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India?s 1st Print Archive finds home in city
Surya Agarwal
April 04, 2006
First Published: 00:36 IST(5/4/2006)
Last Updated: 00:36 IST(5/4/2006)

LUCKNOW WILL soon have the first National Print Archive (NPA) in India. The Executive Board of Lalit Kala Akademi, at its meeting in Mumbai recently, took the decision to establish the NPA in Lucknow in the basement of the Lalit Kala Kendra Regional Centre, Aliganj.

The NPA will showcase the print art collection of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and other places in India.

“Apart from the art pieces there will be other material related to print art as well. There will be a good amount of research material on this form of art, along with documents related to the subject,” said Prof JK Agarwal, a renowned artist and an executive board member of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, who was present when the decision was taken in Mumbai.

The archive will be a useful place for research scholars, as the archive will contain all the information on print art. It will not only cover the history but also the various techniques of print art. Apart from this, it will contain biographies of great print makers and detailed information about the different forms of print art.
Prof RB Bhaskaran, Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi told HT Lucknow Live, “The reason why we are establishing the NPA is that it will give research scholars a good opportunity and awareness will be created about the art.”
He added, “The reason why we are bringing the NPA to Lucknow is that Lucknow has a history of great artists and slowly it is becoming a centre of print art. Also, places like Delhi and Mumbai have space confines. They don’t have enough space for storage and maintenance”.

The NPA will have another function as well. It will look elaborately into restoration and conservation of print art. It will make sure that the rare prints don’t blemish or get destroyed. A proper maintenance of these important works will be its essential function.

The entire research library will be well catalogued and the entire cataloguing will be computerised. The work for the establishment of NPA has already begun. The basement of Lalit Kala Kendra Regional Centre is being restored for the archive. Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi is working on the prints, their restoration and other essential detailing. Special acid free archival boards have been ordered that have to be bought from Chandigarh.

So, all in all, Lucknow, especially its artists, should look forward to this brand new archive, which will come up soon.


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