Haku Shah: Born in 1934, he graduated in Fine Arts from the MS University in Baroda, Gujarat. He has served as a Regent Professor at the University of California, Davis, and has been recognized by the Nehru Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Japan Foundation. He has also authored several publications. He is one of India’s most renowned artist-scholars and a Padma Shree awardee. In recent years, he has explored the medieval tradition of Bhakti poetry in initiating a contemporary dialogue on pluralism, peace and harmony. This led to his collaboration with well-known singer Shubha Mudgal, to create Breakthrough’s award-winning exhibition-concert, Haman Hain Ishq, based on the devotional poetry of Kabir, Meera, Rabea and Pemi.
Haku Shah is regarded as an authority on the folk and tribal traditions of Indian art. His vibrant and powerful images have been viewed as a bridge connecting the old with the new. He is, in fact, seen as a pioneer in generating Western interest in India’s tribal artwork.