Latika Katt

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Latika Katt

Latika Katt (born 1948) is an Indian sculptor who specializes in stone carving, metal casting and bronze sculpting. She is notable for winning the Beijing Art Biennale Award for her bronze work titled "Makar Sankranti at Dashawmeth Ghat, Varanasi.

Latika graduated from The Doon School, an all-boys school in Dehradun. She has admitted that being in the minority as a girl in an all-boys school gave her confidence and courage in her later years. She started attending the Baroda College of Art to pursue Bachelor's in Fine Art, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda where she graduated with First Class honours in 1971 She was awarded a scholarship to research at the Slade School of Art, London University, London in 1981.

She first got great recognition in the 1970s for a body of experimental work made from cow dung as she did not have funds for anything else. [4] Her talent was spotted by the politician and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during an art exhibition, who later encouraged her to take sculpting as a profession. She is a great admirer of Auguste Rodin and uses naturalism as her leitmotif. Her interest and association with nature was kindled by her father, a botanist. [4] She taught at Jamia Millia Islamia and Banaras Hindu University for many years starting 1981 and is currently the Head of Department of Fine Arts at Jamia Millia Islamia. Claiming to sculpt real people, most of her subjects are her relatives, friends and students. She lives and works from Delhi and Banaras.

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