Kalakriti Art Gallery was set up by Rekha Lahoti & Prshant Lahoti in the year 2002. The Lahoti’s passion for art has brought him to open a gallery in his own space. The Gallery represents emerging and established contemporary artists in Hyderabad. Over the years, Kalakriti has debuted many young artists, and has also hosted exhibitions of some of the leading and distinguished artists like Amit Ambalal, Anju Dodiya, A Rajeswara Rao, Jehangir Jani, Jogen Chowdhury, K G Subramanyam, S H Raza, Surya Prakash, T Vaikuntam, and other brilliant works by many other celebrated artists. Art critics like Alka Pande, Jyotirmaya Sharma, Nancy Adajania, Ranjit Hoskote, Sujata Bajaj, sculptor & writer Radhakrishnan, and many more luminaries have held interactive sessions with the Hyderabad audience, which has helped the Hyderabad art scenario to mature over the past few years. The gallery actively ventures into collaborative programs with Alliance Francaise, Goethe Zentrum, University of Hyderabad, etc. and has participated in few national art fairs, namely Art Expo, Mumbai, India Art Fair, New Delhi and The Luxury Expo, Hyderabad.
In ten years of its career, the gallery has become renowned for its overwhelming and noticeable work and has come a long way in establishing itself as a well known art gallery in Hyderabad. Kalakriti has published Narendra Luther’s ‘Lashkar: The Story of Secunderabad’, and a multitude of exhibition catalogues of artists with critically analyzed text. Furthermore, the gallery has come up with limited editions of artist-signed art portfolios like serigraph works by Shuvaprasanna, Surya Prakash, and a wide range of art accessories.
Kalakriti, in association with reputed institutions and organizations, has arranged a couple of seminars and cultural activities. The Krishnakriti Arts and Culture Festival in January is an annual expression of this objective. Krishnakriti Art Foundation was launched in 2003, which is dedicated to the memory of the late Sri Krishnachandra B Lahoti, and is organized by Kalakriti with the Lahoti Foundation, to support artists and educational activities in the field of visual arts. Krishnakriti’s annual festival includes artist residencies where participants are invited from State, National & International. Along with films, classical music, theatre, lectures, conversations, seminars, workshops, art talks and other educational initiatives form this festival. After the camp, an auction of art work takes place, the proceeds of which not deducting any expense of the camp, in the form of scholarships, go towards supporting the education of deserving young arts students and budding artists from across India. Our philanthropy reaches to students through institutions in Hyderabad, Baroda, Santiniketan, Delhi & Bangalore.
Furthermore, Krishnakriti awards annual residency programs in France every year, in collaboration with the French Embassy.
Kalakriti always encourages and appreciates new ideas to spread wings in its space. Till date the gallery has played host to many major exhibitions and artists, the long list include, ‘Jannis.. A Relook’, solo show by Jehangir Jani; ‘Living with Great Masters: Kalakriti at Ten’; Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya’s ‘Recent & Retrospective’; Surya Prakash’s ‘A World with a View’; ‘Shakti.. an unique display of powerful art and subtle divinity’, a group show on Shakti series by many eminent artists; Anju Dodiya’s ‘Cloud Hunter & other works’ with talk and slide presentation, and ‘VIAPRESENCE by B2FAYS’, French Artist, an interactive multimedia show. Some of the early shows were Jogen Choudhry’s ‘A Calligraphy of Touch & Gaze’; ‘Rachana: The art of Rabindranath & the Tagores’, an exhibition of Paintings by Rabindranath, Abanindranath & Gaganendranath Tagore followed by a talk on Tagore’s visuality by Ms. Shanu Lahiri, former Dean, Faculty of Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata; ‘Recent works by K G Subramanyam’; ‘Ah! Intemperance’ by Rajeswara Rao; ‘A show of Serigraphs by S H Raza, T Vaikuntam, & Amit Ambalal’; ‘Say it with wood’ by Detlef Schulz, a German Artist; Sujata Bajaj’s Paintings and Ceramics with Book launch, to name a few.
Last year, the gallery has launched ‘Kalakriti Award for Achievement and Excellence’ which will be an annual feature to honor an individual who made a difference to the city with their work. The recipients of the honour are Sri Shankar Melkote & Cricketer VVS Laxman. Moving forward, The French Government bestowed the award of ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) on Prshant Lahoti. The honour comes in recognition to the valued contributions of Mr. Lahoti towards the warm and cordial relations between India and France in the field of arts & culture.