Lalit Kala Akademi

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Lalit Kala Academy
Abbreviation LKA
Formation August 5, 1954; 64 years ago (1954-08-05)[1]
Type NGO
Headquarters Rabindra Bhawan, Delhi
Region served
Official language
Parent organisation
Ministry of Culture, Government of India
Rabindra Bhawan, Delhi which houses the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Lalit Kala Akademi and Sahitya Akademi.

The Lalit Kala Akademi or National Academy of Art is India's national academy of fine arts. It is an autonomous organisation, established in New Delhi in 1954 by Government of India to promote and propagate understanding of Indian art, in and outside the country.

LKA provides scholarships and a fellow program, and sponsors and organises exhibitions in India and overseas. It publishes a bilingual journal. It is funded by the Union Ministry of Culture. Its headquarters are at Ravindra Bhawan, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi. In April 2015, Government of India took over management control of Lalit Kala Akademi citing complaints regarding alleged administrative and financial irregularities in its functioning.[2]



Lalit Kala Gallery, in the Rabindra Bhawan complex, Delhi
  • On May 17, 2018 Honorable President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Uttam Pacharne, an Artist, and sculptor as chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi. He is a member of the advisory committee, Kala Academy, Goa and member of advisory committee, P L Deshpande State Lalit Kala Academy and director, Janseva Sahakari Bank, Borivali, Mumbai. He would hold office for a term of three years from the date on which he assumes charge. He is the recipient of National Lalit Kala Award 1985, Maharashtra Gaurav Puraska 1985 from Government of Maharashtra, Junior National Award 1986 and Jeevan Gaurav Puraskar 2017 from Prafulla Dahanukar Foundation. [4]
  • In March, President Ram Nath Kovind appointed M.L. Srivastava, joint secretary (Academies) at the Ministry of Culture, as the pro-tem chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi.
  • Since the current Government has taken over, former Chairman of Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy CS Krishna Setty, a well-known artist, and art critic is heading LKA as Administrator. He was charged with misappropriation of funds. So, in mid-2017, the ministry had instituted a three-member inquiry committee to probe some allegations of misuse of finances against Setty. Later, this order was withdrawn on August 16, 2017. The Delhi high court, which has been hearing a PIL alleging misappropriation of funds at the national arts body, had sought an explanation from the ministry on August 24, 2017, about it. However, the ministry hasn't replied. The next date of hearing of the case was May 8. So, the ministry finally decided to let Setty go in the first week of April 2018, after the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), in 2017, took note of repeated complaints, including missing artworks of the celebrated painter M.F. Husain from the Akademi. But in a reply to a newspaper, He said, "M.F. Husain’s work disappeared (from the Lalit Kala Akademi) long ago. It didn’t happen in my tenure and so I am not connected to it". [5]


On 16 September 2014, Lalit Kala Akademi's 60th anniversary was marked by an event, "Spirit of Delhi", where poets and artists showcased their exclusive artwork.[8]

National Art Award

The National Art Award is one of the awards and honours in India and Asia awarded by Lalit Kala Akademi.

See also


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  3. ^ About us Archived 2011-10-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Chairman". The New Indian Express. May 17, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Lalit Kala Akademi". The Wire. May 8, 2018. 
  6. ^ "General Council Members". Official website. Archived from the original on 2014-07-15. 
  7. ^ "Arty soul: Lalit Kala Akademi Chairman Ashok Vajpeyi." The Hindu. Dec 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Artists highlight the glory of Delhi through poetry-paintings". ANI News. 

External links

  • Official Lalit Kala Akademi website
  • Uttar Pradesh Lalit Kala Akademi website
  • OpenArt India websiteconfederation of Indian artists, fine arts, and crafts.

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