Tell us about the retrospective.
On my father’s birth centenary, the government wanted to hold a retrospective and appointed my sister Rajani Prasanna and me as curators. The show travels to Mumbai next.
Is this the first since his death?
Yes, 180 works showcasing his evolution.
How did you source the works?
From the K.K. Hebbar Art Foundation, the JJ School of Art, the NGMA, the Venkatappa Gallery and private collectors.
How many works do you own?
One! An oil on canvas called Sharad Purnima.
We used to see his paintings all around us, and didn’t realise that we had to collect them. By the time he passed away, he had sold most of them. And for a song at that.
Any work you could not include?
A portrait of my grandmother being taken to hospital. That, and a few others, could not be carted because the paint would crack.
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