My association with him was a very long one, of almost 25 years, as he was my guru. The great thing about Raza sahib was that he was always very keen on the works of the younger generation. He is the man behind my success as well as many other artists’ success. This is not just a personal loss but is also a huge loss for Indian contemporary art. We have lost just the last surviving pillar of founders of Progressive Artists’ Group, and, of a generation which truly lived for art.