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Realising the importance of the Hamzanama
Gulammohammed Sheikh Artist
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Well, it came to me accidentally. I had these ideas sort of brewing in my mind for a long time and I was responding to all kinds of art. You see, when I returned I had no opportunity to teach Indian art. It was much later that I got one subject, it was called Mughal to Modern. It was for junior students at third year level. But that provided me with an opportunity to study, and I began to read, I began to look at art, and I found among these the Hamza paintings, and I was quite stunned but at the same time taken aback, and then I discovered that except for one great German book there was very little material on Hamza, and that was done in the 20s. So I began to explore on my own, and I then thought that this was something which comes close to something which I thought of, you know, in my own way.

Gulammohammed Sheikh is an Indian painter, writer and art critic who has been a major figure in the Indian art world for half a century. His artistic career is closely associated with the renowned MS University of Baroda in Gujarat where after gaining his Master's degree, Sheikh went on to teach in the Faculty of Fine Arts, and where he was appointed Professor of Painting in 1982.

Listeners: Timothy Hyman

Timothy Hyman is a graduate of Slade School of Fine Art, London, in which he has also taught. In 1980 and 1982, he was Visiting Professor in Baroda, India. Timothy Hyman has curated many significant art exhibitions and has published articles and monographs on both European and Indian artists.

Duration: 1 minute, 3 seconds

Date story recorded: December 2008

Date story went live: 18 November 2010