Haku Shah

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BIOGRAPHY

Haku Vajubhai Shah was born in 1934, in Valod in Surat district, Gujarat, and later he joined M.S. University, Baroda, from where he graduated in Fine Arts (BFA) in 1955, followed by a Masters degree in Fine Arts (MFA) from the same university.

Career
His work caught public eye, and by 1965 he had held several one-man shows in Kolkata and Mumbai. In 1968, he curated the 'Unknown India' exhibition, organized by Art Critic Stella Kramrisch at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He received the Rockefeller Grant in the same year and in 1971, the Nehru Fellowship Award.
Over the years, he has carried out extensive field research and documentation on rural and tribal arts and crafts, traditions and folklore. He has taught at a Gandhian Ashram in south Gujarat for several years and established a tribal museum at Gujarat Vidyapith in Ahmedabad, which was set up by Mahatma Gandhi. Haku curated the museum for several years.

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