A renowned Nepali artist and educator who once hosted an exhibit in Rolla in 2002 has died.

A renowned Nepali artist and educator who once hosted an exhibit in Rolla in 2002 has died.
Kalidas Shrestha, the father of Dr. Bijaya Shrestha, associate teaching professor with the electrical and computer engineering department at Missouri University of Science and Technology died March 2 at the age of 93.
Kalidas Shrestha was known for his traditional, classical, modern and impressionism art works as well as landscape and portrait arts, according to the Himalayan Times.
He is credited with bringing fine arts in academics to Nepal through Lalit Kala Campus — the first fine art college in Nepal.
He was also an honorary member of Nepal Academy, the Himalayan Times reported.
According to an article from The Rolla Daily News archives, in late August and early September of 2002, an exhibit featuring Kalidas Shrestha’s work took place in the Southwestern Bell Cultural Center in Rolla.
Kalidas Shrestha was visiting his son in Rolla at that time, and was invited to host an exhibit by then-Mayor Joseph Morgan.
The public was invited to view his work, and a reception with Kalidas Shrestha was held, where the public could meet him.
The exhibit was sponsored by Arts Rolla! and the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T) department of art history and film.