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Jagdish Mittal
Art collector and leading art expert

An art collector, art historian, an erudite scholar and a leading authority on Indian art. This seems a bulky introduction to a gentle and pleasant-mannered Jagdish Mittal, born in Uttar Pradesh on January 2, 1927.

Mittal studied fine arts at Shanti Niketanand became the art editor of a leading Hindi monthly Kalpana in 1951 and continued to hold the post for the next 22 years.

He made Hyderabad his home in 1953. He believes that a true artist should be interested in all art forms. That is why it is not a wonder that his first book, Bharatiya Kasida (Indian Embroidery), co-authored with wife Kamla, wasn't on paintings. However, his second one, published by the Andhra Pradesh Lalit Kala Akademi in 1969, was on the Andhra Paintings on Ramayana.

He has delivered lectures and presented papers on Indian art in seminars at several foreign museums and universities, including in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and London.

Jagdish Mittal and Kamala are also passionate collectors of Indian miniatures, folk bronzes, decorative and other arts and, including drawings and folk paintings.

In March 1976 they created a public charitable trust at Hyderabad and named it Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art. Several art objects of the Museum were lent for display at the prestigious Festival of India Exhibitions held in London (1982), USA (1985) and France (1986). The museum is also actively engaged in arranging thematic exhibitions and lectures.

Anxious about the neglect of Indian art and culture, Jagdish Mittal was instrumental in establishing INTACH (International Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage), which is active throughout India. In recognition of his services in the field of paintings, Jagdish Mittal has been honoured with the Padma Shri.

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