ITC Hotel The Kakatiya is organising an exhibition of paintings by two renowned award-winning artists, Krishan Khan and Manu Parekh, at the Welcom Art Gallery of the hotel, from 17th to 20th April. A collection of about 25 paintings will be on display for four days.
Born in Ahmedabad in 1939 in Gujarat and alumnus of the Sir J J School Of Art, Bombay (1962), Manu Parekh started as a stage actor in Bombay, and designed stage-sets in Ahmedabad. He joined the Weavers' Service Center, Bombay, in 1963 as Art Designer. In 1965, he began working as a Design Consultant for the Handicraft and Handloom Export Corporation of India, and travelled to Europe and USSR.
From 1967, when he started exhibiting his work, to 1992, he had 20 solo shows and 30 group shows, including Modern Indian Painting at the National Gallery of Modern Art (1982), Hirschhom Museum, Washington DC; at the Siffithsonian Institution (1982); and the Seven Indian Artists travelling exhibition in several cities in West Germany. His works were presented at the auctions of Sotheby's Bombay (1989) and Asprey (UK) in 1991, organized by Helpage India.
He is the recipient of the President of India's Silver Plaque, the AIFACS Award, the Birla Academy Award, the Lalit Kala Academy National Award, and others. He was honored with the Padmasri by the Government of India in 1991.
Krishan Khanna is one of the distinguished names in the Indian contemporary art scenario. Along with his friends M F Husain, Tyeb Mehta, Ram Kumar, Raza, Souza, Gaitonde and others, Khanna started painting at a time when there was not much glitz in art. He was born in pre-partition India in 1925, and attended evening classes at the Mayo School of Art, Lahore.
After coming to India, he took up a job with Grindlays Bank, and was placed in Mumbai. But he gave up the lucrative job to pursue art about 4 decades ago. During that time the art scenario was much different and closed than it is now. He has also taught art in the United States without any formal academic qualification in the subject. The artist's sympathy towards the brow-beaten and the poor people is vivid in his paintings. Depiction of violence can also be seen in Khanna's works, coming from his experiences during the Partition.
In 1962, Khanna was awarded the Rockefeller Fellowship. Apart from several solo shows, he has participated in group shows like the Tokyo Biennale in 1957 and 1961, the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1960, and the Venice Biennale in 1962. Khanna has held many vital positions in decision-making bodies of the Lalit Kala Academy, the National Gallery Of Modern Art and Roopanker Museum, Bhopal. In 1996, he was awarded the Padmasri by the Government of India.
Please contact the venue at 2340-0132 for further details.