The Andhra Pradesh Lalit Kala Academi is set to get a new lease of life; and, if everything goes according to plan, by Ugadi it may be delinked from Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University. At a meeting organised on Wednesday by artists at the College of Fine Arts, JNA & FA University on Wednesday, Mandali Buddha Prasad, chairman of the Andhra Pradesh State Official Language Commission, who was the chief guest, said that Lalit Kala Academi would be revived. The Andhra Pradesh Lalit Kala Akademi was initially established in 1951 to foster arts like painting, sculpture and graphics in the State. But by the mid-eighties it had lost steam. The academy that once held international exhibitions with the cooperation of the Central Lalit Kala Akademi, United States Information Centre, British Council, Max Mueller Bhavan, Union Ministry of education and youth services, ICCR and other agencies gradually became a pale shadow of its former self.
Narendranath Palala, senior artist, said, “After the academy came under Telugu University, the focus has been more on academia; and, in the process, artists have suffered. Before the merger, there were workshops, exhibitions, talks by eminent artists, film shows on art and, more importantly, artists had a platform to vent their feelings and share their thoughts.” A few speakers expressed concerns over the impact of delinking the akademi from Telugu University, but Dr R V Prasada Raju, director, Department of Culture, said that the reputation and stature of the university would in no way be affected. Major suggestions from the artists included granting autonomous status to Lalit Kala Akademi; leadership by an eminent personality from the field of art, representation in the general council from all regions of the State, and designing a system for periodic internal review of financial transactions and overall performance.