Founder, Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art Hyderabad
Born in District Bulandshahar, Uttar Pradesh, on 16 September, 1925. Diploma in Fine Arts from Kala Bhavan, Vishwa Bharati,Santiniketan, (1945-49). Painter and art-historian, settled at Hyderabad in 1953. He is an erudite scholar,a passionate collector and a leading authority on Indian Art,
Art editor of the leading Hindi monthly Kalpana, (1951-73)
Delivered lectures onIndian Paintings, Indian Handicrafts and Folk Bronzes under the auspices of several Museums and Universities in India,as well as at TheMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1985);National Museum, Singapore;National Museum, New Delhi; and the Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad.
Participated in numerous seminars on Indian Art held in India; and in International Seminars:Pahari Painting, organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA (1977); Facets of Indian Art, organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (1982); and India’s Popular Painting Traditions, organized by the Smart Museum, Chicago (1995).
Member of several cultural and educational institutions in India. Founder-Member Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, New Delhi; Ex-member “Governing Board and the Executive Committee” of the South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur; andnominated by the Government of India as member of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, in 2008.
In March 1976, he, and his late wife Kamla, created a Public Trust at Hyderabad, named Jagdish and Kamla Mittal Museum of Indian Art, to which theygifted their internationally acclaimed art collection of Indian miniatures, bronzes, metalware, textiles, and a variety of art objects. He is the Principal Trustee of this Museum.
He has been honoured with a number of prestigious awards like, the Kala Ratnaby AgrawalaSamaj, Hyderabad (2000); PratibhaPuraskarbySanatana Dharma Trust Hyderabad (2005); YuddhvirAward, Hyderabad (2006); and Life Time Achievement Award, Government of Andhra Pradesh (2010), and Gagan AbaniPuraskar, Viswabharti, Santiniketan(2013).
In recognition of his services in the field of art, he was honoured with the prestigious PADMA SHRI award on Republic Day, 26 January 1990.