depicted the natural bonding that exists between women, between mother and daughter figures, perhaps drawing from her own relationship with her filmmaker daughter, Kalpana. Lalitha Lajmi lives and works in Mumbai.