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Meet the Artist (MTA) is a permanent in-house program of JDCA, where invited artists, craft persons or scholars through their illustrated presentations create an appreciation of all forms of visual art. 

Since 2001, 264 such MTAs have taken place on the second Saturday of every month. Currently, our session is in collaboration with the India International Centre, New Delhi and are online. 

265 Meet the Artist Programme

Photographer, Filmmaker, Graphic Designer Parthiv Shah on:

artist ‘Haku Shah’

at 5 pm, Saturday, 11 March 2023

Haku Shah (1934 - 2019)

Haku Shah was an eminent painter, cultural anthropologist, teacher, Gandhian, and author of Indian folk and tribal art as well as many children's books.

He was born in Valod, Gujarat, and studied Fine Arts at M.S. University, Baroda and later taught at the Vedchhi Gandhi Ashram, in South Gujarat. He was associated with the National Institute of Design right from its inception in the early 1960s. He also taught at the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad for several years and was Regent Professor at the University California, Davis. He conducted art and design workshops and lectured across the world He was invited by renowned Art historian, Dr. Stella Kramrisch in 1967 to curate the seminal exhibition, “Unknown India” which travelled to the USA. He established a tribal museum at the Gujarat Vidyapeeth in Ahmedabad, a university established by Mahatma Gandhi. He has exhibited his art in India and across the world. He was a recipient of several honours including the Padma Shri, the Kala Shiromani, the Nehru Fellowship, the Rockefeller Fellowship, and the Kala Ratna for his contribution to art. Haku Shah was Chairman and founder trustee of Bhooma, LokShilpa Sansthan, Ahmedabad, the city where he lived and worked.


Parthiv Shah

Parthiv is the Founder- Director of Centre for Media and Alternative Communication (CMAC) and is a photographer, filmmaker and a graphic designer. 


An alumnus of the National Institute of Design, India, he comes with a rich background in art, photography and design. He has made several documentary films, curated exhibitions and has several photo-books to his credit.

He is a visiting scholar at the SOAS, London University and at the University of California, Davis. He was awarded The Charles Wallace fellowship in 1998 and the Senior Fellowship by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India in 2010. He has been awarded a senior fellowship in photography by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Charles Wallace Fellowship, UK and Fulbright Lectureship award to teach photography at the UCLA, USA.

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