Saturday, June 10, 2000  


Young at 'art

Formerly known as the Mayo School of Art, the Government College of Art, Chandigarh, has been producing talented artists ever since its inception in 1870 at Lahore. Sumarendra Nath Gupta became the first Indian Principal of the institution in 1930. Some of the artists, then practising in Lahore were M.A.R. Chughtai, Hussain Bux, Allah Bux, Thakur Singh, Abdul Aziz Din, B.C. Sanyal. D.R.Bhagat, Amrita Sher-Gill, Ishwar Singh, Brij Lal, Amarnath Sehgal and Roop and Mary Krishna. Some of them had their own studios in the Anarkali Bazaar, on the Mall and the Hospital Road. These artists made a significant contribution to contemporary art of India. After Partition, the school was first shifted to Shimla, and thence to Chandigarh where it has grown over the last 50 years from strength to strength producing some of India’s most eminent artists, writes D. S. Kapoor.