The sensitive artist was particularly moved by the struggles of rural and folk women, and they soon turned the core theme of her oeuvre. She started experimenting and over time, moved from modern abstract forms to rather decorative watercolors. Her quest for simplicity also drew her to oils with which she developed a style that was considered her trademark.
Born in the village of Bela, near Nagpur in the state of Maharashtra in 1933, she studied at the Nagpur School of Art before arriving to Mumbai, and did her graduation from the Sir J. J. School of Art. There she happened to meet sculptor B. Vithal whom she later married. B.Prabha’s inspiration was Amrita Shergil.
Her subject matter was spread over a wide array of themes like landscapes, social issues, homelessness etc. ‘B. Prabha - From the Album’, a selection of works by the late artist, was on display at The Viewing Room, Mumbai, earlier this year. Charting out her career, an accompanying note mentioned: "On her canvases, she immortalized the fisherwomen of Mumbai.B. Prabha’s graceful elongated figures of pensive rural women, with each canvas in a single dominant color still continue to mesmerize art lovers.
Her first exhibition, while she was still a student was the start of a long and successful career as three of her paintings were acquired by eminent Indian scientist Homi J. Bhabha. Since then, her works were shown in over 50 exhibitions in India and abroad. In 1993, her solo show ‘Shradhanjali’ in Mumbai was dedicated to her late husband B. Vithal. A significant aspect of the artist’s body of work was her effort to portray the plight of ubiquitous women in the Indian society.