Manipal Academy of Higher Education signs MoU for Hebbar Art Gallery

December 15, 2015

Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal will acquire some of the invaluable paintings of KK Hebbar soon. A memorandum of Understanding was signed with the K. K. Hebbar Art Foundation on December 15, 2015 to start a Hebbar Gallery and Art Center on the University campus in about two months. The public gallery will have about 20-25 paintings from the collection of K.K. Hebbar Art Foundation and the Center will be located at Manipal Center for Philosophy and Humanities (MCPH).

Manipal Academy of Higher Education Chancellor, Dr Ramdas M Pai, the University’s First Lady Mrs Vasanthi Pai, Group President MEMG, Mr Rajen Padukone, Pro Chancellor, Dr H.S. Ballal and Vice Chancellor, Dr H Vinod Bhat were present at the MoU signing function and representing KK Hebbar Art Foundation were the artist’s daughters, Rajani and Rekha and Mr DA Prasanna. The memorandum signing was followed by a press briefing.

Pro Chancellor, Dr H.S.Ballal said we are planning to have cultural center in due course of time. “With this Center we have made a start,” he said. Vice Chancellor, Dr H Vinod Bhat said that the Gallery would be set up in the next month or two and will then be opened to public. Hebbar Gallery and Art Center plans to have workshops & interactive sessions to bring art and artists on a common platform. Eventually University has plans to establish a cultural center promoting music, painting and dance with special emphasis on coastal Karnataka.

On the occasion, Manipal Academy of Higher Education Chancellor, Dr Ramdas M Pai told media persons, “It is a privilege to host these original paintings on our University campus. It will be a unique opportunity for the young and old in the community to be inspired by the works of the all-time great artist K K Hebbar. It is very special for Manipal Academy of Higher Education to be the location of choice for the Hebbar gallery as he was born in Kattingeri, Udupi and studied at Christian High School. I welcome this opportunity to present Hebbar’s works to the community and plan to use the center to promote Art and research in arts”. 

”Prof. Rajani Prasanna, Art Historian, Trustee of Foundation and daughter of K K Hebbar said, ”We have chosen to present about 25 works. These are portraits and include a bronze sculpture of K K Hebbar. The collection includes line drawings he was famous for. Other portraits include people who influenced him and his works like his mother, wife, Shivaram Karanth as well as National Leaders like Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Kennedy. We hope the gallery will be of interest to and inspire artists, scholars and students alike”. She even made a presentation of some of the works of the renowned artist.

Rekha Rao, Artist, Trustee of Foundation and daughter of K K Hebbar said, “My father had a strong influence from his roots in Udupi and South Canara. He influenced the Indian contemporary art movement. He encouraged several young artists. We hope the gallery will be an asset to the University and the community.