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The art fairs (Part 2)


The art fairs (Part 1)
KG Subramanyan Artist
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I think the first fair was in the year ’62. That was after I came back to Baroda, I came back in ‘61. Then in ’62 I cannot take the full credit for it, it is between Sanko Chowdhuri and me. We sat together and we thought that our whole teaching probably and the work programme is too stereotyped and doesn’t have a sense of play in it, and then we had to also somehow break out of the ivory tower and get the interest of the general public into what we were doing. That is how the fairs began. And then the first fair did sort of attract people. It was not a great crowd at that time, but then we enjoyed doing all those things, and later the years went on, we had a yearly fair at that time, and during that time our students made things which were, they would not have normally done in their studios. They tried various kinds of materials out, and they sort of made a big impact on the people's interest, and we also started earning a little money.

KG Subramanyan (1924-2016) was an Indian artist. A graduate of the renowned art college of Kala Bhavana in Santiniketan, Subramanyan was both a theoretician and an art historian whose writings formed the basis for the study of contemporary Indian art. His own work, which broke down the barrier between artist and artisan, was executed in a wide range of media and drew upon myth and tradition for its inspiration.

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, 30 seconds

Date story recorded: 2008

Date story went live: 10 September 2010