Haku Shah

Haku Shah (b. 1934) graduated in Fine Arts from M.S.University Baroda in 1955. IN 1959 he did his Masters in Fine Arts from the same university. Haku Shah is a painter, cultural anthropologist ,teacher and author of international repute. His vibrant and powerful images have been viewed as a connector between the old and the new. He was invited by Stella Kramrisch to assist her on presenting an exhibitions of 'Rural Art in Tribe and village Art of the Unknown India in the US'. Haku Shah is a painter of considerable individuality. His paintings reflect the apparent simplicities of rural life, which has given rise to astounding refinements in quality in all spheres. Therefore, he is known as a 'global' artist with rural Indian touch. He has lectured as a regent professor at the University of California, Davis. He has several important awards and honors to his credit including Nehru Fellowship, the Rockefeller Grant and Gagan Avani Purashkar and the Padma Shree. He lives and works in Ahmedabad.


"When I ventured to Baroda University in the beginning of my career, I was drawn to three main things—village and tribal life, and Gandhi's philosophy. These three things were part of who I was. Today I realize that they were all interconnected and have inspired me in my life and work in various ways." - Haku Shah interviewed by Vandana Sood

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