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Tipu Sultan battle victory artwork up for auction at estimated Rs 8 crore


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Tipu Sultan’s battle vs British victory art up for grabs  


A 10-m-wide panoramic early nineteenth century painting of the Battle of Pollilur that historian William Dalrymple has described as “arguably the greatest Indian picture of the defeat of colonialism that survives” is going under the hammer at Sotheby’s on Wednesday. The artwork, the centrepiece of the “Arts of the Islamic World & India” auction, is estimated to be worth between £500k and £800k (Rs 5-8 crore) and currently belongs to a private collection in the UK. Only three such paintings exist, depicting the battle won by Tipu Sultan on September 10, 1780, as part of the Second Anglo-Mysore War. The Times of India compiles the information. 


Art galleries in Chitrakala Parishath’s 6 regional centres: Karnataka CM  


The Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath will establish ‘chitrakala’ galleries in six regional centres, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Sunday. After inaugurating the 19th edition of the popular street art festival ‘Chitra Santhe’ in Bengaluru, Bommai said that there is a demand to make Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, an autonomous institution, into a deemed university and steps would be taken towards it in the next session of the state assembly. Bommai interacted with the artists as he watched their artworks on display and sale at the festival which stretched from Windsor Manor Circle to Shivananda Circle. Artists from many states and even other countries have put up their pieces of art on show and sale. The Indian Express tells you more.  


Hyderabad’s M Eshwariah Art Gallery hosts Mother India art exhibition 


Hyderabad-based M. Eshwariah Art Gallery is celebrating the month of March with its annual Mother India art exhibition. In its second year, the show from March 26 till April 2 has 18 artists from Hyderabad and the states of Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Orissa and Gujarat registering for the show. The participating artists include Bharathi Kar, Devanshi Damani, Hema Nalini, Jayaraju Turimilla, Lakshmi Samavedam,  Mohan Raju, Navya Masam, Nivedita Chakraborty, Preeti Jain, Priyanka Singh, Rajeshwar Nannuta, Sairekha Raja, Sarita Arra, Seema Subedhar, Sumitra Reddy, Prasuna Murali, Pramod Kumar and Shalini Kusuma. The Hindu has more details. 


Pakistani truck art exhibition connecting communities in NZ 


The Pakistan Arts & Crafts Exhibition held at the Conference & Function Centre in Auckland on Saturday included scenic landscape photography, a historical timeline and vibrant hand-made crafts including Pakistanis world-famous truck art. Truck art originated in South Asia, specifically Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. Its origins date back to the 1920s when during the British rule Bedford trucks were imported from England en masse. “History tells us in the south continent, people travelled by camel and in order to identify them people used henna to decorate them,” said Pakistan New Zealand Friendship Association (PakNZ) president Junaid Hilal, adding, “That is how the designs started. Once we had trucks the drivers decided to do the same with them.” Stuff.co.nz has more on the development.