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PROFESSOR CHINMAY MEHTA A GENIUS SUI GENERIS IN ART, DESIGN AND ACADEMICS It is always
PROFESSOR CHINMAY MEHTA
A GENIUS SUI GENERIS IN
ART, DESIGN AND ACADEMICS
It is always fascinating to know people who carve a niche for
themselves and Professor Chinmay Mehta is no exception. He
was a Professor and Dean, Faculty of FineArts,University of
Rajasthan,Jaipur (India ). But that is not all, he has other talents as
well. He is multi-media Painter and Designer of Large size Mural
(wall Paintings ) and Fantasy Resorts in ethnic and indigenous
style. Not only exceptionally well read, he himself is an experi-
enced author, writing prolifically on Art,Culture and Aesthetics.
Education :
Born in 1942 in a town near Udaipur, he obtained his post-gradu-
ation in Visual Arts (Painting) in 1963. He had his Doctors in
Philosophy in Fine Arts on his research project : Treatment of
Space in Miniature Paintings of Rajasthan : He has been teaching
Painting, Art History and Aesthetics at the graduation as well as
post-graduation levels. He has also been supervising research on
various subjects and twenty scholars have so far been awarded
Ph.D. under his supervision. He has also been associated with the
evaluation of Ph.D. and D.Litt. Dissertations of several Universi-
ties
RELIEF MURAL SIZE 6.4X5.5
LARGE SIZE TWIN MURAL IN
EMBOSSED METAL INSTALLED
ON GANPATI PLAZA, JAIPUR
Artist turned Architectural Designer:
As one of the very distinghuished Painter turned Environmantal
Designer,he has designed and executed large size Exhibition Pavil-
ions and famous theme resorts notably —Chokhi Dhani, Jaipur
Dhola ri Dhani in Hyderabad, and similar other projects, Rajkot,
Jodhpur. He is also designing a unique Village Haat/shilpagrams in
Dausa,Jhunjhnuand Sawai madhopur. With this, he will be known
as a rare Designer of Ethnic and Vernacular architecture in our
country. He uses his wide experience and artistic insight to bring
about a fresh perspective to any project he undertakes. While
pursuing varied interests, he values honesty and loyalty most
RELIEF MURAL
RECEPTION--CHOKHI
DHANI,
As professional painter and Mural designer:
JAIPUR
For last forty years he has been holding solo and joint shows that
have been applauded by both media and the connoisseurs of art
throughout the world He was invited by the State University
of New York in 1977 for a successful lecture demonstration
and exhibition programme. His large size Murals are signifi-
cantly contributing to the charm and elegance of prominent
public places. He is a ceaseless experimenterof new tech-
niques of art and a conscious artist who works with a mis-
sion and purpose.
ETHNIC RESORTS -- CHOKHI
JAIPUR
DHANI,
He has been honored with the National Academy award
at its 43 rd. National Exhibition of Art in Bangalore. He
participated in the National Senior Artists’ Camp organised
by the Central Lalit Kala Academy to observe the 70th birth
anniversary of eminent painter Sh. B.C.Sanyal. As a distin-
guished scholar and Painter, he has been invited to several
prestigious symposiums and workshps in India and abroad.
RESTAURANT---
ETHNIC FANTASY
HYDERABAD
He had been invited to Dhaka (Bangaladesh ) as Commis- sioner of the Indian section
He had been invited to Dhaka (Bangaladesh ) as Commis-
sioner of the Indian section at Asian Art Biennale and speaker
at the International symposium on Indigenous Art: tradition
where he had also participated in the International Artists
workshop.
Academic Leadership :
He has been the sole spirit behind the development of the
first full- fledged Faculty of Fine Arts with the introduction of
BFA and MFA degree courses in Rajasthan. His long experi-
ence of heading the Department of Painting and the Faculty
of Fine Arts for more than four successive terms as Dean and
Coordinator testifies to his administrative acumen. Out of his
varied observation and reading, he has acquired unusual
wisdom that entitles him to play the role of an artist, academic
writer and an administrator with equal competence.
He has also served as a member of the Vice -Chancellor’s
INSTINCTS (COMPOSITION IN OIL)
Committee for officiating him in his absence. He has been
keenly interested in Curriculum Designing and has led the
drafting of syllabi of B.F.A, M.F.A and P.G. degree and di-
ploma in Tele-Film production, instituted for the first time in
Rajasthan. He has been entrusted U.G.C.’s major research
project on: Study of Regional Art Forms (Visual and Per-
UNTITLED (EMBOSSED MURAL IN METAL)
NATIONAL AWARD -2001
forming) of Rajasthan to evolve and design Rural Communi-
cation concepts and programmes. He has participated in the
National Symposium on What Have the Arts in Common
jointly organised by the Indira Gandhi Centre for Arts and
Dhvanyaloka in Mysore. (2nd to 5th June,1993 ).
As a rare amalgam of academics with art he defies definition
of his personality : a greater artist or an academician. It looks
pretty much the same. He has come a long way. His work
deserves to be evaluated according to high standards.
Prof. Mehta has been a member of the U.G.C’ s panel on Fine
arts and Art History and many other U.G.C committees, Vice
President of Indian Music Congress, coordinator of the state
chapter SPIC MACAY, to mention a few of his deserved asso-
ciations. His chief associations and prestigious assignments
COMPOSITION IN OIL
are that he has been a member and conveyer of the U.G.C.’s
Nirali Dhani -Chopasani Road Jodhpur
visiting committee that has been constituted to recommend
the financial allocation for the 9th Plan for the following two
Universities: like Rabindra Bharati University,Calcutta.and
I.K.S. Vishwavidhyalaya, Khairagarh.He has been a member
of several selection committees of a number of prominent in-
stitutions and Universities ,
He had been elected as a member of the Executive Board and
other important committees of the National Lalit Kala Acad-
emy, New Delhi.He was also nominated as Member of the
General council of Sangeet Natak Academy,New Delhi. He
represented Lalit kala akademy at the pogramme committee
of West Zone Cultural Center,Udaipur. He was nominated as
Chairman of the Rajasthan State Academy of Fine Arts,Jaipur
Prof. Mehta’s versatility, his deep insight into art, his hu-
mane concern for society and his innate talent for novelty
deserve to be
fruitfully utilized by way of entrusting him
with greater responsibility, demanding innovation and
ingenuity
— Dr. Monica Joshi
Phone : 91 0141 2652057 Mobile : 9829065205
Conference Hall, DHANI IN RAJKOT
Former Chairman, Rajasthan state Academy of Fine Arts, Jaipur
Fasade of the open air Dhala ri dhani Hyderabad
(India)
E mail -chinmay_indiajpr @ yahoo.com