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Where I am today


Santiniketan in the 1980s and the freedom to work
KG Subramanyan Artist
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Did you find more time to work in Santiniketan?

Well, after I laid off my duties as the Dean of the Faculty, I was finding more time here too, the whole position, but still when there was a problem I had to sort out. There people wanted me to be around, but then after I went to Santiniketan it was much easier, and then really, soon after I went to Santiniketan, of course on the basis of whatever work I had done so far, I was given what they call the Kalidas Samman Award. That was in 1981 I think, the first award. Then after that came the India Festival and when the Tate Gallery wanted to show, and I think Howard Hodgkins selected my paintings along with those of others, so all those things. Some of them were started here, some of them were done in the early years there, then they went there. After that, I found that it was easy to work there, and I didn’t have any administrative responsibilities. I had just to be around, that’s the whole thing. So, ’80 onwards, well, I had a lot of freedom to work and be busy the whole day on something or the other.

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, 41 seconds

Date story recorded: 2008

Date story went live: 10 September 2010