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K.H.Ara (View Gallery)

 BORN: 16TH APRIL 1914                                                                                               DIED: 30TH JUNE 1985


  • Not formally trained but Rudi Von Leyden, the critic of the Times of India, recognized his talent.
  • He also received guidance from Prof. W. Langhammer, Art Director, Times of India.
  • Completed a foundation course, Ketkar Institute of Art, Bombay.




  • 1964 - 'Jasnne-e-Ara', Prince of Wales Museum, Key Gallery, Bombay.
  • 1963 - Held an exhb. of his paintings, exclusively in aid of the National Defence Fund, Roop Gallery.
  • 1963 - Black Nude Series, Pundole Art Gallery, Bombay.
  • 1963 - 'Poem on Canvas', Taj Gallery and Byculla.
  • 1962 - Nude Show, Taj Gallery, Bombay.
  • 1954,60 - Exhb at Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay.
  • 1950 - Calcutta Group - Progressive Artists Group, had joint exhb., Calcutta.
  • 1949 - 55 - Group Exhb. with Progressive Artist's Group, Bombay, Ahmedabad and Baroda.
  • 1948 - Inaugural exhb. Progressive Artist's Group, at Bombay Art Society, Bombay.
  • 1948 - Two shows held in the provincial towns of Surat and Rander.
  • 1947 - Exhb. in Matunga, a Bombay Suburb.
  • 1944 - Exhb. at the Chetna Restaurant, Bombay.


  • 1978 - Solo exhb., Artists’ Aid Centre, Bombay.
  • 1966 - Solo Exhb. of Paintings, on the 3rd Anniversary, Pundole Art Gallery, Bombay.
  • 1961 - One man show at Hyderabad.
  • 1950 - One man show of Still Life.
  • 1942 - First solo show at Bombay Art Society Salon in Rampart Row (now Artists' Aid Center), Bombay.
  • 1944 - Exhb. at the Chetan Restaurant, Bombay.



  • Late Sir Cowasji Jehangir Family Collection.
  • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
  • Baroda Museum, Baroda.
  • Faculty Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajiroa University, Baroda.
  • State Transport, Bombay.
  • Howard University.
  • Atomic Energy Commission, Bombay.
  • The Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay.
  • Fred Harvey Museum, Bangalore.
  • The High Court Bar Room, Bombay.
  • Yale University, USA.
  • Kali Pundole Family Collection.
  • Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay.
  • Late Rudi von Leden Family Collection.
  • Trivandrum Museum.
  • The Govt. of Andhra Pradesh Museum.
  • Hyderabad Art Society, Hyderabad.
  • Air India International.
  • Indian Airlines Corporation.
  • Globe Theatres Ltd.



  • 1952 - Received trophy of Bombay Art Society, Bombay.
  • Awarded the Windsor and Newton cash prize.
  • 1944 - Awarded the Governor's Prize, Bombay.
  • He went to Paris as a Guest of Honour of the French Govt.
  • He has won numerous awards and prizes including the Gold Medal at the inauguration of the Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay.
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