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Rekha Hebbar Rao

The artist on co-curating An Artist’s Quest, a retrospective of her father K.K. Hebbar’s works, on display at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Delhi

Rekha Hebbar Rao
Rekha Hebbar Rao
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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.

Just one?

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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